Inexpensive DIY Yard Signs

I’ve seen yard signs like these pop up in neighborhoods and schools to celebrate different occasions. They can be pricey, but you can create your own DIY yard signs for under $20 that will look fantastic and make someone’s day. 

DIY Yard Signs


You can make these inexpensive, DIY yard signs for:

  • birthdays
  • baby showers
  • anniversaries 
  • gender reveal
  • graduations
  • holidays

Materials to Construct the Letters:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Utility Knife
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • White Foam Boards (Dollar Tree)
  • T Square Tool (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Dollar Tree)
  • Pack of Bamboo Skewers (Dollar Tree)
  • Duct Tape (Any color you have on hand will work; could also use Packaging Tape)

Materials to Decorate the Letters:

  • Paint (spray paint or craft paint)
  • Bingo Markers (Dollar Tree)
  • Markers 
  • Glitter


Use the measuring tape to determine the length and height of your foam board. The board I used was 30”x20”.

Determine how wide you want the lines of your letters to be. I made the lines of my letters approximately  3 1/2 – 4” wide.

Use a T square tool, ruler, or a measuring tape to form straight lines on the foam board OR draw bubble letters and don’t worry about the letters being straight or exact! 

Put your foam board on top of a surface that is safe to cut on. We put an old cardboard box under ours.

Use a utility knife to cut out your letters. 

Once your letters are cut out, it’s time to decorate them. This is my favorite part! The foam board is sturdy enough that you can apply a light coat of spray paint on them for a quick solid color. Tip: Tape your letter to the cardboard so it doesn’t blow away while you are spray painting. 

You can also use bingo markers (from Dollar Tree) to make polka dots or glitter to make your letters shimmery. 

Once your letters are dry, you will need bamboo sticks (Dollar Tree), a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and heavy duty tape.


Using a hot glue gun, attach 2 bamboo skewers on the back, bottom of each line of the letter. 

Reinforce the bamboo skewers with heavy duty tape over the top of them. 

Inexpensive DIY Yard Signs

Then head out and decorate a yard to make someone’s day with your DIY yard signs! 

Find more ideas to make your party special with my Kids Party Ideas Pinterest Board!



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  • Reply Jen

    How many pieces of foam board did you use to spell Happy Birthday?

    June 16, 2020 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Nicole

      It took 7 pieces.

      June 16, 2020 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Melissa Girardi

    Hi are those the large Marshmallow skewers? It’s hard to tell.Those were at Dollar Tree as well? We have those here in CT.

    June 21, 2020 at 4:02 am
    • Reply Nicole

      Yes! We use the skewers for veggies on the grill, but I think we are both talking about the same thing. =)

      June 22, 2020 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Bre

    How long did the sign last. How well did it hold up against the wind? Did you put it out the night before?

    September 7, 2020 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Luli

    I’m asking the same question of the last comment. How did the letters fair after the wind or rain?

    April 30, 2021 at 2:43 am
    • Reply Nicole

      I haven’t set them up in the wind or rain. I imagine a light wind would be ok. Rain depends on what type of paint and decor you use on each letter.

      April 30, 2021 at 11:40 pm

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