A messy workplace kitchen is one of my pet peeves.
Where I work we have a kitchenette with a dishwasher. Everyone is supposed to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher, but my coworkers often leave their dishes in the sink and on the counter. They say they can't put away the dishes because they never know if the dishwasher has been run or not.
Last week I finally got sick of putting away my coworkers' dishes and decided to do something about it.
My solution took less than 20 minutes to make at my local makerspace, and since I already had all the parts it didn't cost me anything (even if I had to buy the materials it would have been less than a dollar worth of supplies).
Step 1: What You'll Need
The materials list for this project is very short:
- adhesive craft foam (I used leftovers from one of my many other craft foam projects)
Since I am a member of YuKonstruct, an awesome makerspace in Whitehorse, I did this project on the laser cutter, but you could cut the pieces with scissors just as easily.
Step 2: Design
Since I was using the laser cutter, I made a very simple design in CorelDRAW. If you are doing it by hand, you could just trace a round object onto two different colours of craft foam.
I chose to etch the words "Clean" and "Dirty" onto either side and used some cute icons by Maxim David.
Had I been making this magnet for somewhere other than my very professional workplace, I imagine I would have come up with more interesting representations of dirty and clean.
Step 3: Cut and Stick
Craft foam cuts really well in the laser cutter, but I had to play around with the settings a bit before I was happy with the results of the etching. Eventually I was able to get the laser to melt the foam enough to make the image visible, but not go all the way through to the backing paper.
Once you've cut out your foam pieces (either with a laser or scissors) peel off the backing paper and make a little magnet and foam sandwich. Lining up the two foam pieces is probably the hardest part of this whole project.
Step 4: Put the Finished Magnet on the Dishwasher
Now that your magnet is done, stick it to your office dishwasher.
When you run the dishwasher, flip it from dirty to clean. When you put away the clean dishes, flip it from clean to dirty.
Watch in amazement as your coworkers continue to leave dishes in the sink.