Make Your Own Magnetic Signs


Making a sign for a business venture is often expensive and burdensome. This process shows the businessperson how to craft his own sign and save money in the process. This sign is made from vinyl, which should last well in the weather, and a magnetic sheet that allows it to stick to vehicles that are made of metal. The glue used is grated glue from a glue gun and is melted with an iron to activate it.

Use a fine cheese grater on a glue-gun's glue sticks. Use the shavings to thinly and evenly coat the wax side of heavy butcher paper. The layer of glue shavings should cover the paper in a thin layer.

Put a layer of vinyl down over the grated glue. Press a hot iron over the vinyl to melt the glue underneath so that it becomes sticky. The side of the vinyl facing up is the presentation side. Do not to damage the vinyl by overheating. Spread the glue evenly underneath the vinyl by pressing around the iron while the glue is melted. Allow the glue to cool and harden.

Design the graphics and letters to be cut from the vinyl on your computer. Cut the vinyl and the paper under it into the desired shapes and letters using a razor blade. Weed out the unnecessary waste from the design along with the glue that was associated with it. Peel away the butcher paper from the vinyl, leaving the glue.

Spread out the magnetic sheet (available at a craft supply shop in sheets or from a sign supply shop by the foot). Cut the sheet to the desired size and shape. If the sheet is purchased with a layer of vinyl already on it, there is no need to hot glue a sheet of vinyl on it at this stage though this may still be done by ironing a sheet of vinyl over more glue-gun glue stick shavings.

Arrange the shapes and letters as desired on the magnetic sheet, glue side down. Use the iron to warm the shapes and letters enough so that the glue melts without burning the vinyl. A sheet of butcher paper should be between the iron and the other surfaces at all times to prevent glue from getting on the iron but should not be allowed to get too hot in one place to avoid starting a fire.

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