Matt Johnson

DIY Campsite Signs to Give Your Place Some Personalization

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Sep 18, 2022Updated: Dec 11, 2023

When you go camping, one of the best ways to make your campsite feel like home is to personalize it with DIY campsite signs. There are all sorts of signs that you can buy, whether from Etsy or some other retailer; however, making your DIY campsite signs is a great way to show your personality and give your campsite some pizzazz.

Here are a few ideas to get you started—

Chalkboard or whiteboard designs.

Chalkboard DIY Camping Sign
Chalk signs are great because you can change them every single day. Always something new with these. Photo courtesy of The Taylor House.

A chalkboard or whiteboard is a great way to write a message when you want to greet guests. You can buy one at a store or make your own DIY chalkboard or whiteboard.

Pack away some colorful chalk and an extra bag of creativity, and you can have a different message each day of your camping trip! This is excellent if you or someone at your party has neat and flashy handwriting.

Some of our favorite chalkboard and whiteboard ideas include:

“Our Happy Place” 

“The More The Merrier” 

“Campers Welcome” 

“Today’s Special: S’mores! Roasting at 8 pm.”

“Welcome to our home away from home.”

Wooden signs.

Wooden Sign with Laser Engraving
Wooden signs are the easiest to make. If you have access to a laser engraver you can do some really awesome stuff. Photo courtesy of Amazon. You can even get these signs customized on Amazon.

If you have some woodworking skills or know someone who does, making your wooden sign is a great way to add some personalization to your campsite. You can either carve or paint your message onto the sign and seal it to protect it from the elements.

One way to make the wooden sign is by taking several slats of wood and gluing them all together. Once dry, you can carve or paint your message on the sign.

Another way to make a wooden sign is by using a single piece of wood. First, you will need to sand the wood to create a smooth surface. Once the wood is sanded, you can paint or carve your message.

Tin signage.

Tin Signage for DIY
Tin signs are a little trickier to make, but they look awesome and last a long time. Photo courtesy of AliExpress.

You probably have seen tin signs at stores, but you can also make your own. This sign is excellent for a campsite because it is durable and weather resistant.

To make your tin sign, you will need a piece of tin, some paint, and a stencil. You can either freehand your design or use a stencil to help you create a more precise design. Once your design is complete, seal the tin sign to protect it from the elements. We’ve used Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear, which can easily be found at any hardware store.

Printed signs for an elegant touch.

You can always buy or print out some pre-made campsite signs if you’re not the DIY type. Etsy has a great selection of camping-themed signs, or you can design your own and have them printed at a local print shop.

If you go the custom-printed route I recommend printing on a durable canvas or fabric so that your sign will withstand the elements. Perhaps have it made with eyelets so you can easily hang it from the front of your RV or on a nearby tree.

Of course, this isn’t really “DIY” but they’re still fun to have around.

Painted stones.

Painted Stone Signs for Campsites
Painted stones or rocks are a great way to add some personalization to your site. Photo courtesy of ParentMap.

Another simple but effective campsite sign is to paint stones with your message and place them around your campsite. This is a great way to add a little color and personality to your space without spending too much time or money. Plus, it’s fun and unique!

Find some uniquely shaped rocks, preferably medium-sized (too small, then they’re hard to see and too big, then they become a pain to lug around), and give them each a different paint job. You can either freehand your designs or use stencils to help you create more detailed designs.

Once the paint is dry, you can seal the stones with a clear sealer to protect them from the elements. Like the tin signs above, you can use Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear to do the trick.

What’s the sign that you would put up at your campsite?

Hopefully, you found some inspiration from our fun and creative DIY campsite signs. Whether you make your sign or buy one, adding a sign to your campsite is a great way to show your personality and make your space feel more like home.

After all, your campsite should reflect you and your unique style. So get creative and have fun with your own DIY campsite signs!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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