Many Bowe Supporters are going out into their communities to tell others Bowe’s story. Some are setting up tables with information at events or in front of places of business while others are are walking in parades and fun runs with signs. A lot of use like to make our own signs. Homemade signs are great because the are economical and you can get together with others to make them. If you have children who would want to help, this is a great project to teach them that they can personally do something to make a difference in the world.
We put together some PDF files that you can download to make your own signs. The parts of the sign are based on standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper. The supplies to make the signs can be easily be purchased from any store that carries office supplies.
We took several pictures to show the process of making the sign. You can print out the sign’s lettering on your printer using the normal setting and the lettering should be dark enough to make a nice sign. You could also print the lettering out on the “fast draft” setting and then add color with paint or markers. We chose to use paint pens on ours. It doesn’t take any special skills to make the sign. As a matter of fact, the people who made our sign will tell you that they have no craft making ability and struggles to draw a straight line even when using a ruler. If you’re using paint and accidentally spatter a little, you can always use a little White-Out to correct mistakes. Keep in mind though, we are all part of a grassroots effort and we don’t have to create perfect signs; we just have to be passionate enough and committed enough to do the work that it will take to bring Bowe home.
You’ll trim the poster board 2 inches in on the long side. Save the strip from the trim. You’ll attach the poster board (using glue etc,) to the foam board. If the poster board has a shiny side, use that for the side that is glued to the poster board. Take the strip from the trim and glue it to fill in the 2 inch gap that’s left at the bottom of the poster board after it’s been attached to the foam board. The foam board was priced at $1.97 and the poster board was 30 cents.
These are the paint pens we used. We paid $1.97 each. These pens are permanent and won’t run if the ink gets damp.
We used the wrinkle-proof glue. There are probably others that would work just as well. The glue pen cost $1.96
Sharpie pens are permanent and won’t run if the ink gets damp. The small Sharpie pens are about $1.64 each. The set of large Sharpie markers run about $5.44
We bought a small package of decorative paper for $1.77. We used 6 pieces to fill in the bottom of the board.
Because there is a chance our sign might get caught in the rain, we decided to protect it by putting it in a poster frame that we bought for $11.00. The frame will also make it easier to display the sign.
You will need to trim the center edges of the parts of the sign so the pages will fit on the poster board. We used an Exacto knife to get a sharp edge.
After you trim the pages, you will fit them together at the center edges.
Here are all of the of the parts of the sign that need to be trimmed along the center edge. This is after the trimming has been done.
The website info link is trimmed to fit under the main message on the sign. We actually ended up trimming it tighter than what is shown here. If you take a look at the finished sign, you’ll see that the final trim was made closer to the beginning and end of the type.
We found that if the corners were cut in first, it was easier to fill in the letters and keep the paint inside the lines. If you are using a paint pen, don’t press too hard with the pen or the tip will fray. Be sure you keep any frayed fiber off of the tip of your paint pen. You will have the best success if you use the pen more like a brush to lightly drag the paint across the surface of the paper.
The finished sign will fit in the front window of many different types of vehicles. If you have a sunshade that fits in your vehicle’s front window, you can place the sign between the window and the sunshade to keep the sign in place. This is a great thing to do if you are parked in a public lot. People will notice your message about Bowe as they walk past your vehicle,
COST to MAKE the SIGN
POSTER BOARD: .30
FOAM BOARD 1.97
PAINT PENS (2) 3.94
PAPER, INK 1.00
TOTAL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> $9.17
DOWNLOAD THE PARTS OF THE SIGN BELOW
Upper left part of the sign. Trim this part along the right edge. Follow HERE to download the upper left.
Upper right part of the sign. Trim this part along the left edge. Follow HERE download the upper right.
Lower left part of the sign. Trim this part along the right edge. Follow HERE to download the lower left.
Lower right part of the sign. Trim this part along the left edge. Follow HERE to download the lower right.
The website address information is placed below the main message on the sign. Follow HERE to download the website info part of the sign.
The POW*MIA logo is sized to 8″x8.5″ however, when we printed it out, we chose the printer option to fit the image to the paper size. This gave us an image that filled the paper which saved the work of trimming. Also, the untrimmed image allows for space to apply the glue needed to hold it to the poster board. FollowHERE to download this image.
The photo of Bowe is sized to 8″ wide. however, when we printed it out, we chose the printer option to fit the image to the paper size. This gave us an image that filled the paper which saved the work of trimming. Also, the untrimmed image allows for space to apply the glue needed to hold it to the poster board. Follow HERE to download this image.