How to Make a Protest Sign

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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How to Make a Protest Sign
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Large crowds gather all across the United States to hold rallies and protests. Protests allow consumers to group together for causes they believe in or feel strongly about. Many protests are political in nature, while others are related to social or environmental causes. Most participants in protests hold signs that allow them to make a statement. Learn to get started and make a protest sign from home.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Posterboard
  • Staples
  • Wood Glue
  • Wooden Rod
  • Markers/Paint

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    Determine an appropriate message for your protest sign. Simple and concise messages work best. Messages too long may not be legible at a distance. Acronyms tend to be an effective means of promoting messages, particularly if you can come up with a creative acronym using the initials of the group/event you are protesting.

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    Purchase the materials needed to construct your protest sign. The recommended method of construction is to use a piece of cardboard sandwiched by two pieces of posterboard, on which you will write your message. This is effective for its sturdiness; the cardboard centre allows the sign to withstand wind.

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    Write or paint your message on your sign, prior to constructing it. Use a marker to make block letters that will be easy to read from a distance. If you decide to use colours other than black, make sure the colours are not too light. Colours such as pink or yellow will be very difficult to read.

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    Sandwich the cardboard with the two pieces of posterboard and staple the top and sides. Do not connect the bottom initially. Add your rod to the bottom centre of the board and glue both sides to it. Let the glue set, then staple the parts of the board leading up to the rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember not to get out of hand while protesting; peaceful demonstrations are much more effective at making a point than rowdy or violent ones. Follow all local laws when protesting.

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