How to Make Wedding Signs

There is no better way to make a wedding your own than by making your own signs. Try placing a big sign in front of the venue to announce the event and welcome guests. Also design signs to guide guests, such as by pointing out where to sit or leave gifts. Add your own personal touch to the signs to make the wedding a day to remember!

EditSteps
EditTransferring a Printed Design
Purchase plywood boards from a home improvement store. Plywood boards are cheap, so they are commonly used for homemade signs. Preparing the wood isn’t necessary, but you can refine it by sanding the wood with a 60 to 80 medium-grit sandpaper followed by a 100 to 180 fine-grit sandpaper. Also try staining it to give it a unique color fitting a formal celebration.[1]
You can also cut the wood with a handsaw or circular saw if you want your sign to be a specific size.

Staining is good for darkening and preserving wood. Use a paintbrush to coat the wood in a commercial stainer.

Create your design on a word processor. Choose a classy font from the drop-down menu and type out the words you want to appear on your sign. Use the size settings to make the words as large as you need them to be on your sign.[2]
For more space, try flipping the page to landscape mode using the settings tab in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Make the font big, since people will be reading your sign from afar.

Print out the design components on paper. For smaller signs, you may be able to print the whole design in 1 document. If you are short on space, break the design into smaller pieces. Print it 1 word at a time so the design looks as big and impressive as it needs to be for a wedding.
To print 1 word at a time, move the other words to separate word processor files. Then print each file.

If you print words together in the same document, leave a few spaces between them. You may cut the paper to separate the words, making them easier to arrange.

Tape the design on top of the sign. Lay your sign down on a flat surface, then arrange your design pages on top of it. Make sure all the words are the right size before you start drawing. Once you are ready, hold the paper down with masking tape.[3]
You can use graphite transfer paper from a craft store to make the design transfer show up better. Place the matte side face-down beneath the design.

Outline your design with a sharp pencil. The pencil should be sharp enough that it pushes the lead into the wood, so that you can see the words once you remove the paper. Make sure to trace around all of the letters in your design.[4]
Hold the pencil down with firm pressure but don’t let it tear through the paper.

Remove the papers from the sign. Peel back the tape to get a glimpse of your design in action. You should be able to see the outline without much trouble. Erase, adjust, and retrace your design as needed until it looks perfect.

Color the design with markers. Chalk ink markers create bright, white lines that match well with the other art on display, like cake or the bride’s dress. Use it to outline the letters a second time, then color them in.[5]
For more color, try paint or paint markers. All of these supplies are available at most art supply stores.

Draw additional decorations on your sign. Take a step back and admire your work. You can customize your sign further if it seems a little empty. Consider printing out an image using the same process and tracing it onto the sign. Alternatively, paint on flowers or other decorations by hand to add your own personal flare.

EditPainting a Design with Stencils
Spray paint the sign with a background color. Plywood is the main choice for sign material, although other surfaces work too. Pick up a can of spray paint in a color that is pleasant as a background, such as black. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray the paint across the wood in short, even strokes.[6]

Wait up to 5 minutes for the paint to dry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how long to wait until the paint dries.
The paint doesn’t need to be fully dry, since you’ll be applying multiple coats.

Paint the sign again up to 5 times. Spray painting typically means a few coats of paint. Go over the sign once, then wait at least 5 minutes for the paint to dry a little. Repeat until the sign’s coloring looks smooth and even.

Wait a day for the paint to dry fully. Leave the sign in an area where it won’t be disturbed by you, a pet, or the elements.

Place adhesive stencils over the board. Before removing the adhesive backing and pressing the stencils onto your sign, take a step back and confirm it look the way you want it to. Ask a friend to confirm they can read everything from afar.[7]
Purchase adhesive stencils at your local craft supply store.

You may be able to work with non-adhesive stencils. Try to hold these down with masking tape.

If you can’t find a stencil you want, try making a design on a computer or by cutting stencil paper with a craft knife.

Paint over the stencils with acrylic paint. Make sure you’re painting directly over the stencil, and avoid getting paint under the stencil, which could ruin the words. Brush paint until the stencil is fully covered.[8]
Spray paint works well for larger stencils or if you use painter’s tape to protect the space around the stencils.[9]
Instead of using stencils and acrylics, you can use stickers and spray paint. Peel the stickers and place them on the sign, then spray paint over them. It’s a fast way to make a simple sign.

Remove the stencils immediately after painting them. As soon as you are done paining, peel off the stencils. If you can’t to keep them, clean them by washing them in the sink with warm water and whatever dish soap you have on hand. The stencils are reusable, so set them aside in case you need them again.[10]
If you don’t plan on using the stencils again, you can always throw them away.

Finish the signs with stickers and additional decorations. Now comes the best part. Once you have the basic design in place, come up with ways to personalize the sign for the big event. You can glue on stickers, ribbons, photos, and other decorations. Try holding them in place with decoupage glue, wood glue, or clear tape.[11]
You can always paint on special pictures or messages. Get creative and make this sign your own.

