How to Make Custom Signs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Want to make your own signs to display around your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Here’s everything you need to know.

Perhaps you want a sign to welcome your visitors to your island, a sign to advertise your own trading post, or maybe even some signposts to direct visitors around your island. All of those things are possible right from the outset – you simply need to use the Custom Designs app on your Nook Phone.

First, you need to click ZL to bring up your Nook Phone menu. Choose ‘Custom Designs’. To create your own sign, choose a blank tile, click it, and select “change design”.


Now you have a suite of design tools in front of you in order to make your path however you want. You can’t simply type text, so you’ll need to write out your sign’s message yourself. I’d suggest using the ‘pencil’ tool on its finest setting. It may take some practice to get your letters looking neat – there are plenty of pixel letters guides to be found on the ‘net. But if you want to give it a go yourself first, give each letter at least five pixels of height. The bigger the letters, the easier they are to construct.

Once you’re done designing, click the ‘+’ button, give your design a name, then click ‘+’ again to confirm and save.

There are two ways to place signs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You can put a sign on the floor, like a doormat, or you can stand one up on an easel. You’ll want to be stood in the approximate location you want your sign to appear. Select your design in the Custom Designs app, then press ‘A’. From there, either select ‘Display Here’ or ‘Display on Ground’. If you choose ‘Display on Ground’, your sign will appear on a floor tile near your feet. If you choose ‘Display Here’, you’ll have the choice of ‘Mannequin’ or ‘Painting’. Choose Painting. Your sign will then appear on an easel next to where your Villager is stood.

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