A display sign that stands up can be made to attract customers to a business, guests to an event or voters to a registration. The sign should be made according to the amount of space designated for the sign. A simple display sign can be constructed using building materials purchased from a local home improvement or lumber store. Build the sign in the garage where you can work on it a little at a time and out of the way of day-to-day foot traffic.

Things You Will Need
  • 2 4-by-4 pieces of 3/4-inch plywood

  • 4 48-inch boards, 2-inch-by-4-inch

  • 4 40-inch boards, 2-inch-by-4-inch

  • Deck screws

  • Electric screw gun

  • 4 door hinges

Step 1.

Lay down two of the 48-inch boards, 40 inches apart. Then lay down the two 40-inch boards in between these to form a square frame. The 4-inch side of the boards should be flat on the ground.

Step 2.

Lay one of the plywood pieces over the square frame so the outer edges of the board line up with the outer edges of the plywood.

Step 3.

Screw decking screws down through the plywood and into the underlying boards to fasten them together using the electric screw gun. Screw in two screws an inch apart and side-by-side every 12 inches around the perimeter of the square. Repeat this assembly process to build the second frame.

Step 4.

Lift both frames up off the ground, and place them parallel to each other with the 2-inch-by-4-inch boards facing inward. The frame ends should be flush with each other so the two frames look like one solid piece.

Step 5.

Place a door hinge at each of the ends of the boards, flush with the sides. Open the hinges so the holes of each side are directly above the parallel 2-inch-by-4-inch boards.

Step 6.

Screw the hinges to the underlying frames to connect the two frames together. Place two more hinges at the 1-foot and 3-feet lengths along the seam between the two upright-standing frames. Screw these in place. You should now have two frames that are hinged together.

Step 7.

Paint or apply the sign to each of the two sides of the display sign frame.

Step 8.

Tilt the frame so it sits like a book end with its covers open.


Avoid placing your fingers in between the boards when closing the sign to avoid pinching them.