Determine the location of your sign stand. Check the approach to the location for good visibility–look out for low-hanging branches or other obstacles that might obscure your sign.
Dig a narrow hole one foot deep, and place the post in the hole. Fill the hole in with loose dirt.
Straighten the post with a level, and pack the dirt at the base when the post is straight. Tamp the ground around the post with a soil tamper.
Attach a 1 x 2 inch wooden board to the top of the post so that the center of the board is aligned with the post. Hold the board in place with a single galvanized screw.
Level the board and secure it with a second galvanized screw. Measure the height of your sign, and attach the second board below the first at a distance that corresponds to your sign’s height. Check the second board for levelness before attaching.
Attach cardboard or plastic signs to your stand with a staple gun. To attach heavier signage, insert screw eyes into the back of the sign, and tie the screw eyes to the sign boards with wire.