We started with four yards of 50/50 material (50% cotton, 50% polyester) bought from a local fabric store. The width of the fabric is about 44 inch wide but we wanted something wider. Not being a seamstress, we used an iron-on adhesive strip called Heat n Bond to join the two pieces together making a rough square about 72" high by 88" wide. It was pretty easy and quick to iron the two piece together.
The fabric was then hung onto a wall with some duct tape and the overhead projector positioned to give us the size we wanted. As we used a black fabric for the background, we used a silver sharpie to make the outlines. This process went fairly quickly.
After the outlining process was completed, we took the banner outside and laid it flat on top of a scrap of cardboard, many to protect the driveway from any paint that seeped through during the next step.
Then we started the painting process. We used 1/2 inch foam brushes to apply the white latex exterior paint. Working from left to right, top to bottom to minimize drips, putting an arm in a freshly painted area, and knocking over a paint can, it was fairly straight forward. With two people working one cut-in the outline, while the other covered the larger areas. Some of the corners of the letters we a bit tricky with the 1/2 inch brush but we found that a white paint pen did a nice job of giving the sharp edges and cleaned up some of the line edges nicely.
He is a cost and time break down.
- material - $9.00
- Heat n Bond - $2.50 but only used about a quarter of the roll.
- Paint - $6.50 for a quart of white exterior paint and used maybe a 1/2 inch out of the can
- Brushes - $.50 ea we used 4
- joining material - 10 minutes
- outlining design - 10 minutes
- painting - about two man hours, but the cutting in the the letters was time consuming
Look for more projects coming soon.