For my daughter’s 6th birthday, we had a Safari Theme party (you can see the entire post on that here). As with previous parties, I tried to make as many of the decorations as I could to help keep costs down (and because it’s fun to create and craft)! One of the decorations I made were DIY animal crossing signs that I lined the driveway with. We have a long driveway, and I had a total of four signs along the length of the driveway so guests would see them as they drove up.
The signs were super easy to make and only took about an hour. Read on for the detailed instructions. 🙂
First, the materials you will need:
- Yellow poster board (one board will make two signs) – these are cheapest at the Dollar Store
- Black marker (large width with a bevel tip)
- Hot knife or Exacto Knife
- Color printer
- Glue (I used glue sticks)
- Hot glue gun
- Spare wood boards or long dowels (I had spare trim boards in the garage that I cut to length) – or you can attach your signs to trees and skip this step
To start, in Microsoft Word or in any image editing software, create a text box to fill most of the page, and then fill the text box with bright yellow coloring (should be very close in color to the yellow poster board). After the text box has been filled in, add an image of an animal silhouette for the animal you want to create a crossing sign for (you can find silhouettes for pretty much any animal on the internet) and add the image to the center of the yellow text box. Then, underneath the image, add in text in the font of your choice that says “X-ING”. Print an image out in color for each animal you want to create a crossing sign for. Here’s what mine looked like:
Once the animal silhouettes are printed, cut the poster board shapes. Using a pencil or pen, mark a 12″ x 12″ square on the poster board.
Using a hot knife or an Exacto blade, cut out the square piece of poster board.
You should now have a square (or diamond shape if you rotate it 45 degrees) piece of poster board.
Using scissors, cut around the printed animal silhouette and text on your printouts. After cutting out the animal and X-ING wording, you should have something that looks like this:
Using a glue stick, cover the back of the printed animal silhouette and wording that you just cut out:
Then, turn the picture over and stick it to the yellow poster board diamond that you previously cut out (make sure you glue the animal and wording so the top of the animal is towards one of the corners on the square):
Next, using a ruler and a thick black marker with a beveled tip, draw in the black lines (make sure to start and end each line about a half-inch in from the edge of the board):
I created four different crossing signs, here are all four prior to attaching them to the wood pieces that would stake them into the ground:
I then used hot glue to adhere each sign onto a spare piece of wood trim that I used as the sign post. Here are the signs as they were on the day of the safari party:
These signs were very easy to make and really added a fun element to the party!