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How to Repurpose a Lawn Sign

We recently had a plumber do some work at our house and when he was done he asked if he could put a lawn sign in my front yard. He told me for every lawn sign they put out, they donate $5 to a local charity. I thought that was pretty cool. I left it up for a few days and when I went to remove it I realized this lawn sign was made of some seriously durable, vinyl corrugate. Therefore the lawn sign had to be repurposed.

Upcycled Lawn Sign into a Storage Tray

To do this upcycling project, use both the lawn sign and the metal legs that stick into the ground.

How to repurpose a lawn sign


  • Step 1: Use recycled wrapping paper to create a template for the base of your container. It will measure an equal distance from each side.
  • Step 2: Cut out the corners of the sign. If you cut at right angles, the sides of the container/tray will go straight up like a box. I used acute angles so the sides angle out. This way the tray rests inside the metal frame.
  • Step 3: Paint over the lawn sign graphics.
  • Step 4: Use decorative washi tape to bring the sides together. Run washi tape the length of the tray edges to hide the corrugate.
  • Step 5: Make the tray stand by bending the frame legs on both sides. Fold them under the center square of the frame.

Upcycled lawnsign before and after

Repurposed lawn sign container

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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6 Responses to How to Repurpose a Lawn Sign

  1. Lucy Schmidt February 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    What a deal! I’m surprised he didn’t want it back. An organization I belong to had similar signs made for a charity event. As I recall, they were kind of spendy, but they were something we could use year after year with a little doctoring of the date. You’d certainly never guess your tray started out as a lawn sign. What a great idea for the business to donate money if you put up a sign. It’s certainly a nice way to make it a win-win on several levels.

    • Eve February 6, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      I know! I think it’s a brilliant marketing plan for the business. I’m so glad to hear you reuse yours because these signs are so durable they can live up to extensive use!

  2. Jenna Pizzigati February 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    What a fabulous idea- So creative!

    • Eve February 6, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks, Jenna!

  3. Poor Student February 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Wow who knew you could do something so neat with a lawn sign. Sounds like such a boring item.
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  4. Rose :: April 30, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Wow. Love the tray. However I am also kind of surprised that the plumber did not want to re-use it. That sign would cost more than $5 I’d say, so if he’s reuse it, he could double his charity contributions! Anyhow, regardless, an uplifting story and thank you for sharing it with us on our linky party at the Fine Craft Guild! Hope to see you again with a new idea later today!
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