How to make homemade outdoor banners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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