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How to Make a Directional Sign

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Did your Spring Break plans get busted? Are you missing out on weekend roadtrips or time off where you had planned visiting a new city, state or destination? Yep! Same here! So what do you do when you have the travel bug and absolutely can’t travel anywhere? Gas is the lowest it’s been in at least 20 years. Amazing destinations are calling your name and you can’t leave your home or yard. That’s when you get creative and make a directional sign to remind you of all the amazing places you want to visit as soon as travel bans get lifted and life returns to a more normal pace.

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How to Make a Directional Sign

I love finding directional signs when we are out on an adventure. No matter where I travel, my family and friends love to help me find these fun photos! Since I can’t travel right now, I decided it was the perfect time to make my own directional sign for my backyard.

Materials Needed:

  • Old Pallet for arrows
  • Saw
  • Post (4×4 from my barn)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Cricut and iron on adhesive (for stencils)
  • Paintbrush (or sponges)
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Post Hole Digger – optional

Make Your Signs

With all the stay at home restrictions in place right now, I knew I had to be creative and use what I have here at home. I rummaged through the barn and found an old pallet and had my husband cut them into similar shape arrows.

Pick Your Place/Names

This is arguably the most fun part of the project. Which names do you want to use?

  • Do you choose places you love and have a connection to already?
  • Do you pick destinations you’ve never visited and want to explore?
  • Do you use the cities where your family live?

There’s no right or wrong choice!

Print & Paint Your Destinations

I used my Cricut to create stencils to make this process easier. I used a blocky font and cut out some heat transfer vinyl destinations names. Weed out the cut pieces so you have a full piece to paint as a stencil. Paint each destination a different color using a sponge brush.

I discovered that it is best to cut each state name individually from your Cricut. If you do them all at the same time you won’t have enough margin to be able to cut the various names. Once you paint over the stencil, gently remove it and you will see your finished letters.

Assemble the Sign

Once you have all the arrows painted, it’s time to assemble the sign.

Since I was using a 4×4 from the barn, I used the post hole digger to make my hole. Depending on what size post you use, you may be able to just hammer it into the ground.

Arrange your arrows on the ground so you know which direction you want to add them to your pole. *I chose to not add the mileage to each state but feel free to add miles if you want!

I found that it worked easiest to drill a pilot hole before I screwed the arrows into the post.

Once the arrows are attached, you are ready to enjoy dreaming of all your next travels!

Where will you travel when life returns to “normal”? Will you take a road trip across the county, state or all the way “out west”? I can’t wait to hop in the van and go explore somewhere new, but till then, I’ll just enjoy my new directional sign in my backyard!


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