Generally, I avoid jinxing things. But I had way too much fun creating a “booth” for the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival application and must share. Since a booth photo is a required application material for the festival, and since my only other experience selling things face-to-face with the public involved a $25 rented table at an elementary school last year, I had to create the above space in my backyard. aside: Brandon, I’m sorry I tipped over your frisbee golf goal thingie while clearing out yard space for this … if it’s broken, I’ll replace it. woops.
But it’s not really the booth space I want to share; rather, lets focus in on the sign I created for it. I love it. Do you need a sign? Well then:
- foam board
- unbleached drill fabric (or whatever background fabric you want)
- fabric scraps
- double-sided fusible adhesive (Heat’n’Bond)
- spray glue (Aleene’s Tacky Spray)
- kraft paper
- Find a frame for the size sign you want. You can buy one that’s picture-ready and just remove the glass and backing. Or you can go to Michael’s and see if they have any “Custom Woops” frames. I found such a frame for $8 yesterday, and it’s beautiful.
- Cut your foam board down to fit perfectly into the frame. To do this, I laid the frame on top of the board and traced the inside of the frame onto the board with Sharpie. I then cut the foam board down with a butcher’s knife … maybe scissors would work, too.
- Hop onto Microsoft Word and print out letters the size/font you’d like. Cut them out. Lay them out on the foam board to check sizing/spacing before proceeding.
- Trace the letters onto square scraps of fabric.
- Fuse the letter-traced square scraps of fabric onto the Heat’n’Bond (follow the package instructions).
- Cut out the letters.
- Remove the back of the Heat’n’Bond film; set fabric letters aside.
- Cut a piece of unbleached drill (or whatever background fabric you use) so that it’s big enough to cover the foam board and wrap around the sides with about 2″ excess. Place unbleached drill on ironing board.
- Lay the prepared fabric letters onto the unbleached drill however you’d like and IRON THEM ON!
- Admire the beauty of your fabric sign for a second, take a breath, and continue:
- Cover the foam board with the fabric sign, pulling taut, and press the frame onto the front of the fabric-covered foam board. The fabric sign + foam board should fit perfectly into the frame and not fall out.
- Spray the outer edges of the back of the foam board (which will be covered with the fabric edges) with Tacky Spray; let set 30 seconds; press the 2″ excess unbleached drill onto the back of the foam board to secure.
- Spray the entire back of the foam board + excess fabric with Tacky Spray; let set 30 seconds; cover with kraft paper for a finished, clean-looking back.
- Let dry … and you’re done :) If you want to hang it, add some mounting hardware to the back of the frame. You could probably create this sign using the original backing of a picture-ready frame, too, for easier mounting (if you do this, skip the foam board bit and just attach fabric sign to the frame backing).
- Email me with any questions – I’m sure this is about as unclear as possible.
Did I mention I also became a business owner yesterday? Woop Woop! You may officially address me as Alainna Lexie Beddie d/b/a THE BAG LAiDY. Yum.