Ideas for First Communion banners include using self-adhesive felt letters and decorative paintings of the Christian fish, praying hands, doves and the cross. Grapes, a chalice, a rainbow, the Ten Commandments and the communicant's name written in calligraphy are also commonly used on these banners.
Other ideas include decorating the banner with common elements such as fancy rhinestones, glitter paint and foam letters. First Communion banners can be a number of shapes and sizes. Many are rectangles with a width of 9 inches and a length of 21 inches and are hung with tab tops from a wooden dowel or hanging wire. However, many parishes have specific rules about sizes, materials, and what can and cannot appear on the banners.
Angie Kauffman, founder of Catholic Mothers Online and Catholic Printables Online, recommends involving the entire family, especially the child who is preparing for her first Holy Communion, in the creation of the banner. Parents may allow the child to choose colors, elements and the layout. They should be sure to clearly mark the child's name on the back of the banner so that it may be safely returned after the Mass.
Several sites, such as FirstCommunionBannerKits.com, Etsy.com and RealLifeAtHome.com, offer printable banner patterns and preparation guides, as well as banner creation kits.