How to Make a Folding Wooden Yard Sale Sign

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If you make your own wooden yard sale sign, make it foldable so you can put it away neatly for the next year’s yard sale. Wood will hold up to the weather if you seal the surface properly, and you can paint over old lettering if you need to change wording or design. You can make a simple folding sign by joining two panels together with some sturdy hinges. Paint the lettering on both sides, and people passing by will be able to see the sale sign from both directions.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2-inch plywood or other form of lumber
  • Wood saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Exterior oil-based wood primer
  • Exterior oil-based paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Butt hinges
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill
  • Cut out two panels of sturdy 1/2-inch plywood or other form of lumber. A standard width for many signs is 24 inches wide with a height of 36 inches.

  • Prime both sides of each panel with an exterior oil-based wood primer, similar to the final color of your sign, with a 2- to 3-inch paintbrush. Allow the wood to dry for the recommended time on the paint can.

  • Paint the same two panels with an exterior oil-base paint, still using the 2- to 3-inch paintbrush, working with the grain of the wood. Cover again with another coat if necessary after drying between coats. Dry thoroughly.

  • Position two butt hinges between the two panels, with the top of the hinge extending just past the top of the wood panels. Mark their placement with a pencil. Screw one side of the hinges into the inside of the top panel and the second side into the bottom panel using an electric drill. Repeat for the second hinge.

  • Add the wording to your sign and set up by opening the panels at the bottom and standing up the sign.

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