How to Make a First Communion Banner

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First Communion is an important celebration for many Christians, especially Catholics. It signifies the first time a person (usually a child of about 7 years old) receives the consecrated bread and wine, which Catholics believe has become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. First Communions are usually celebrated with special parties and clothing (most notably the little girl's white dress and veil). A First Communion banner is a special way to decorate the church or the party.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Poster board (standard size is 22 in. by 28 in.)
  • Markers
  • Ribbons, stencils, buttons, etc. of your choice
  • Glue
  • String, tape or poster putty
  • Determine where the banner will be displayed. If it will be used in church during the ceremony, follow the church's guidelines so it will fit the space. If it will be used as a party decoration, make sure the poster board will fit the space where it will be displayed.

  • Use paper and pencil to draw how you would like the finished banner to look. You may want to write "(Name's) First Communion (Date)," "Jesus: The Bread of Life," or draw images of a cross, a ciborium (the cup in which the Communion bread is held), a loaf of bread, a bunch of grapes, etc.

  • Lightly draw the design onto the poster board with pencil, being sure to make all letters and images are large enough to be clearly visible.

  • Use markers to outline the letters and shapes. Color them in with markers if you wish.

  • Use buttons, ribbons, sequins, etc. to decorate the banner. If using glue, allow it to dry thoroughly.

  • Use string, tape or poster putty to display your banner. If using string, poke small holes near the upper corners of the poster. Thread the string through them and tie securely. Hang the string on a nail or around the end of the church pew.

Tips & Warnings

  • White is the color most commonly used in First Communion decor, as a symbol of purity (but any colors may be used). If using white, use silver, light gray or pale blue to outline shapes and letters on the banner.
  • Use poster putty when hanging the banner to avoid damage to painted walls.
  • If the banner is to be a keepsake, carefully roll it up and store it inside a wrapping paper tube.
  • Be sure all components that are glued onto the poster are securely fastened.
  • Follow all church guidelines as to size, materials used, wording, etc.

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