Hanging Signs

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Hanging Signs are a new decorative block introduced with Minecraft 1.20. They bring a nice update to the regular Sign, with these having different styles and including hanging Chains. This guide will cover how to create Hanging Signs and methods of placing them.

How to Craft Hanging Signs

Hanging Signs are slightly more expensive to craft than regular Signs. As instead of requiring Sticks and Planks, they need Logs and Chains instead, though this makes sense with how much nicer they are to look at.

Hanging Sign Recipe
Hanging Sign Recipe

Like with regular Signs, they can be made in groups of 6, it’s impossible to make one at a time. To create Hanging Signs, place 6 Stripped Logs and 2 Chains in a Crafting Table. Logs have to be stripped, standard Logs wont work.

If you don’t know how to create Stripped Logs, don’t worry. Simply place down some standard Logs in the game world, and then right click them while holding an Axe, which will strip the bark off them. Then they can be harvested and used in recipes.

There are 10 different variants of the Hanging Sign, depending on the style of wood that’s used. You can craft them from Stripped Logs made from Oak, Spruce, Birch, Jungle, Acacia, Dark Oak, Mangrove, Crimson, Warped, and Bamboo.

Using Hanging Signs

Hanging Signs can be placed in a few different styles. When placed underneath a block, then they’ll attack to it with two chains, and hang freely. Depending on the direction you face, Hanging Signs can face North, East, South, or West. 

However, if they’re hanging under a non-full block like a Fence, then they can face 16 different angles instead, with the Chains taking on a V shape. This effect will also happen if two Hanging Signs are connected to eachother.

Alternatively, Hanging Signs can be placed on the sides of blocks, in which case they’ll support themselves with a wooden beam. Hanging Signs can’t be placed on the ground, so you’ll want to use regular Signs instead if that’s your aim.

Sadly, the text is larger on Hanging Signs, so don’t expect to be able to fit the same amount of text as you normally would. By right-clicking a Hanging Sign with a Dye, you can change the color of the text. Or by using a Glow Ink Sac, the text can be made to glow.