EditMaking a Chalkboard Sign
Sand the plywood down with a 100 to 180 fine-grit sandpaper. Pick out a solid piece of plywood from a home improvement store or improvise with scrap wood. Smooth it out before attempting to paint it. Rub the entire surface gently with a piece of sandpaper rated between 100 and 180-grit.[12]
To wear down tough spots on the wood, start with a 60 to 80 medium grit sandpaper. Follow up with the fine-grit sandpaper.

Signs are most often made out of wood, but you can attempt to make yours out of glass or metal. Follow the same steps but skip the sanding.

Paint the sign with a roller and chalkboard paint. Pour the paint into a tray and load it onto the roller. Then go over the sign once to coat it. Cover the entire sign, applying the paint as evenly as possible.[13]

Wait about 2 hours for the paint to dry. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on the label to find out how long to wait. The paint should become dry to the touch within 2 hours. Avoid waiting longer, or else the paint will settle completely.

Sand the paint after it dries. Use the fine-grit sandpaper again. Go over the entire sign to smooth out the paint layer. If you find any difficult spots, use the medium-grit sandpaper first.

Repeat painting and sanding up to 5 times. Roll on another layer of paint, then let it dry for another 2 hours. The trick is to get the paint to look thick and even. You shouldn’t be able to see any wood once you’re finished.[14]

Dry the sign for 72 hours. Set the chalkboard sign aside for a few days. Make sure it’s in a location where it won’t be disturbed by an accidental passerby, pet, or the elements.
If your sign is ruined while it’s drying, you can simply paint and sand it again!

Rub chalk over the sign to protect your sign. In order to protect the chalkboard once you’ve painted it, rub a piece of chalk until you’ve completely covered the sign’s surface. Then, simply remove it with a clean rag, and your sign is ready![15]
You can repeat this every time you erase your chalkboard for a longer lasting sign.

Draw your design on the board with chalk. Use the chalk stick to create a quick but temporary design. Chalk ink pencils and markers are other options available to you. These aren’t permanent either, but they come in a variety of colors you can use to make brighter signs.[16]

EditCreating a Pointed Sign
Cut the wood to size. First, obtain a piece of plywood, then cut it to the width you want your finished sign to be. The employees at your local home improvement store can help you with this. They can also cut the wood to length if you know how long you want the finished sign to be.[17]
You can also cut the sign yourself using a hand saw, circular saw, or miter saw. Be sure to take safety precautions, such as by wearing gloves and polycarbonate goggles.

Trace and cut lines on the end of the wood to create the arrow shape. Draw diagonal lines from about down the longer ends to the center point with a pencil. Once you’ve drawn your arrow lines, erase and adjust as necessary before cutting.
You can cut your arrow lines at your local home improvement store or at home.

The measurements vary depending on your sign. Adjust your lines as needed to make them even.

If you don’t want to cut the wood, you can also simply draw an arrow on the sign!

Sand the wood with 120 to 180 fine-grit sandpaper. All you need is a single piece of fine-grit sandpaper. Lightly rub down the entire board. It should feel smooth to the touch. If you notice any rough spots, go over them with a 60 to 80 medium-grit sandpaper, followed by the fine-grit sandpaper.

Color the wood using a wood stainer. Put on rubber gloves before handling a commercial wood stainer. Stir the stainer with a brush, then paint it onto the wood. Go over the entire surface in short, even strokes. Stainer gives wood a dark, refined color that goes well with the lighter colors prevalent at weddings.

Let the stainer dry for up to 2 days. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to find out how long you need to wait. Make sure you set the sign aside so it isn’t disturbed.

Apply another coat of stainer if you want a darker sign. Paint on the stainer the same way you did before. You will need to wait another 2 days for the sign to dry. Set it aside in a safe spot, then use your down time to assemble your design.[18]

Print your design on a computer if you want a stenciled look. An easy way to create a pointed sign is with the printed transfer method. In this, you create your design in a word document on the computer. Directional signs usually use just 1 word, so keep your sign simple. Make the word the same size as your sign.[19]

Transfer your stencil onto the sign using a sharp pencil or draw your design directly on the sign. Tape the design paper on top of your sign. All you need is a sharp pencil to finish transferring the design. Trace around all the letters. Press firmly, but don’t let the pencil break through the paper.[20]

Color in the letters using a chalk marker. White chalk markers are contrast well against stained wood, but you can try other colors. Remove the papers from the sign, then use the marker to trace around the letters. Then color them in to finish the design.[21]
Your sign should look pretty vibrant now. You usually don’t need to add any extra decorations here. Keep it simple so everyone realizes the sign is guiding them.

EditTips
Get creative! Although wood is a common choice, you can make your signs out of all sorts of material. You can also repurpose scrap material to create unique signs.

Always think of the end result of your finished sign. Consider the wedding venue, theme, and other decorations and design your sign to match these aspects.

