How to Reuse Vinyl Banners

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A few simple techniques will allow you to reuse most vinyl banners.
A few simple techniques will allow you to reuse most vinyl banners. (Image: boy with banner image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Churches, other nonprofits and businesses use vinyl banners as inexpensive mobile signs. Banners created for a one-time event, or a group that changes its name, can become obsolete. When this happens, it is desirable to find a way to reuse them so they do not go to waste. It is usually possible to recycle a vinyl banner. If it has removable letters, you can peel them off. If you cannot remove the letters, you can display your new message on the back of the banner.

Things You'll Need

  • Overhead projector
  • Transparencies of the alphabet
  • Label paper, standard size or larger
  • Poster markers
  • Several rolls of 3-inch clear packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Yardstick or level

How to Reuse a Vinyl Banner

Prepare the surface of your banner by either removing the letters or cleaning the back, blank side.

Reusing a vinyl banner is another way to keep our planet green.
Reusing a vinyl banner is another way to keep our planet green. (Image: Recycle image by sarkee from Fotolia.com)

Sketch the message you want to create on your banner to help you maintain the correct spacing.

It is always a good idea to create a rough draft of your layout.
It is always a good idea to create a rough draft of your layout. (Image: tools for planning image by Chad McDermott from Fotolia.com)

Hang the banner so you can work on it while you are standing.

You will be able to step back and review to see if you have positioned your letters correctly.
You will be able to step back and review to see if you have positioned your letters correctly. (Image: girl with her painting & looking at other painting image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Use an overhead projector to project the image of the letters you will be using onto a sheet of label paper. You can control the size of the letters by moving the projector closer or farther away.

If you do not have an overhead projector you can use an LCD projector.
If you do not have an overhead projector you can use an LCD projector. (Image: glass of water on table with projector behind image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from Fotolia.com)

Trace the letters to the label paper.

Having a template will give the letters a uniform look.
Having a template will give the letters a uniform look. (Image: three letters "abc" isolated on the white image by Elnur from Fotolia.com)

Use poster board markers to color the letters.

Color the letters before you cut them out.
Color the letters before you cut them out. (Image: markers image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Carefully cut out the letters.

Be slow and meticulous so that you do not damage your letters.
Be slow and meticulous so that you do not damage your letters. (Image: découper image by corinne matusiak from Fotolia.com)

Place the letters on the vinyl banner according to the sketch you made. You can use a level or a ruler to help you position your letters correctly. Once you are confident you have them where you want them, peel the backing off and stick them on the banner.

Maintain balance as you space your letters.
Maintain balance as you space your letters. (Image: level image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Take the 3-inch clear packing tape and tape it over the entire banner. This will ensure that the letters stay on the banner and it will provide some protection from moisture.

Putting clear tape over the enitre banner will help to waterproof it.
Putting clear tape over the enitre banner will help to waterproof it. (Image: water splash image by Studio Pookini from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have an overhead projector you can use banner creating software.
  • Label paper comes in standard-size sheets that you can run through a printer.
  • Positioning the letters correctly is the most difficult part of this project. Once you have taken the backing off of the letters and adhered them to the vinyl it is not easy to remove them for repositioning. When you are taping, use shorter strips instead of longer ones. You will find it easier to keep the tape taut and apply the tape without creating creases. This will add to the overall polished look of your banner.

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