How to Make a Sign on a Stick

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Make a sign on a stick to carry in a protest march.
Make a sign on a stick to carry in a protest march. (Image: NA/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Sturdy signs on sticks have a number of uses, from picket marches to indicating your garage sale. Luckily, making a clear, durable sign on a stick is both quick and inexpensive. Foam core, the craft board used for science fair backboards and photograph mats, has a smooth surface ideal for use with permanent markers. When adhered to a yardstick, foam core stays stiff, keeping your sign from flapping in the breeze and ensuring that your message is visible to all who pass by.

Things You'll Need

  • Box cutter
  • Foam core board
  • Magic markers
  • Yardstick
  • Duct tape
  • Glue stick (optional)

Use a box cutter to cut a piece of foam core board to whatever size you like. Write your message on the board with permanent magic markers. Glue on any images with a glue stick.

Allow the glue and marker to dry for 10 minutes. Turn the board face-down.

Lay a yardstick vertically down the middle of the board. Because the foam core is stiff, you can place the top of the yardstick as low as you like. It does not have to come all the way up to the top of the board to keep the sign from flopping.

Tear off at least two 6-inch sections of duct tape. Lay the tape horizontally, sticky-side down, over the yardstick. Press down on the tape to stick the yardstick to the board.

Carry your sign in a protest or stick it in the dirt in your yard.

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