For a while now, we have been doing our museum shows, Geekfests, and Makerfaires. At each event, we always have a problem displaying our 8 foot SheekGeek.com banner. For years we’ve basically taped the banner to the front of our table but no one can really see it, especially when we get busy and there are several layers of people in front of the table. In recent event we’ve been taping it behind the table on a wall. This doesn’t always work because we aren’t always in front of a wall. When we do luck out and get a wall behind us, we can’t always use it to tape up the banner. Looking for a portable solution to hold the banner behind us at a table, we found a few designs for a PVC banner holder.
It might not be well known to you guys, but I love PVC. It is the perfect medium in many cases for all sorts of neat furniture and DIY projects. Anyway, let’s get started. While searching for a design, I stumbled across this great site that uses a PVC stand to hold up photography backdrops. This is the perfect design! In fact, that is what our banner holder will double as when Jessi wants to take pictures.
To start, we held the banner up on a wall at about the height we wanted the final product to be. We measured the height from the ground to the top of the banner. This was about 6 foot 3 inches. We then measured the banner we expected to hold up. It was 97 inches long (8 foot 1 inch) by 24 inches wide. With this in mind, we added a couple of inches to each of the measurements and calculated the lengths of PVC we were going to use. The final measurements are shown in the sketchup screenshot below or feel free to download the sketchup file from the 3D Warehouse.
Click the pic above for a screenshot with the measurements.
Luckily I had a bunch of 3/4″ diameter PVC fittings lying around from a previous project so we decided on using them. This lead us to choosing 3/4″ PVC as our building material. To hold the banner up, we used a combination of small rope and S-hooks. these together cost somewhere around $4.00. I had to bend the S-hooks a bit because I wanted something that would stay on the PVC and I could just hang the banner on once everything was set up.
Enough chatting, here’s the pics:
We used about 4.5 pieces of 10-foot 3/4″ PVC. It only cost about $8.00. Simply cut these to length using a PVC cutting tool or do what we did and use a dollar store hacksaw. Both tools work well.
We made fine adjustments to the measurements as we went to make the banner look better. I recommend doing this for your own project. Also, if you are unsure, always cut longer pieces than you need by a couple inches. You can always shorten them up, but you can never make them longer if you cut them too short.
After everything is cut to length, simply put it all together. Below are the knots I used to hand the S-hooks.
Left shows the front and the right pic shows the back of the center post.
The left pic here shows the top corner and the right pic shows the bottom. Notice the gap on the bottom between the banner and the lower PVC pipe. This is a result of an extra inch or so when I cut. I left this here in case I eventually tie up the banner with rope alone or it becomes loose it will still look nice.
The finished product! the next step from here will be to design and build a over the shoulder carrying bag for all the pieces out of ripstop material.