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Maui K
VIP May 2017

Buying Etsy printable/digital signs

Maui K, on February 13, 2017 at 5:35 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 19

I have been looking on Etsy for a cute design, where I can have a few signs with the same background. The signs would probably include a smallish one for the guestbook table, one that says our Instagram hashtag, and the cake table. Then I would also have a few larger ones for the ceremony/reception entrance and possibly the menu.

I like the attached photo, but it says they send me a digital copy and then I print it either at home or a store like Kinko's or Office Depot.

Does anyone have any advice if I choose to do this? For the small signs I could put them in frames, or I could find little easels/stands. For the big signs I would definitely have to have some type of stand, and I also have no idea what type of material I would print it on. I wouldn't want to do a piece of large paper as it would probably blow away.


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Latest activity by Eva, on November 15, 2022 at 11:55 AM
  • Bee
    Master April 2017
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    Following.

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  • Julie
    Dedicated June 2017
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    Following. I am also thinking about a welcome sign on easel. I think they can print on a foam poster board or something heavy duty. I was planning to go in a store at some point to talk to someone because it's confusing to me online.

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  • Bemyguest
    Master April 2017
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    A foam poster board or heavy duty cardboard would be ideal.

    You would definitely need stands. The little ones could be frames. Someone posted a thread with a pic of frames spray painted gold the other day and they were really pretty!

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  • A
    Super May 2017
    AokiPartyof3 ·
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    I'm planning on buying my seating chart off one of these etsy shops... so following.

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  • Maui K
    VIP May 2017
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one with this question! The wedding is outside so I'm worried that the larger ones might get blown away if there's wind.

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  • Mrs.Whooooo
    Master May 2017
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    Following, I want to do this for welcome sign, "program" and seating chart

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  • Kelsey
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    Designer here.

    Staples and Vistaprint have some great printing options that wouldn't be just paper. They also offer mounting/hanging/whatever materials as an option.

    With Vistaprint, you unfortunately cannot do any kind of custom size, so would have to make sure that the file you are downloading either fits to one of their predetermined sizes (their foam boards for example come in 16" x 20", 18" x 24", and 22" x 28") or that the designer or yourself can resize the file to that size.

    Staples is a little easier in that you generally can do any size you want, but they're usually a bit more expensive (Vistaprint always has a sale).

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  • Van Pear
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    I think the small signs in frames would look lovely. Those ones I would suggest printing them yourself if you don't have many, or if you shop at Costco their print prices are very good.

    The large ones I would mount to foam board or similar. Nations Photo Lab has excellent mounting options for reasonable prices, or you could also DIY. You can do the large sign with a frame to dress it up, Michael's sells open frames (with a coupon!), it would weigh it down. Otherwise you should secure it to an easel or stand and stake or weigh down the legs so it doesn't blow down in the wind.

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  • Maui K
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    @Kelsey and @Van Pear, thank you so much for the advice!! I'll check the following places you mentioned. And I will definitely consider the open frames to weigh the large ones down! Smiley smile

    Any advice on where to get the stands?

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  • mel
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    You could also get a piece of cheap wood, cut down to same size as your sign, stain the back of it if you want, then glue the sign onto it. IDK what type of glue to use, depends on what your sign is printed on. then prop it up against something.

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  • Sarena
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    We ended up making ours on photoshop, printing it at staples and buying a frame at Micheals for real cheap. It is 24x36 so we can put it on a easel. We also did make smaller signs and printed them at staples as well. If you can make them yourself your better off.


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  • Van Pear
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    If you just want a basic one, Michael's has black metal artist easels.

    This is the one I use for my fair displays, that will support the weight if you end up framing it:

    http://www.michaels.com/artists-loft-plein-air-field-easel/10120395.html

    Or to save money, here's a wood one (not sure about the sturdiness though):

    http://www.michaels.com/artists-loft-floor-easel/10114175.html

    And there are many more options as well. Target also has a few options (I'm sure Walmart would too). For a decorative one, I'm not quite sure though!

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  • Janelle G.
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    Following

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  • FutureMrsS
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    I plan to buy ally signs off of an Etsy printable shop!

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  • Hopeless Romantic
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    I would vote for printing out the big sign from staples and putting that piece of paper in a big frame! You can put the frame on an easel, or set it on a table and lean it up against the wall.

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  • Kelsey
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    Amazon also has a lot of stands/frames for good prices Smiley smile

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  • Britny
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    I don't have any advice for the bigger prints, but I did have 8x10 and 4x6 prints that I used for my wedding. I bought the digital signs off etsy, printed them at my local Walgreens, and put them in dollar store frames that I spray painted glitter gold! I wish I had a picture to show you, but they turned out a lot better than I thought they would!

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  • A&L
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    Our stationery vendor is printing them for us. And our venue said the print/frame needs to be attached to the easel and the easel attached to the ground.

    Talk to your pros

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  • K
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    Thank you for sharing this. I'd like to declare that I am a painting enthusiast, with numerous painting frames and designs in my living room. Actually, one of my friends enjoys painting, and I recently saw a painting in his drawing-room that was both pernicious and exceptional. This painting was framed in a beautiful and elegant manner. Since that day, these paintings have been melting my heart. I also asked him where he gets his paintings, and he said he usually gets them from Michaels coupon code at Reecoupons, and told me that they have the best deals with the best promo code and that it was also my best experience with them.

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