How to Make a "Welcome Back" Banner

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How to Make a "Welcome Back" Banner
Make your own custom welcome banner. (welcome sign image by timur1970 from

A "Welcome Back" banner is a thoughtful way to welcome home a friend or loved one that has been away. Sign shops sell expensive, professionally designed banners, but you do not have to spend much money to welcome someone home. A homemade banner is inexpensive and easily tailored to your honoree's tastes and situation. You probably have most of the necessary supplies at home. If not, you can purchase needed items at your local arts and craft store.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Construction paper
  • Stencils
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencil brush
  • Flat white twin sheet
  • Dust sheet
  • Drawing pins
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Sketch your design on a piece of construction paper. Preparation and planning prevents wasting your materials.

  2. 2

    Wash the sheet you plan to use. This will remove anything on the sheet that may prevent the paint from adhering to the fabric. Do not use fabric softener, as it may prevent the paint from staying on the fabric.

  3. 3

    Place a dust sheet under the sheet. This will prevent the paint from seeping through the sheet and staining the surface where you are painting.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of the bedsheet. Mark the middle point with a pencil.

  5. 5

    Pour paint into disposable plastic bowls or on paper plates.

  6. 6

    Place the stencil of the letter C five inches below the pencil mark.

  7. 7

    Dip your brush into the paint and stencil the letter C. Press your paint into the fabric and swirl, do not rub. Rubbing will cause the paint to get under the stencil, which will smear the letters.

  8. 8

    Carefully peel your stencil off the sheet. Be careful not to smudge the paint.

  9. 9

    Stencil the remaining letters of the word "welcome" onto your sheet. Work out from the letter C to ensure proper spacing.

  10. 10

    Place the stencil of the letter A three inches below and one inch to the left of the letter C.

  11. 11

    Stencil the A. Continue stencilling the remaining letters of the word "back," working out from the letter A.

  12. 12

    Decorate the rest of the sheet with their name, the date, shapes, drawings and messages. Choose meaningful designs that will make your honoree feel special.

  13. 13

    Allow 24 hours for your sheet to completely dry.

  14. 14

    Place a towel over the paint. Iron the sheet to set the paint.

  15. 15

    Hang your banner with drawing pins or nails.

Tips and warnings

  • A light coloured sheet and dark paints allows your message to be easily seen.

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