If you’re having the wedding reception at a place where there is a tree with low branches, you can make a nice hanging banner that features a beautiful monogram. Guests will know which house at which to arrive while you display the gorgeous flag. Don’t have a tree outside? Use a sign post instead.
There are many different types of fabric you can use to make the announcement banner. Lightweight fabrics tend to blow in the wind whereas heavier materials will hang still on a day with little wind. Fabric stores sell material made just for creating outdoor banners. Although it doesn’t usually have an elegant look it gives you an inexpensive option.
One way to make the banner is to simply cut a rectangle of fabric, hem around all four edges, then fold it in half. Slide a cord through the folded area then sew across the material so that you adjoin the two sides of the cloth while creating a narrow pocket for the cord. Sew around the remaining three sides. Leave the cord long so that you create an upside-down “v” shape that holds the flag.
Make a different banner by using two large squares of lightweight material. Stack one on top of the other so that the wrong sides are together. Sew around all four sides, staying close to the edge. Sew a second perimeter of stitches an inch or so from that set. Use a grommet kit to attach two metal holes to the top corners of the flag. Tie a piece of roping through the holes to hang it.
No matter what type of banner you make you’ll create a beautiful floral monogram when you use silk flowers. Choose small flowers, like daisies, violets or similar types. The flowers will simply be attached with fabric glue to spell out the letter or letters you want. If you use flowers with stems the stems will have to be removed before gluing the flowers to the banner.
Use a stencil, or draw freehand, and make a dot-type letter outline. Space the dots evenly apart and use them to make a giant letter or letters on the flag. Use fabric glue to attach the individual flowers onto the dots. With some fabrics you can even use hot glue to attach them.
Make a banner that has a large letter representing the last name or make two letters – the first letter of the man’s and the woman’s name. Make both letters from the same types of flowers or make each letter look different by choosing two colors and types of flowers. Hang the banner on a tree, garden sign post or even a nail on the front door. It makes a nice announcement sign that’s also a wedding keepsake.