Please Excuse the Mess Sign

With Mother’s Day being today, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of my favorite pieces of toddler art, my please excuse the mess sign, and a moment captured that I will treasure forever.  My 3 little loves that make the majority of the mess in my house/life make me so proud on a daily basis to be a mom, even if they are a little sloppy like me.  Here are the gifts they gave to me this morning!  They were so proud and excited they couldn’t sleep.  LOVE!

I honestly thought that as they grew up, the mess would get less, but I guess that makes me a moron because it is just different, and probably worse.  Or maybe not worse, just more annoying because they know better? Either way, this sign is still appropriate as my house is not disgusting, but is unquestionably lived in.  And I’m ok with that!  I’d rather go to the gym or work on a project than clean my baseboards. One day my boys will leave and I’ll miss this mess…

So, this is a super old post from my first blog back in 2015.  I wanted to transfer it over though because this is still one of my favorite pieces of decor and graces my walls, even after moving and all the millions of projects made that could take its place.  The sticker letters and canvas are still available at Hobby Lobby or at the affiliate links provided if you don’t feel like going to the store.


I saw this beautiful hand painted wooden sign online not too long ago saying “Please excuse the mess… we live here” and thought that it was perfect for my house.  I felt that it was a bit too pretty though to describe my mess and thought it would be a fun project for my toddler to participate in.  Especially since 80% of the mess made comes from him.

I bought a 16″x20″ canvas and 2 packs of these Paper Studios letters from Hobby Lobby and got to work.  To line everything up I drew a very light line DOWN the middle as well as ACROSS the middle, since I knew these letters would fit in 6 lines.  Based off the size of the letters I figured there would be about a 1/2″ space between the lines of letters.  Does that even make sense?  It does in my head lol

Why are 2 of the Es white and barely visible?  Because the store ran out of black letters and since it was being painted over anyways, I didn’t care what color they were.  By the way, because I was watching for sales I got everything 50% off, so this turned out to be a pretty frugal piece of art.

I let my 2 year old Rush go through my paint colors (just basic acrylic paint) and then get to work 🙂  I enjoy easy projects like this because it allows my toddler to have some fun while his big brother is in preschool.

My kids love painting and feel so proud that I put their art all over my walls and cabinets.  I think the finished product is beautiful and describes my house so perfectly 🙂



Quick Tip:  As you can see there is some bleed through from where he went really heavy with the paint.  I would remove the stickers with a tweezers right after painting.  I am not sure if it was the over saturation of paint, or heat from letting it dry outside, but I had to do a lot of scraping to get the stickers off.  If they do get stuck, just wet it with a little water and rub.  Comes off easily!

I hope your kiddos have fun with this project. I’d loved to see their finished please excuse the mess sign when they are done!  Please share here with a comment or tag me on social media!

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