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How to Make the Best Sign for a Peaceful Protest

woman in mask at peacful protest

If you’re going to go to a protest you want to be sure to convey your message, and the best way to do it is with a well-constructed sign. You want it big, bold, and sturdy. You never know if you’ll face rain or wind.

Here are a few ideas for your protest sign.

Making a Sturdy Protest Sign

We don’t recommend making a big wooden shield sign, because after a few hours of marching these can get heavy and burdensome.

Instead, look into posterboard and a sturdy stick. You can also get big arrows that are pre-mounted onto sticks that you can attach your posterboard to. These are usually the easiest methods, the ones that require the least amount of time and work.

You can use cardboard, but if you do we recommend gluing posterboard to it. It’s easier to make posterboard look nice and legible.

You want your sign to be read, so use the biggest letters your sign size will allow for, and make your sign as neat and as clean as possible.

Making a Sign that Stands Out

people wearing masks at peacefull protestYou want your sign to be read, and you can use a variety of supplies to make it happen. Calligraphy pens, colored crayons, sharpies, and markers can all be helpful if you plan on hand-lettering your sign.

If you don’t have such a neat, clean hand then we recommend using stencils and sticker letters to get the desired effect.

Some people have even used fabric paint for that extra dose of visual appeal.

What else should I bring to a protest?

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about what you should bring to any peaceful protest if you want to stay safe.

First things first: water, hand sanitizers, and face masks. This will protect you from dehydration, the potential for heat stroke, and from the Covid-19 pandemic. Bring as much water as you can carry!

Clip on water bottles and hand sanitizers can help keep your hands free.

You should also wear clothes that cover your arms and legs (costumes suggested!), and sturdy shoes.

Need supplies for an upcoming protest? We carry everything from sign supplies to face masks. Stop by and see us today at 1629 San Pablo Ave in Berkeley or call us at 510-525-1799.

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