Tutorial Tuesday ~ Make an EASY and CUTE Paper Plate Sign

A Cheap and EASY Craft Show Sign

So, with pretty much anything in my life, I did my craft show booth on a budget.  This great opportunity just kind of presented itself suddenly and I needed a way to make it work without spending a lot of money.  I knew how I wanted it to look … I wanted it to look fresh and pretty.  But again, there wasn’t a lot of money to be spent in doing this.  So I got crafty with it and here is what I came up with for a sign.

What you’ll need for this tutorial:

Glue {glue gun or E6000}
Paper plates
Wooden letters
Spray paint
1×2 wood {scrap wood}
I started by spray painting both the paper plates and the letters
{I don’t have the spray painted letters in action, but I’m sure you can picture it}
After the plates and letters were dry, I got my handy glue gun and started gluing
 Before applying the glue I made sure I knew where I wanted the letters to go so they would be centered
The great thing about the glue gun is that the glue dries so quickly.
The crumby thing about the glue gun is that the glue dries so quickly.
So, make sure you have your letters where you want them and you’ll be happy.
Moving along…
To start on the assembly, I used a long thin light piece of scrap wood we had in the garage.
I layed out the plates along the strip of wood to measure how long I wanted it and cut it.  
I used a Skil Saw for this {hense no action shot, LOL}
I then found another scrap piece of wood to use to mount the plates on.  I needed a bit of a rise on them as the plates do not lay flat.
I cut rough squares for these.
I then glued them on the backs of the plates.
And, again I layed them out along the long piece of wood to figure out where to place them when gluing.  You could mark it with a pencil {which would be a smart and easy way to do it}, but you know me, I just eyeballed it and hoped for the best….
And that’s pretty much it as far as the assembly of the sign!!!
Easy hey!!!
And all I did to hang it up was use the big office clips to clip it to the tent!
The total cost of this sign was pretty much the letters which were $1.99 at Joann, so $16.00-ish.
Not bad for such a cute sign that I’ll use again and again!!!

xo Tara

I linked to Blue Cricket Designs, I’m Topsy Turvy, 504 MainTCB, and Tatertots and Jello.


  1. This turned out so cute and could be used for just about anything that could require a sign. Thanks for sharing the tutorial Tara!

  2. Tara, this is amazing! SO smart and so cheap. I love it!

  3. How cute and thrifty. This is so grea!!!! I will have to try this. I am having a tailgate/b-day party soon, so yay!!! I have a reason to try this.
    following you now.

    • Dee, oh this would be so perfect for a tailgate party sign! What a great idea! Please link back if you blog about it! I’d love to see how it turns out
      xo Tara

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