Believe it or not, it's pretty easy to make a first communion banner, and there is no need for sewing! If you're feeling like this might be too crafty for you- think again! I'm going to show you exactly how to make a first communion banner and I promise you it's not as hard as you think! ;-)
- Big piece of felt or other fabric for background (don't shy away from bright colors!)
- Wooden dowel
- Assorted colors of felt (the stiff kind works best)
- Sharp Scissors
- Glitter glue or Fabric paint and craft jewels (optional)
Have them keep arranging their pieces and designing their first communion banner until everything is where they want it. Then they can glue the pieces down. You can either make an attempt to cut the letters of your child's name out of felt, or you can look for pre-cut felt letters at your craft store. You can even buy iron-on letters. You could also just use your fabric paint to write on the name and date, which would be a lot easier than cutting the letters out.
Once the felt pieces are all down, your child can embellish their first communion banner with glitter glue and fabric paint or even fake jewels! The possibilities are endless, so be creative!
When your child is finished decorating the front of their banner, let it all dry before moving on. Now you need to be able to put the dowel through the back so it can hang up. Here's how we went about doing that- and yes- a picture is worth a thousand words.
We let it dry like this.
It worked really well!
Tie on your string to your dowel and you're all finished!
Now that wasn't so bad... was it? ;-)
What do you do with a first communion banner? Well, it's generally displayed at the first communion mass. Some churches hang them all up on strings, some hang them off the sides of the pews. After first communion, taking your child's picture with their adorable banner is a must!
If you'd like to see more first communion banner examples, Angie at Many Little Blessings has a pictures of more than 40 child-made first communion banners. Of course, all inclusive first communion banner kits are available if that's more your speed, and some of them are quite striking when completed!
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