EditWarnings
Be careful when using paint. Work in a well-ventilated area.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditTransfering a Printed Design
Computer

Printer

Paper

Masking tape

Pencil

Chalk ink marker, paint, or other coloring implement

EditPainting a Design with Stencils
Plywood or another surface

Adhesive silkscreen stencils

Spray paints

Stickers, ribbons, or other decorations

Decoupage glue

EditMaking a Chalkboard Sign
Plywood or an alternative surface

Fine-grit sandpaper, 100 to 180 grit

Paint tray

Paint roller

Chalkboard paint

Chalk

Chalk ink pencils or pens

EditCreating a Pointed Sign
Plywood

Circular saw

Fine-grit sandpaper, 100 to 180 grit

Wood stainer

Brush

Computer

Paper

Pencil

Masking tape

Chalk ink marker or paint

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Today in History for 2nd April 2019

Historical Events

1876 – Philadelphia A’s and Boston Red Caps play 1st NL game, in Philadelphia
1921 – Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new “Theory of Relativity”
1939 – 6th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ralph Guldahl wins his only Masters title with a tournament record 279 (−9), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Sam Snead
1978 – Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
1982 – In exhibition game A’s pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15″ toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
2013 – 13 children are killed in a fire in a mosque in Yangon, Burma

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Famous Birthdays

1930 – Girolamo Arriego, Italian composer, born in Palermo, Italy
1932 – Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1991)
1959 – Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996), born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
1959 – Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Stockton, California
1959 – Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
1980 – Adam Fleming, English news reporter (Daily Politics), born in Glasgow, Scotland

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Famous Deaths

1335 – Duke Henry of Carinthia (b. circa 1265)
1705 – Johann Lohner, German composer, dies at 59
1720 – Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
1890 – Marinus Frederik Andries Gerardus Campbell, Dutch bibliographer, dies at 70
1969 – Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
1992 – Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor (b. 1929)

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How to Arrange a Courier Pick Up

Courier services provide fast pickup and delivery services for high-value goods or urgent documents. In order to use a courier, you must schedule a pickup time for a representative from the company to come get your package. To ensure proper delivery, you should prepare ahead of time and make sure you have followed the courier directions for a proper pickup.

EditSteps
EditSelecting a Courier Service
Prepare your package for courier pickup. Select an appropriate-sized box or envelope and place your item inside. Make sure if you’re sending something fragile that your packaging is cushioned and your item is secure. Once you have your item or items in the appropriate package, seal the parcel with packaging tape.[1]
Depending on where you are located, there are some restrictions on what you can and cannot mail. Items such as explosives, gasoline, aerosol, and ammunition are normally prohibited. Check the website of the national postal service in your country to ensure you are not mailing something that is prohibited.

Measure the parcel you’d like to send. Carefully measure the length, width, and height of the box. If you have a kitchen scale, it will also be helpful to weigh the parcel as well. This will help you get a good idea of how much you can expect to pay for courier service. Many courier sites will ask you to input the parcel’s dimensions and estimated weight when you book the pickup.[2]
If in doubt, overestimate. This will help you avoid additional charges later on.

Search for courier services that pick up near you. Some courier services only work within specific areas or countries. Many work internationally. To get the most accurate results, do a search of your city or town name and the words “courier service.” This should yield a number of companies that provide service to your area.[3]
You should also check the delivery address to ensure that the courier service will deliver to that location. Most websites will have an address checker tool.

Compare prices for shipping your parcel at different companies. Narrow your search by looking at the prices listed for courier service based on the dimensions that you measured for your parcel. Compare different companies and see how their prices differ for the size package that you have.[4]
You should also consider the type of parcel being sent and if it has any requirements such as temperature or extra care when delivering, as these can incur added fees.

Check the pickup hours and delivery options offered by the courier. The service will likely require you to be present for pickup, so you will want to make sure you can be home during the hours specified. You might also look at any time guarantees that they might make, especially if you are working within a time frame.[5]
Some courier services offer drop off locations. This might work best for you if you are not able to be at home during the day for pick up.

EditBooking Your Pickup
Create an account with your chosen service. This process will vary by website, but will normally require you to input some information. You will likely be asked to enter your name, address, phone number, email address, and some form of payment information. This will make the process of arranging a pickup much easier.

Select a location for pickup. If you would like the package picked up from your house, simply use your home address. However, if you are working from another location, make sure you carefully enter the address to avoid any confusion. Some couriers will allow you to select a time, but many places give you a window of time that your package will be picked up within.[6]
Depending on the location you are sending the package to and the time frame it will take to get the package there, the price will vary. Make sure to check the price once more before booking a pickup time.

Pay for and print your label. Once you have selected a location, you can confirm your pickup and pay. This will generate a label for your parcel that you can either print out and affix to the packaging, or simply copy the label information onto the package in clear handwriting using a marker.[7]

Wait for collection by a courier. The courier should arrive during the time allotted by the company. Be patient and make sure you are home during this time. If your courier is late or doesn’t show up, call the customer service number provided on the company website or in your confirmation email.[8]

Track your parcel. Once your parcel is picked up, you should receive an email for tracking or be able to use your confirmation number provided. This will let you see where your package is located from pickup to delivery at any point.[9]
If at any point you see that your package is delayed, or if it gets delivered incorrectly, tracking the package can help you ensure that the problem is dealt with quickly.

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