Recently I volunteered to go with my friends Girl Scouts troop to a holiday parade. She had just found out a couple days before the parade that they were supposed to be in the parade. Whoops! I knew it was going to be freezing but decided to go anyways. Support!
I also told her that I'd made a banner for the parade, as I love making things. My thought was to get some canvas by the roll and just cut what I needed, paint it and I'd be done. Easy. Not really.
I couldn't find anywhere that would only sell me a couple feet, (though after the fact I found out that it is rumoured that the Art Supply Depot downtown carries this). So I got my thinking cap on and though how else can I get canvas? Remember, this is only for a banner for five year olds, so it didn't have to be all that fancy. So I went to Lowes and bought a drop cloth.
I cut the 6' x9' drop cloth down to four equal pieces (we only needed one banner for the holiday parade, but will make four in the future), folded and pinned the edges, and ironed the whole thing. They ended up being about 3' x 4.5' each.
Then I just hot glued the edge to hide the fraying edges. It's gotta look pretty! After that I ironed it one last time, just to make sure it was as flat as it could possibly be.
I flipped the whole banner over and used a 2" gesso paintbrush to paint the whole front side. This takes time to spread it around as well as dry. It reminded me of marshmallow fluff as I was taking it out of the container.
The canvas was really not as flat as I thought it was for ironing it like three times.
I drew out my design and used black acrylic paint to fill in my design. I left a lot of it white as I knew the girls would want to draw in the background, sign their names, etc.
The girls loved drawing pictures in the background, which include a bird, a flower and a penguin. Don't ask where these are located on the banner!!
I also bought a grommet kit for six dollars so that we could hang the banner up in the future. There are directions on the back of the kit which were super easy to follow. All you need is the kit, a hammer and a spare piece of wood (so you don't ruin the floor). You can see them in the above photo; I chose the /2 inch size as the banner wasn't that heavy.
There you go! A super easy way to made a banner in under a day.
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