Banners on a School Budget

One thing that many schools have in common is the size of their budget. Public schools often suffer from a lack of funds, and may not have the available resources to design banners to promote their events.

However, there are ways that schools can save money and still purchase banners that will effectively display their message. Here are some money saving tips for schools.

Say it with less. Large banners typically cost more than smaller banners, due to the amount of material that is needed. Can your message fit on one of these smaller banners? If the answer is yes, then it may be a better idea to go with a smaller sign that will get the message across, but in less space. Small banners can also cost less to install and will require less labor for the process.

Keeping it simple. Design costs can go up when you add extra graphics, flourishes, or special colors. Instead of breaking the bank by going all out on a banner design, stick to the basics and keep the overall design simple. You'll still be able to get your message across, but in a way that is much more cost effective.

Look for stock banners. Many schools need banners for general events. If you can find a stock banner that is pre-designed that will work for your event, this is a great way to save money. Most sign companies offer the ability to purchase general banners that are not business or school specific.

Ditch the designer. Instead of hiring a high-priced designer to create your banner, you can involve your students in the process. The school's art classes can be used to get the students to design what they would like the banner to look like and a contest can be held to select the winner.

Chances are, you may just find that your students are as talented as any graphic designer. This is also a great way to get students more involved in school events.

Pick the right material. Do you need a permanent, aluminum sign, a vinyl banner or vinyl lettering? By using vinyl lettering instead of a large banner, you can cut down on the expense for your sign. In most cases, vinyl lettering will hold up for a long period of time, giving you a great way to save money and still end up with a durable sign.

If you are thinking of purchase a permanent sign made out of aluminum, a vinyl banner may be able to serve the same purpose at less cost. Vinyl banners are made to withstand sun, wind and the elements and can provide you with several years of service.

These are just a few examples of how a school can save money on their banners. All you need to do is get a little creative and you'll be able to shave expenses before you even get to the design process.