With children going back to school it is important to continue to educate them about the importance of hygiene to limit the spread of viruses such as Covid-19. Current instructional signs can look uninteresting and clinical which does not appeal to children.

Now is a better time than ever to create fun, exciting displays to remind and instruct children to wash their hands. This project would be a lovely addition to any classroom, bathroom or handwashing station and would really appeal to children, which will be much more likely to encourage them to wash their hands.

Back to School with Covid-19

Keep reading to discover how to make a fun sign!

Supplies needed:

Ellison SuperStar Excel Machine Only w/Extended Sliding Tray & Sliding Adapter Pad (#30650)

Sizzix Big Shot Pro Accessory - Solo Platform, Shim & Wafer-Thin Die Adapter (#657435)

Ellison SureCut Die Set - Fruit Smoothie Alphabet, Capital Letters - 4 Inch (#20634-4IN)

Sizzix Surfacez - Cardstock, 8 1/4" x 11 5/8", 20 Assorted Colors, 80 Sheets (#663007)

Ellison SureCut Die - Handprint, Child (Basic Beginnings) - Large (#21758-LG)

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK – Circles (#657551)

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Squares (#657565)

Foam Adhesive Sheets

White Acrylic Paint and Thin Paintbrush.

White Frame (roughly A4 size)


White A4 Piece of Cardstock


  1. Using the Square Framelits die set, cut out 12 squares from dark blue cardstock.
  2. Cut around 5 ranging sizes of small circles using the Circle Framelits die set from a lighter shade of blue.
  3. Using the Fruit Smoothie alphabet set, cut out all the letters you will need to write your message, in this case ’20 seconds’ was used to let children know how long they should wash their hands for.
  4. Die-cut two of the hand shapes using the Handprint die from your chosen colour of cardstock.
  5. Use the glue to adhere the dark blue squares to the white A4 piece of card. Leave consistently sized gaps between each of the squares to create a white grid between them. This is to give the effect of a tiled bathroom wall.
  6. On the circle elements, I used a small amount of white acrylic paint to paint a curved line on each circle. This makes the circles look more like bubbles.
  7. Using foam adhesive pads, position your elements as shown in the picture. The foam pads give the elements dimension, allowing them to stand out. One hand should be positioned behind the other at a different angle to give the impression of rubbing hands together.

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