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Make Your Own Signs


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We live in a day of easier consumerism — you dream it and they've probably already made it. We can easily find just about anything we want to buy and obtain it with fairly little effort, especially now with the Internet. Sometimes, though, when it comes to signs, our best option is simply to make our own so that they say exactly what you want them to say. Today we'll examine some of the options for doing just that.

One of the most readily available to us is a computer and printer. Here are several homemade signs using those media:

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So handy, and sometimes so wrong!

If no computer is available, just hand letter a sign yourself. As they say, if you want it done right, do it yourself!

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Another fairly inexpensive option is the use of stencils. Just be careful of the order in which you use them.

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The next option — the changeable letter marquee board — would involve more expense than most of us would like to incur for home use, but for businesses, it works great ... or at least it can. (BTW, getting to change the letters on one of these signs is the life-long, secret desire of my dear wife Becka. Shhh!)

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That last one with the misspelled word "exception" leads us into the area of handmade protest signs, which also often contain some great errors.

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The last one in that series leads us to the whole area of the overuse and abuse of the apostrophe in signage. People do this all the time trying to make a word plural with an apostrophe and an "s" or confusing contractions like it's (= it is) and pronouns like its ( = belonging to "it"). Here are two handwritten signs with unneeded apostrophe's (and yes, I did do that intentionally....) 😀

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It's not just Americans who struggle with that. Notice that the second sign above has the symbol for the British pound in the price. There are whole websites and blogs out there for those of you who love this kind of abuse. Just do a search for "apostrophe abuse".

Here are several signs that show the old to-too-two struggle still goes on, or maybe some don't even try to struggle with it....

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That last one makes me wonder "to many what"?!

Some makers of homemade signs struggle with math skills rather than English grammar.

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Some are impatient and just use whatever materials are at hand to make their sign.

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Do you have a favorite kind of homemade sign?

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"Tell me what you need and I'll tell you how to get along without it." - unknown

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Rob

Before I criticize a man, I walk a mile in his shoes. That way if he gets angry at my criticism, he is a mile away and barefoot.


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9 Comments on “Make Your Own Signs”

  1. #1 Donna
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    There was a curve near our old house where almost weekly you would see a squashed squirrel. I wanted to make a “squirrel crossing” sign to post there!

  2. #2 LeAnne Solt
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 8:35 am

    For several months, a bike shop on Wade Hampton advertised: “All Suzuki’s 0 money down.” I wondered each time we passed the sign if Suzuki knew or cared that someone was offering to put all her money down on a bike.

  3. #3 Carrie
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Too many favorites to choose just one! I love poor Tom’s demise and the shcool stencil. Especially the workers scratching their heads–at least they seem to have noticed! Misused apostrophes are a pet peeve of mine too. My family has a special memory of watching a McDonald’s employee change the letters of their sign on a windy day.

  4. #4 b.j.
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    My least favorite task (most hated?) at my job is changing the sign. Becka can HAVE it!! If she were only closer.
    Love that last quote about the shoes. My cousin is walking everywhere barefoot today to raise awareness of those who don’t have shoes. I think I will post this as a comment on his facebook! ha ha

  5. #5 Karen M.
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    All of these signs are hilarious! So sad, though, that we as a people in America cannot spell, cannot punctuate properly, cannot write legibly.

    I’ve taught grammar and writing for 37 years and it is not becoming better! Hmmm…

  6. #6 John T
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve always been sensitive to grammar/spelling/logic errors, and I have to say I believe it’s getting worse. (all teh txting prolly haznt helpd!)

    I remember one of the local Hardee’s restaurants had a message on the reader board for quite some time that read: “Try our breakfast bowels”.

  7. #7 Laura
    on Apr 8th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Homemade signs . . . I was helping my next-door neighbor today, and when I left her house and walked across her driveway, I saw that one of my boys had left a lengthy “wash me” plea in the pollen dust on her car. Couldn’t leave it like that, so we got it rinsed off, but if I’d known you wanted homemade signs, I’d’ve photographed it first — just for you!

  8. #8 Sarah Calhoun
    on Apr 11th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    To simplify the job for those who have sign-changing tasks, Duncan Johnson, our son-in-law, has created a clever little computer program that helps sort out the letters needed, based on previous message and message to be posted. He changes the sign weekly at their church in GA. I just don’t know if he wants to market his program.

    Just a little FYI …
    Sarah

    ivman adds:
    Sarah, I checked with Duncan who said if people want to contact him about this. He wrote, “I haven’t actually used that thing much anymore myself, but I hear that they still use it at Mount Calvary. If someone actually contacts me from her comment I’ll be happy to help them out.” He gave as the contact e-mail duncan {at} duncanandmeg [dot] org (To spare him some spam, I’ll let you convert that to an e-mail address.)

  9. #9 Ann
    on Apr 12th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    In my hometown, we have to park on different sides of the road depending on the time of the week because of snow-plowing. Even though it doesn’t snow year-round, we still have to keep moving our cars all year. The sign on one side of the road says “No Parking from Sun. 4 PM to Wed. 4 PM”. The sign on the other side of the road says “No Parking from Wed. 4 PM to Sun. 4 PM”. Many people have been very confused by this and can’t figure out what side of the road to park on. Even the police can’t figure out who to give a ticket to.