Friday, June 20, 2014

Metal Framed - Arrow Sign!

My USA sign was feeling lonely…

So I made it a Metal Framed Arrow Sign!

This will be so fun to set out next to my USA Sign around the 4th!

This is how I made mine…

I used some 3/4 in thick plywood.

1. & 2.    I free-hand drew my  arrow and then cut it out with a jigsaw.  It is approximately 20 3/4 in. tall and 6 in. wide in the channel where the word Parade is.  12 in. wide from the bend to the tip of the arrow.   

3.  I next painted the cut out arrow with red paint of my choosing.

4.  I used some tin snips and sheet metal.  I cut various strips of metal about 1 1/4 in. wide and various lengths. I bent over just an 1/8 th of an inch and crimped it with needle nose pliers.  This crimped edge will be the top edge once the metal is attached to the side of the plywood so when the sign is handled, there is no slicing of the fingers.  

5. - 8.   I next took longer strips of metal and bent them around the outside of the arrow.  The metal strips overlap in some places just a bit.  Its not perfect, it gives it a more vintage feel that way. In fact in some places there are small strips to fill in little cracks.

I used some smaller roofing nails and a hammer to attach the metal once it was bent around the outside of the arrow.  

Here is a finished edge.  Notice the top edge is crimped...

I cut some Vinyl Letters spelling out PARADE and applied them.  You could also buy some smaller wooden letters and spell it out too instead of vinyl…   

Project complete!

Now our USA sign has a friend!  

Note.  I am going to display my arrow sign so it can lean on a wall and not fall.  If you want to hand this sign, drill a hole in the back or place a hanging bracket to display it however you choose!  

If you would like to see how to make the larger USA sign, you can see that HERE or by clicking on the photo below…

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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