Steps for Making a Stop Sign

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Steps for Making a Stop Sign
Make your own stop sign out of cardboard. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Stop signs are useful in more situations than as a traffic regulating tool. You can use stop signs in classrooms, for children's games, as room decorations or for any other purposes you can think up. Since it's illegal to take an actual stop sign from a road, you can make your own life-size sign out of cardboard and paint.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Ruler
  • Red acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Draw the outline of an octagon on the cardboard. Each side should be 30 inches away from the opposite side, and the eight sides should each be an even 10 inches long. Measure the lines and use a ruler to make sure everything is straight and even.

  2. 2

    Cut the sign shape carefully out of the cardboard using scissors or a box cutter. The edges should be sharp and neat.

  3. 3

    Paint the background of the stop sign with bright red acrylic paint and allow it to dry. If the paint allows some of the cardboard colour to show through, add another coat.

  4. 4

    Paint a thin, white border around the edge of the stop sign. The border should be 20mm., or a little less than 0.8 inches wide. Allow the paint to dry completely and add another layer on top if needed.

  5. 5

    Paint the capital letters "STOP" in white paint in the centre of the sign. They should be 25cm. tall, or 9.8 inches. Keep the thickness of the letters the same as the thickness of the white border around the edge.

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