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Making a Banner

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Decorative cloth banners.
Banners are a fun way to decorate for a holiday, party, or other event. They can be made in so many ways, from the computer banner to a crafty fabric display. This is a guide about making a banner.
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By 4 found this helpful
January 27, 2011

This is a nice and colorful way to fill in all the empty spaces of a room that need "something" while you use up all the remnants of fabrics that are almost too small to do anything with.

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College dorms, first apartments, and bedrooms all make ideal subjects for this easy-to-make crafty treatment.

Approximate Time: 3 or more hours

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Instructions:

  1. Select your fabric based on the colors and prints you like best. Decide on one or more shapes to make your banners and get started. Decide on the shapes you'd like to use and make a pattern using an empty cereal box. If you want more than one shape, be sure to make patterns for all so that they end up being fairly close to the same size.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of the same or contrasting fabrics and sew them front sides together. You'll probably want to mark a seam line, then pin into place to make sewing faster and easier. Machine or handstitch. They're easy enough to sew by hand and watch TV at the same time.
  3. Leave the top of the banner open. Turn the banner to the right side, and press flat to sharpen edges.
  4. Use wide bias tape to string them together and sew the top sides of each banner into the fold of the tape. Space them so that they are either touching side-by-side or with the same distance between each banner.
  5. Sew the bias tape all the way from one end to the other keeping the seam straight and making sure to capture the tops of every banner in the fold. This is made much easier if you pin everything in place prior to beginning to stitch.
  6. Tie the ends of the bias tape to a screw or nail in the wall or ceiling and you have instant room decor for anywhere you choose to put it.
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    Source: My great-granddaughter, Bianca, who made all the banners in the pictures. She is a grad student at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and will have her Master's in Art Management in May of this year. It's been a long hard 6 years, but she's having the time of her life right now with a first apartment. :-)

    By Julia/Pookarina from Boca Raton, FL

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October 2, 2013

Add a handmade touch of fall to your home decor. This banner is simple to put together. All you need is fall theme cardstock, twine, and your favorite fall stickers.

Closeup of one section with sticker.

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August 18, 20050 found this helpful

I recently recieved a catalog in the mail that had everything you could possibly want for a child's birthday party. But the cost of the stuff was crazy! They had banners in the catalog that said "Happy Birthday, Juila" with whatever theme you were doing for $14.99. I wanted one for my daughter's upcoming birthday, but wasn't about to spend that much for a piece of paper! So I got to work!

I had bought a Print WorkShop CD at Wal-Mart for $10 when we bought our computer and it has the feature to make banners on it. I added a border and a couple of Spongebob Squarepant pictures on each end and "Happy Birthday, Brooke" in the middle and printed it up. It came out just as good as the ones in the catalog and only needs to be taped together. And it came out a lot cheaper!

Anna

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October 3, 20070 found this helpful

Tips for making a banner for a birthday, holiday, or any celebration. Post your own ideas here.

Use A Sheet

My grandkids and I used a twin size white flat sheet and spray paint to welcome home their daddy from Iraq. Suddenly we saw a whole lot of them around here.

By KELLYCAJUN

Mother's Day Banner On Freezer Paper

Depending on how wide you need the banner to be, you might consider getting out the freezer paper and some markers. Write your message to Mom. Decorate with tissue flowers or silk ones or even large stickers. Take something she enjoys and decorate with that theme. If she likes to dress up, take a high heeled shoe and trace onto paper, color it in adding glitter and a dazzling pair of earrings, and a necklace. If she enjoys cooking, draw an apron, rolling pin, pot and pan, etc. or, if she loves to garden, draw flower pots, spades, veggies, rakes, hoes, etc. Is she into sewing, draw a tape measure, a huge thimble, a needle with thread coming out the eye and then make a checked fabric with markers. Does she like to quilt, do a patch work design. Just use you imagination and have fun. She will love it because it came from you.
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By Martha in TN

Dollar Store Mother's Day Banner

Depending on what you have to spend and how crafty you are and if you have any help, it might be kinda fun to go to the dollar store and get the following: Choose a sheet of construction paper for each letter. You might like to use one color for each word, ie: green for "happy" etc. With each sheet vertical (up and down) measure and lightly draw a line down each long side, 1/2-1 inch wide and do the same on the short sides. In the resulting box, lightly print in large caps to fill the box each letter of Happy Mother's Day (give the apostrophe it's own sheet too)

In the margins of each sheet, punch a hole about 1/2 to 1 inch from both top and bottom of each sheet, keeping the holes on each sheet even with the following ones. This is best done by measuring and marking a dot with a pencil on each one, then punching at the dots. Don't forget this is done on the "long" sides of each sheet "only". Apply reinforcements to each hole, "front and back", to keep the holes from ripping when the banner hangs. Using the tissue, cut 4-6 inch squares and grasp the center of each square, gathering it tightly. Glue the resulting bunches along your pencil lines, forming a floral letter on each sheet.

I am more in favor of using the artificial flowers as follows: remove stem and center of flowers, separating into petals. Glue petals separately along the lines of the letters, filling any center holes with a sticker, jewel, or other round decoration (sequins, buttons, etc.) Do this until you have each letter done. Arrange in order needed. Using some colorful yarn, string, etc. also available at dollar stores, tie each letter to the next one with a length of yarn, (not too long, experiment!) through top holes and bottom holes, leaving a little space between letter. On each end, add a hanging loop at top or bottom that you can hang over large map pins or stick tacks through to hang the banner. Good luck, if you use this, post a picture so we can all see it.

By thriftmeg

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By 0 found this helpful
May 9, 2007

I'm having a banner made for my son's high school graduation party. He's into mud mogging with big trucks big time, and I am needing help with what to put on the banner. I'm going to have congratulations and his name on it, but i would like to have something catchy on it. Please help!

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May 10, 20070 found this helpful

Got Mud?

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 10, 20070 found this helpful

roll model cars in brown paint and roll onto banner. you could even shape the letters with tire tracks.

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May 10, 20070 found this helpful

hi its all about the dirt! and or boys and their toys. my son owns an atv and dirtbike shop and these are well known slogans

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 10, 20070 found this helpful

How about "Just Keep Pourin' It To It", "A Little Rooster Tail Never Hurt Anybody", or "It's All About Big Boy Toys".

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November 17, 20110 found this helpful

My daughter's birthday party is Saturday and I need about a 4 foot by 6 foot cloth banner. She is also using this as a backdrop for pictures. Her theme is masquerade and it is semi-formal. Any suggestions would be great.

By Misty

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

Do you want to paint or write on the banner yourself? If so, go to a home improvement store and buy a drop cloth. There are some that are 4 feet wide I think. They are canvas so would be nice and heavy.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 8, 2008

Here is what I would like a banner printed on decent paper that says: HOLLYWOODS with the Hollywood Hills background. Black and White print. Notice the 'S' on Hollywood. You can easily create your own Hollywood Hills Banner by googling 'make your own Hollywood hills banner online'. I have done so already. My problem is that I can't get enough resolution to enlarge the picture to 12 inches high and 6 feet long. I'd like the banner printed on decent paper to decoupage onto a board. Thanks so much for any info.

Christine from Dover, DE

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Call or go see a commercial printer. For such a small project it shouldn't take them much time or you much money. Good luck.

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