Decorative Rainbow Banners

Create your own rainbow banners for a summer festival or party!

Decorative Rainbow Banners

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour + drying time for paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. First, untie the hanging thread and put it to one side. Place a fabric banner onto a sheet of scrap paper. Use a fabric paint stick to draw a coloured circle in the middle of the banner, pressing down firmly so the paint rubs into the surface of the fabric.
  2. Working outwards from the middle of the banner, add more colours with paint sticks, drawing several circular bands to create a rainbow effect. Colour around the edges of the banner so the fabric is completely covered.
  3. Dip a paintbrush into the water, then rub it over the top of the design to merge the circles where the colours meet.
  4. To permanently fix the colours with an iron, follow the instructions on the packaging. Fold an old sheet or piece of cotton fabric and place it over the painted banner before ironing.
  5. Rub a fabric paint pen over the hanging thread, or use several colours, then merge together with a damp sponge.
  6. Finish the banner with coloured pompoms along the bottom edge; these can be stuck with fabric glue or a strip of thin double-sided tape. Tie the hanging thread back onto the banner.
  7. Decorate the banner with 3D fabric pens. Glue sequins or gems onto the background. Or, for a tie-dye effect, after colouring the circles (Step 3), use a white or pale fabric paint stick to draw lines radiating outwards before fixing the design with an iron (Step 4).
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Top Tip

For drawing patterns with 3D paint pens, turn the banner round as you do this, so your hand doesn’t smudge the wet lines. Allow 2 hours+ for 3D paint to dry thoroughly.