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Creative Things to Do with All Those Leftover Election Signs

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Elections are over, and the clean-up effort to remove campaign signs left behind has only just begun. Here’s a few ideas…

The election is over, and like or not, so-and-so is in office, and such-and-such is now the law. That being said, what about all the leftover signs from various political campaigns? Where is the accountability? If you contributed money to a political campaign, your hard-earned dollar may have been transformed into a carelessly discarded eyesore. Is anyone from those campaigns actually coming around to clean those up? Probably not, so here’s a few ideas for what to do with them.

Make shooting targets out of them.

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While it’s probably therapeutic to shoot holes in your opponent’s signs, there’s already enough visible division in our populace, so try to think of things in more practical terms. First, ask permission to remove and re-use signs you might see on private property. Any political sign with the letter “O” on it comes with a built-in bullseye. If the back side of the sign is white, you can always just draw your own. Once you’ve shot it up pretty good, you can still re-use it by drawing a new target on a piece of paper and just putting it over the original sign. Those little stands they come with make them perfect targets to prop up anywhere.

Use them as fish-cleaning surfaces.

Cardboard is disposable, but corrugated plastic is washable. Reduce, re-use, recycle...

Cardboard is disposable, but corrugated plastic is washable. Reduce, re-use, recycle…

I like saving old pizza boxes for this, but a political sign will do just as well. The corrugated plastic ones are probably durable enough to be washed off and re-used multiple times.

Use them as a surface to season your meat.

These salmon filets are drying out excess brine before going into the smoker
These salmon filets are drying out excess brine before going into the smoker

While you can really use any cooking pan for the same purpose, chances are it might be more excusable to cover one of those signs in blood and cajun seasoning, then wash it with a water hose rather than doing the same thing with grandma’s cookie sheet. They can be used as a surface for doing salmon brines, even curing eggs for bait. They’re a great folding cutting board that’s portable for campouts, too.

Bring your own dry spot for changing in the field.

Never underestimate the value of a dry piece of ground at the end of a cold, wet day.
Never underestimate the value of a dry piece of ground at the end of a cold, wet day.

Eric Martin, a writer for Salmon & Steelhead Journal, once gave me a 2′ x 3′ section of carpet that was supposed to be a door mat and told me to keep it in my car for changing in and out of my waders. Just having some warm and dry ground to step on in my socks while slipping on my Simms Gear can make a huge difference in my overall comfort for the day. It’s also nice to change back into regular clothes the same way at the end of the day, especially if I’ve been getting soaked in downpours standing in the river. While a political sign might not be as cushy as a section of carpet, it serves the same purpose, and simply having a barrier between your neoprene and the gravel can extend the life of your waders.

Build an ultra-light tiny house camper for your bicycle.

Want to travel the country by bicycle? Maybe just be the envy of deer camp? Build your own tiny home out of corrugated plastic and zip-ties. The video above shows just how easy, lightweight, and affordable this project really is. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you have the solitude and comfort of your own private portable cabin. The possibilities are endless!

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Creative Things to Do with All Those Leftover Election Signs