Making a Banner

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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.

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

Approximate Time: 3 or more hours



    two styles of banner

  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. closeup of banner

  3. 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.
  4. Leave the top of the banner open. Turn the banner to the right side, and press flat to sharpen edges.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. three strings of fabric banner

    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 from Boca Raton, FL

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October 3, 2007

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

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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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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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November 7, 2020

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Dino Halloween Banner - finished banner

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April 14, 2020

Scrapbook paper cut into banner shapes, some thread or yarn, and printable monkeys are the start to a cute decorative banner for a birthday party or other occasion.

Monkey Theme Decoration Banner - finished banner with a monkey printout on two of the solid color flags

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March 18, 2020

Make this Happy Easter banner to welcome your guests during the Easter season. It's easy to modify this for a birthday or other special event.

Happy Easter Banner - glue the eggs in place at the ends and add lengths of ribbon for hanging, front view of banner hanging on a wood mantle

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March 11, 2020

This fun Valentine's Day banner is constructed from scrapbook paper, a branch, pink and red buttons, and ribbon. It is easy to make and you may even already have some of the necessary supplies.

Valentine's Day Hanging Flag Banner - ready to hang

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March 4, 2020

Make a fun Valentine's Day banner by applying lipstick kiss marks onto pieces of paper. Then attach those to a colored background and hang. Easy, cute, and fun to make.

Kissmark Decorative Banner - apply the lipstick colors in turn and make three kiss marks on the lighter paper

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January 2, 2020

This "Merry Christmas" banner is made from multiple colorful paper Christmas trees. It can be personalized or modified for different holidays.

Christmas Tree Banner - garland before banner added

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November 22, 2019

Banners are a fun, personalized decoration you can make for an upcoming birthday. This page contains a variety of birthday banner projects.

A birthday banner hung outside.

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November 15, 2019

Homemade Halloween banners are an easy decoration to make yourself. The possibilities are endless and it is a great way to use up leftover crafting supplies.

A Halloween banner made from paper and clothespins.

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November 13, 2019

Have the kids help make this Halloween paper ghost banner. Displaying banners is a great way to decorate for the seasons and other special events.

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November 13, 2019

Incorporate paper cutouts of your child's handprint into this cute "boo" banner. It only requires, construction paper, scissors, and your choice of string or ribbon to hang it.

Boo Banner

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