Directional Sign

This weekend we will be celebrating my twin grandchildren’s first birthday with a big bash.  The party theme, “Twins in Onederland” is inspired by the classic children’s book Alice in Wonderland.

It’s a great party theme that offers many ideas to incorporate in the party decor.  “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” tags were a definite must, (click here to get your free printable tags),  teacups and teapots, playing cards, and of course the maddeningly confusing directional sign are also needed to complete the decor.

I saw many cute signs on Pinterest, many of them in wood.  We wanted the sign but didn’t want to go thru the trouble of cutting and painting wooden arrows, there had to be an easier way!

I hauled out my handy dandy Cricut Explore Air    my wireless cutting machine, and got to work.
(The Cricut was put to serious work for this party!)

Making the arrows was easy, specially with a die cutting machine.  The arrows are done using 2 layers of cardstock, the bottom background color and the top layer that has the letters cut out.
The Cheshire Cat grin topper as well as the framed quote were also done on the Cricut.  I used the quote from the story “If you don’t know where you’re going then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”, very apropos I thought for my purpose.

Once I had all the pieced cut out I was faced with the problem of what to mount them on to make my sign post, as I said most of the photos I saw were made of wood.  I briefly toyed with the idea of using a 2 x 4 strip of wood and placing it in a large clay pot as the base since we aren’t allowed to stake anything to the grounds of the venue.  I discarded this idea as being too heavy as we have to cart everything to the venue.  I thought I could use a thick wooden dowel,  but couldn’t find dowels long enough.   In the end I used duct tape to mount the cut outs on to a broom!  That didn’t cost me anything and I won’t be stuck with a wooden strip or dowel after the party.  I was going to stick the broom in a pot but decided since the sign would be indoors the broom is stable enough to prop up by the guest table, besides I think the broom adds to the sign; after all the sign is supposed to be crazy and confusing.

We were so pleased with my creation that I thought I’d share the idea.  The sign is great for Alice themed parties for sure, but you can also use it as part of your Halloween or possibly even decor for an Easter Egg hunt next spring.

I realize that not everyone owns or has access to a Cricut but the arrows and toppers can be cut out by hand.  Here are some arrow signs as well as the cat grin, and framed quote you can download and print.  You can download the pdf file for this.  You can print them on white cardstock and cut them, or you can use them as stencils and cut them out from different colored cardstock and glue 2 layers together.

I’m also including a link for the same items on jpg for those who want to use a cutting machine for this project.  You can also pop the jpg files on to a photo editor and I think make some changes to them.

Which ever file you need just click on the appropriate link.  Happy crafting!

Directional Sign


 For pdf files click here!

For jpg files click here!