Personalized Direction Sign Post

direction sign post

This direction sign post project was from the creative mind of my husband, Jon.  He came up with the idea, and made this project from start to finish with my girls' help. 

This whimsical yard decoration looks great in the yard and you can personalize it with your favorite places.  We chose some locations that we have family from, and some of our favorite vacation spots. We also have added to it over the years, and the photo above is the most recent with new places added.

This project is also a conversation starter - we found that some guests will argue about the correct direction headings!  But with the help of Google maps you can point all the wood planks in the correct direction and determine the correct mileage.

Materials Needed:

  • wood planks, cut to 3.5 inches wide by 18 inches long
  • 1.25 inch square post- the height you make it is up to you!
  • saw
  • wood screws
  • electric screwdriver
  • spray paint
  • white acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Google maps and a compass

Direction Sign Post Instructions

1. Before beginning, chose how many locations you want to display.  It is best to chose locations that lie in several different directions of your house. 

Cut one wood plank per location.  My husband cut each wood plank to a 18 inch length.  Each plank was 3.5 inches wide.  He then cut off diagonal edges to create an arrow.

direction sign post

2. My kids helped with the spray painting! He just gathered up all the various colors he had left and the kids sprayed away.  Allow them to dry, then flip them over and paint the other side too.

direction sign post
direction sign post
direction sign post

3. While those are drying, get out a pad and paper and determine the mileage to each location.  Go to

direction sign post

5.  When they are dry, it is time to start assembling the planks, pointing in the correct direction, on the square post.  First, drive your post into the ground.  We choose to put our post on the top of our deck stairs leading down to the first level.  Then, using Google maps, locate your house and draw a straight line to each location, noting the direction heading.  Then, take a compass out to your post and point the sign in the correct direction.  Drive it into the post using an electric screwdriver and wood screws. 

direction sign post

6.  That's all there is to it, now you have a personalized direction sign post and a great conversation starter!

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