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Decorating is a great excuse for employing idle hands and filling empty walls. In the past I’ve created Space Invaders and Transformers inspired wall art, science fiction coasters, and video game themed shot glasses. This week though, I went with something even more practical: Decorative Safety Signage.

Husband is used to my projects and is really just happy when they’re finished and off the coffee table. So, when he saw me start on this project he merely nodded with approval at its simplicity and scowled at the spray paint. Apparently, some humans find toxic fumes irritating…

Another thing humans find irritating: Fire. Because of this, every home should be equipped with an easy to find fire extinguisher. Every adult in your home should also read and understand the usage directions for your fire extinguisher; not all extinguishers can be used on all fire types. But once you have the right fire extinguisher for your room is its helpful, directional signage going to clash with the rest of your hard decorating work?

Not if you make the sign yourself. (Also, the sign could go anywhere and just be a decorative misdirection.)

If you’re interested in making similar safety signage for your home, follow the tutorial below.

(This was previously posted on my site In Case of Survival)

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
  1. Acrylic paint or spray paint
  2. File folder
  3. Sponge paint brush
  4. X-acto knife (or similar tool)
  5. Printer
  6. Tape
  7. Desired safety sign symbol
  8. 12×12 metal square (or other surface that you choose to use as a sign)
  9. Optional – spray on clear coat