What's the cheapest way to make a sidewalk sandwich board sign?
I have a new location that I'll be starting in a little over a week. Along with canvassing local businesses with menus, punch cards, etc I also need to buy or make 5 sidewalk sandwich board signs. Not the kind that a guy wears but the kind that sit on the sidewalk.
I'm trying to do this in the most economical way possible. These are the options that I've come up with so far.
Buy the whole thing from a sign place but this is the most expensive way to go. The plastic A frame itself is quite expensive and I need five of them. I realize these would probably last the longest but I just can't afford it right now.
Make the A frame myself out of wood, paint it, hinges, etc and have the sign place or even Officemax, etc make the sign insert and I glue it on the homemade A frame. Still expensive. I even inquired about having an office place print out a large poster and laminate it but even after 5 of those, it was well over $100 for just the laminated signs not counting the A frames I would make.
Another option is I make the A frames and I buy vinyl lettering from Michael's or a similar craft store. I'm betting I could cover the finished project with some type of protective clear coat to protect it. (after painting the wood with gloss white paint of course) However, after pricing the packets of vinyl lettering (at $20 a packet!!!) and realizing I would need 7-8 of them to do 5 signs I realized THAT wasn't going to happen.
My final idea is to make the A frames myself, paint them, attach hinges, etc and stencil/paint the words on the signs. Of course I would need only 1 packet of stencil letters but it's not quite as professional looking as I would like. However these signs will be on two ends of a busy highway so I just want visibility.
Any other ways that people have made these signs?