How to make signs out of cardboard. Yes, it's easy and quite effective. All you need is a band saw or scroll saw, some free cardboard, a little imagination and you can make many different signs. For this instructable, THINK is used to show the process.
Step 1: Design and Cut Out Sign Letters
To make this sign, I went into my word processor and simply selected a font and made it to the size I wanted. In this case, it's 350 points.
Step 2: Trace or Outline Letters on Your Cardboard
Simply hold letters down and outline them with a dark pencil.
Step 3: Cut Out All Letters on the Bandsaw (or Scroll Saw).
I use a 1/8 inch blade on the saw so that it is relatively easy to make the curves necessary in cutting out the letters.
Step 4: Cut All Letters
Finish cutting letters.
Step 5: Cut Some Border Strips
For this sign, border or frame strips are 5/8 in. wide.
Step 6: Glue All Pieces to Backing
Carefully line out letters and place where wanted. Add glue and press into place. Borders are glued in this step also.
Step 7: Add Some Hangers to Sign
For hangers, I simply use some scrap paper, cut to about 5/8 inch, punch a hole in the two pieces, and glue into place. Sign is very light, so this method is sufficient.
Step 8: Admire Your Sign
Stand back and enjoy your handiwork. Sign is ready to hang.
Step 9: Possibilities:
Several other examples are shown to demonstrate possibilities for making signs. Check out my shop on Etsy.http://etsy.com Enter creativeman under sellers:username
Step 10: Additional Cardboard Signs
I keep making these, thought some would like to see them. Hope your efforts are going well.
Step 11: One More Thing...
I needed to re-do my graphic on this sign so that it looked more reasonable. What do you think?