How to Reuse Vinyl Banners

by Cori Wood; Updated September 26, 2017
A few simple techniques will allow you to reuse most vinyl banners.

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.

Items you will 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

Step 1
Reusing a vinyl banner is another way to keep our planet green.

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

Step 2
It is always a good idea to create a rough draft of your layout.

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

Step 3
You will be able to step back and review to see if you have positioned your letters correctly.

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

Step 4
If you do not have an overhead projector you can use an LCD projector.

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.

Step 5
Having a template will give the letters a uniform look.

Trace the letters to the label paper.

Step 6
Color the letters before you cut them out.

Use poster board markers to color the letters.

Step 7
Be slow and meticulous so that you do not damage your letters.

Carefully cut out the letters.

Step 8
Maintain balance as you space your letters.

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.

Step 9
Putting clear tape over the enitre banner will help to waterproof it.

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.

Tips

  • 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.

Warnings

  • 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.

About the Author

Cori Wood has been writing since 1981. She has been published in an employee newsletter called "The Samaritan Sounder." Wood has a Master of Education from Georgetown College. She also is a certified teacher and holds a certificate in Moral Re-cognation Therapy.

Photo Credits

  • boy with banner image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com