Cardboard signs are practically free, completely free if you already have paint at home, a couple bucks if you have to run to the dollar store. I always have paint at home. Here is how I made the signs for my son’s 2nd birthday party. YOU WILL NEED:
- exacto knife
- stencil or printout if you can’t draw freehand
- super glue or duct tape
- sticks to put signs in ground (optional)
First I cut out squares from cardboard boxes and rounded the edges. The easiest way to cut cardboard is lay it down flat on a cutting board or another piece of cardboard and with a ruler or straight edge (I use a long paint stirrer, free at most hardware stores) cut along your “ruler”. Press down lightly, not cutting all the way through the cardboard, helping you make a nice clean line, then hold the cardboard up and cut down the line you just made. I find this much easier than putting all my weight into trying to cut through the first time, sometimes slipping and cutting a wiggly line.
After you’ve cut out your squares, use your scissors to round the corners. Once you’ve made your shapes, paint your signs yellow or orange. I did 2 layers of Acrylic Paint from the Dollar Store. Once your paint has dried, use your “ruler” and draw a line around the edges with a black sharpie.
I’m awful at free hand bubble letters so I used a stencil for some and for others I printed the words from a word document, cut them out and traced them. After tracing them with pencil, I outlined them with sharpie to help keep it neat and easier to paint.
After everything was dry, I super glued the cardboard sign to some sticks I found in our garage or you can use the paint stick stirrers and then used some duct tape just in case his party fell on a windy day. Voila! Some awesome signs to get your guests pumped for your theme as they approach the party! …and to help them find the bathrooms!