How to build an A-frame wooden sign

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are looking for a way to get your message to the public, consider making your own wooden A-frame sign. Another name for an A-frame sign is a sandwich board sign. Not only will making your own A-frame sign save your money but when it comes time to take down your sign, you can simply fold it flat and store it away for later use. The sign’s design is also easy to replicate and you can build it from recycled materials.

Lay two 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide plywood boards of equal sizes next to each other. Sand down the faces of the plywood with 400-grit sandpaper and dust them off.

Paint on any designs or text you would like the boards to display and allow the paint to dry.

Turn the plywood boards so their backs aim upwards and arrange them so that their tops are touching.

Install two hinges on the boards where the tops of the boards meet. Use screws that will not go all the way through your plywood.

Glue rubber stoppers to the bottom of the sign so that it catches on the floor. These stoppers also protect the floor from the rough wooden edges of the board.

Stand the sign erect and attach hooks halfway up the sides of the plywood. You may need a friend to hold it in place while you attach the anchors.

Hook a chain onto the hooks of the sign. The chain only needs to be long enough to reach from one anchor to the other without letting the sign lay flat.


Wear gloves to protect your hands from splinters while you work with the plywood before you sand it. Acrylic paint works well for the sign. It is durable and it dries quickly. Sketch the sign concept before you paint on the wood. This helps you develop the concept further and gives you a visual reference of what you want before while you paint the A-frame board.

Things You'll Need

  • Plywood
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hinges
  • Glue
  • Rubber stoppers
  • Hooks
  • Chains
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