Election signs are a bit like Christmas lights, after the big day they quickly lose what little charm they had to begin with. Campaign signs are even worse because with Christmas lights arguably no body loses, but having a Tony Ianno, Marilyn Churley or Peter Kent sign on your lawn can serve as a constant reminder of electoral defeat and that you might’ve had too many drinks watching the results come in on CBC.
So what do we do with that large piece of plastic adorning your lawn? You could call the party that gave you the sign and they may come by and pick it up for re-use in a future campaign. But chances are the hard-working volunteers and campaign staff are nursing election day hangovers. So take matters into your own hands.
1) Make a toboggan
Large, sturdy pieces of plastic make great cheapo sleds. If you have small friends/kids cut up a large sign and everyone can get in on the fun.
2) Windshield scraper
Everyone always forget theirs and ends up using their credit cards. One medium sized sign should yield half-a-dozen or so of these utilitarian little tools!
3) Arts and crafts
Have a political masquerade party. Carefully cut out the faces of various political leaders (Martin, Layton, et al), poke out appropriate holes for eyes, noses, etc. and have yourself a ball. If you’re particularly crafty the plastic also makes sturdy shadow puppets, material for miniature planes, etc.
photo from here