April 23, 2012 by Cloth and Ink
The craft market season is in full swing and being pretty new to the scene I’m still working on booth ideas. Last week I decided to work my booth sign. It was important to me that the sign continued my brand and added to the atmosphere of my booth, it also had to be done on a tight budget! I had so much fun looking for ideas, there are so many brilliantly creative people out there. Here’s a few of my favourite ideas I came across…
I finally decided to make my sign look like a picture that would hang on the wall, I thought this would fit great with my home decor products. I was pretty happy with the result and the low budget cost so I thought it would be useful to share with my crafty counterparts out there.
Ok, so ‘how to’…Before you start you’ll need to have the following items at hand;
- paper and heat transfer printer paper
- frame and fabric
- scissors and iron
- computer and printer
- Plexiglass – optional
First of all you’re going to need to buy a picture frame. I managed to snag a bargain on sale which makes this a much more cost effective project. The size and shape of your frame will depend upon your business logo and name. My shop logo is quite elongated so I went with a long frame rather than a square one.
Presuming you already have a shop name and logo you will need to transfer this onto paper to get the spacing right. You could do this in Word, Publisher, Illustrator, whatever works for you. Print out your shop title and lay it out on the frame. It may take a couple of attempts to get the correct size that you need.
This next step is really important…you will need to flip the digital image so when it is transfered it reads the right way!!!
Once you are happy with the size and you have flipped the image, print it onto heat transfer paper following the instructions on the paper. Cut around each of the letters and logo, this will give a much cleaner finish, otherwise you will see the plastic around the letter as the image shows. I’d suggest doing a practice letter to get the hang of the transfer printing and also to check the colors are what you want. The colors can differ slightly with the heat transfer.
At this point you should have your title cut out so now you need to work on the base fabric. Take the back off the picture frame and lay it on top of the fabric you want to use as the background. I used the same organic hemp fabric I use for my pillows so it would match my products. Draw around the the backing and then cut out the shape. This will give you the exact size piece of fabric that will fit into your frame. Make sure you iron the fabric before you begin transfering the image.
Lay out your shop logo on the fabric, spacing the letters carefully. Use your iron to press the logo onto the fabric, following the instructions. Peal off the backing carefully to reveal your image underneath.
Give the reverse side of the fabric a press with the iron and then place it into the frame. If you’re concerned about transporting the glass you can simply switch this out for some plexiglass at your local hardware store. And voila, you have a booth sign! This could be hung from your canopy frame, stood on a table or on shelving.
Let me know if you try it. I’d love to see your booth sign ideas.