How to make your own street sign

Written by heather finch
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Street signs can be used to decorate the inside of your home or mark a long driveway. Stealing street signs is illegal, but you can make your own street sign out of old sheet metal and reflective paint. Customise your street sign with your last name, a favourite hobby or another feature that characterises your home. You can warn traffic of children playing or dogs crossing. You don't have to limit yourself to words --- use fun graphics to get your message across.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sheet metal, cut in the dimensions you need
  • Primer suitable for metal
  • Spray paint suitable for metal
  • Reflective spray paint
  • Old sheet or tarp
  • Cardboard
  • X-Acto knife

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  1. 1

    Use a heavy cardboard (such as the back of a notebook) to create a stencil. Draw your letters or pictures on the stencil and cut it out using an X-Acto blade.

  2. 2

    Clean the sheet metal of any dirt, dust or oil. Protect surfaces with a sheet or tarp. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply primer and for drying time.

  3. 3

    Paint the sign in the colour you desire. Use a spray paint suitable for metal and apply two or three light coats. Allow to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Using your stencil, paint the text or graphics on your sign. If your stencil does not cover the entire sign, block off any exposed metal with an old sheet or newspaper. Make sure the stencil is flat to the metal to ensure a clean application. Apply two to three coats of spray paint and let dry completely.

  5. 5

    Use a reflective coat of paint to enhance visibility of your sign at night. Coat the entire sign or just your graphics. You may need several coats to achieve desired results.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when applying spray paint. Work outside or in a well-ventilated area and wear protective goggles and a mask to reduce exposure.

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