How to Attach a Banner on a Tablecloth

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A tablecloth banner is attached on the side of the tablecloth or on top.
A tablecloth banner is attached on the side of the tablecloth or on top. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

A tablecloth banner is a special addition to a birthday picnic or a holiday celebration. The method used to attach a banner to a tablecloth depends on the materials used. For example, a fabric banner is the best option because it can be sewn or glued to a fabric tablecloth, while the weight of a vinyl banner requires a counterbalance to prevent the tablecloth from slipping off the table.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric glue
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Small paint brush
  • Tailor's chalk
  • 2 sets of grommets
  • Grommet setter
  • Hammer
  • 2 large washers
  • 12 feet of rope

Fabric Banner

Iron the tablecloth and lay it flat on the floor.

Place the banner on the tablecloth. Adjust until it lies straight and use the tailor's chalk to make marks around the corners of the banner on the tablecloth. Make another mark above the center top edge of the banner and below the center bottom edge.

Use a small paint brush to apply fabric glue to the back of the banner. Place the glue on the edges and corners. Some brands of fabric glue will provide a roller or other easy application tool, but this is not always the case.

Hold the banner by the two top corners and flip it over. Keep the banner flat while you place it on the tablecloth. Gently press the banner into the tablecloth.

Let the tablecloth dry completely before placing it on the table.

Vinyl Banner

Place the female piece of the grommet inside the base of the grommet setter. Place the corner of the banner over the grommet setter base, with the female piece centered on the banner's corner.

Place the male piece of the grommet over the banner with the sharp edge resting on the vinyl. Insert the pointed end of the grommet setter through the grommet. Hold the grommet setter straight with your non-dominant hand and give the top of it a strike with the hammer. This will secure the grommet pieces to each other and cut a hole in your banner.

String a 6-foot piece of rope through each hole and tie to the banner.

Tie a large washer to the loose end of each rope.

Place the tablecloth across the table. Drape the ropes from each end of the banner across the table.

Place a paperweight, or weighted decorative table setting, on the outside of each rope to keep it from slipping off the table.

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