How to make homemade outdoor banners

Written by melody dawn
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A homemade banner is a great way to announce an event or to create a special sign for birthdays and parties. Banner designs can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be. Making your own banner can save you a lot of time when you begin to compare the cost with that of a purchased banner from a sign company. Banners can be made from a wide variety of materials and can be done by one person in a few hours.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vinyl banner or white tarp
  • Super glue
  • Wooden dowel
  • Permanent markers
  • Spray adhesive
  • Stickers
  • Pictures
  • Glitter
  • String

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  1. 1

    Select the size of banner that you would like to make. Decide on where you will hang the banner. If hanging the banner on a fence or a building, choose an 8-foot banner for the best visibility. The standard size of vinyl banners is 2-by-8 to 4-by-8 feet, and the standard tarp size is 5-by-8 feet.

  2. 2

    Fold over 3 inches of the top of the tarp and use super glue to secure it in place. Insert a wooden dowel approximately 4 inches longer than your banner inside the fold for hanging. Vinyl banners have pre-made grommets that allow you to run string through to secure them down.

  3. 3

    Write your message on the banner using permanent markers so the ink will not smear if it gets wet. Use tape or pre-cut vinyl letters if you have those available to you. Write in simple print and keep your words at a minimum so the banner is easier to read.

  4. 4

    Decorate the rest of the banner using stickers, signatures, pictures or glitter.

  5. 5

    Attach the pictures using spray adhesive. Place each picture on newspaper or papers to protect surfaces from overspray. Hold the can 6 to 8 inches away from the picture and spray in a side-to-side motion until the back is covered with a single layer. Wait approximately 30 seconds before you turn the picture over. Position it onto the banner and smooth out any wrinkles using your hand.

  6. 6

    Hang your banner using heavy string. Tie the string to the ends of the dowel or run the string through the grommets.

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