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How to Build a Wearable Sandwich Board Sign

Updated February 21, 2017

A wearable sandwich board can be used in various situations such as during protests or as advertising for a local business. The idea is to print a slogan, message or advertisement on the front and back of an A-frame board and have it worn by a person so as to increase its visibility or to allow the wearer to have their hands free to hand out leaflets. Building one yourself is very easy and, depending on what it is for, can be made in a variety of ways.

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  1. Collect some suitable board material. As this board may have to be worn for long periods of time it is best to keep it as light as possible. Wood products, such as MDF, will last longer and are easier to paint, but can be heavy. Cardboard is very light, but may fall apart after a rain.

  2. Drill a hole in both top corners of both boards using the drill. The size of the hole depends on the thickness of the string or cord being used. Remember not to make the hole too big as you will be knotting the string or cord so it will not fall out.

  3. Paint the boards in a single base colour. Having to many colours on the board will make it more difficult to read so it is best to stick to one main colour for the board and one for the lettering. Blackboard paint is very useful here as the message can be written in chalk and changed when needed.

  4. Apply the message or slogan in a contrasting colour. Make sure you spell it correctly as this will look unprofessional and detract from your goals.

  5. Thread the cord through the holes in the boards so there are now straps which can go over both shoulders.

  6. Tie a knot in each end of the string or cord so it cannot fall out.

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Things You'll Need

  • 4 foot-by-2 foot board
  • String or cord
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Drill

About the Author

Chris Rowling has been a professional writer since 2003. He has written news and features for publications covering insurance, pensions and financial markets as well as articles for local newspapers such as the "Richmond and Twickenham Times" and the "Hounslow Chronicle." Rowling graduated in 2002 from St. Mary University, London, and took a postgraduate degree in journalism.

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