How to Ship Extra Large Wood Signs

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If you create wooden signs with your Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, packaging and shipping them might present a problem – because of their size. Since wood signs are are generally not fragile, wrap them in bubble wrap and put them in a box to shop. Today, I’m sharing a few different supplies to look into to box your signs.

3 Materials to Use to Pack Large Wooden Signs

  1. Cardboard sheets: The most economical method is to purchase flat cardboard sheets. (See them on Uline here.) First, wrap the sign in bubble wrap. Then, use a razor blade to cut the cardboard sheet and create a box around your sign. This method is slightly time consuming because you are creating your own box. But, once you do a few, it will go faster.
  2. Flat rate boxes: If your sign isn’t too large, order flat rate game board boxes from the USPS. These boxes measure just over 23 inches by 11 inches and cost $17 to $18 to ship. Again, you’ll want to first wrap your sign in bubble wrap.
  3. Regular cardboard boxes: Since wood signs are durable, wrap them in bubble wrap and place them in a flatter style cardboard box. You can find these at Uline here or search your favorite box supplier for boxes meant for shipping artwork. (You’ll want to steer clear of fine art boxes because they are expensive.)

Finding the Best Shipping Rate

The USPS isn’t known for having the lowest rates on oversized packages. Before you ship through the USPS, check the rates of other carriers including FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

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19 thoughts on “How to Ship Extra Large Wood Signs”

  1. Great post! I have one extra tip. I have been bubble wrapping then I put 2 single pieces of cardboard on front and back and then double wrap in shipping paper. Have been successfully doing it this way for a while now. Best part…. don’t buy shipping paper – the painting contractors paper to protect flooring is the same thing and the roll is bigger and only 10.00 at Lowes or Home Depot! Hope that helps!

  2. Thank you, Christine! You are just a box full of info! 🙂 I didn’t know you could purchase flat cardboard!! I have cut large boxes to make smaller but this will encourage me to try to sell my larger items for shipping. Usually, I only advertise to locals to buy as I didn’t want to try and figure out how to ship them.

  3. I’m with you, Cindy ~ now I can make bigger signs w/my artwork! I buy from ULine a lot, but have never thought to order boxes or flat cardboard. Now I will. I also just discovered that another USPS (not my usual store) has some pretty large boxes for sale now. Their largest are two for $6.00 plus change. As for the contractors’ paper ~ yay! for a cheaper price ~ I use it for a lot of things.
    I’m excited about these tips, and really eager to make bigger signs now! Thanks for the info, Christine (and Cindy)!

  4. I found 28″x24″ Jumbo Mailers sold in bundles of 20 for $75 (3.75 a piece) at free shipping. I mailed it using “Standard” shipping from my local post office across the country for $15.75. Delivery time is 7 days.

  5. I have been shipping large lawn decoration for years through Fedex. I have researched many ways of shipping and still am but I found the cheapest way is to sandwich the sign between to sheets of chipboard. Chipboard is thick and hard to tear. I get it at Menards in the painting area. Its used to cover flooring during constuction much like the rosin paper that Tris talked about above. Chip board is $30 for 50ft. I trim the chip board to fit within Fedex “girth” formula. Fedex will take my largest sign that fits in a package 60″x30″x1″. Shipping ranges from $13-$45 for most states.
    This is a wonderful solution but you will run into a major problem and it gets Fedex upset. Taping the sheets together is troublesome. Normal box tape will split and seperate the two sheets during shipping. Duck tape never sticks well and staples bend and cut finger tips. I did find a great tape at a great price. This tape sticks to everything! Carpet seaming tape is cheap and you get a lot. Carpet tape has threads that zig zag under the glue to make it strong. However, carpet tape has to be heated to melt the glue. Hair dryer works but industrial heat gun works best(Menards carries all of this). Imagine a thick coating of hot glue, string, and paper sealing all the edges on the cardboard or chipboard. This was great but slowed production big time. I needed an alternative and found it looking at a dog food bag. The top of most larger dog food bag is sealed by an industrial bag sewing machine. I figured I would give it a try and I hit pay dirt. They cost around $80 in USA and thread can be purchased almost anywhere. I sandwich my product then run the sewing machine around the outside edge of the chipboard and I’m done. Do tape down loose thread so it can’t get caught in Fedex machines. I hope this helps.

  6. What would be the best way to ship and pkg a 4 ft plywood Round sign with a 2” trim piece around the edge that weighs about 24lbs

  7. Nicole Willoughby

    Hi, I make 6′ welcome signs. What is the best way to expand my business outside of just local and start shipping? I dont want shipping to cost more than I’m charging for the product. Please help.

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