2. NYPD regulations stipulate that protest signs cannot contain wood, PVC or metal. This is to prevent them from being used as weapons.
3. This sign was made and used in Manhattan, NYC to protest the Vatican's crackdown on Catholic Sisters in the United States.
4. The design goals for this project are to be inexpensive, durable, visibly stand out and quick to build.
Step 1: Supplies (mostly From Home Depot)
2. Orange duct tape
3. Masking tape
5. 5 paint sample cards
6. About 6 sheets of printer paper (can get from Staples)
7. String (old boot laces would work)
8. The rug sample on the left could be discarded.
Step 2: Tape Up Box
2. Be sure to tape the top, bottom and flaps.
Step 3: Cover One Side With Paper
2. Use the masking tape to secure the paper to the box and each other.
Step 4: Use Duct Tape for Lettering
2. Use these to form letters.
3. Size the letters according to the number of words. As a general guide, perhaps 6 inches high by 3 inches wide.
Step 5: Carrying Handle
2. Push the string through them and tie a knot to form handle.
Step 6: Additional Messages
2. In this case, we put a website on them. You can also repeat the duct tape message.
3. Using the orange duct tape, tape them on to the front of the sign.
Step 7: Sign Being Transported
2. Note the handle at the top.
3. On the day this picture was taken, there was some light rain, which the sign was able to withstand.
Step 8: To the Barricades! (Enhancement #1)
2. One enhancement that I made was a cardboard pole that I found in the garbage.
3. I covered the pole in grey duct tape and secured it to the back of the sign using duct tape.
Step 9: Back of the Sign - Enhancement #2
2. Then attach all 4 pieces to the back of the sign using the orange duct tape. You should have some orange duct tape left over.
Step 10: Protest Sign in Action at St. Patrick's Cathedral
Step 11: Protest Sign at St. Patrick's Cathedral #2
2. Note the orange duct tape securing the cardboard pole to the sign.
3. The papers on the upper part of the sign are covering up the tape that is holding the sign to the pole. This leads to a slightly cleaner appearance.