In Minecraft, a banner is a large block specially made to show off a pattern or design – the perfect accessory for decorating an interior space. You can find banners that spawn naturally in Minecraft, but the results are limited and unimpressive, with few complex options beyond simple white flower banners in Woodland Mansions, or villager face banners in marauding outposts.
Fortunately, it is possible to make your own banner with the right dyes in the right positions. Here’s how to do it!
Step 1: Create or find a banner
Buy a banner first! You can usually loot a banner by attacking one or attacking a villager holding one, then inspecting what falls. Otherwise, you can easily create your own banner with six segments of it matching wool colors and a stick.
Step 2: Bleach the banner if necessary
Otherwise, we recommend that you simply start with white wool when making, as this will yield the best results.
Step 3: Add food coloring to the banner
If you don’t already have dyes, now is the time to collect, buy, or make them. There are a total of 16 dyes you can use, so pick the colors you have in mind and get started. Bone meal, ink bags, flowers and plants are all commonly used ingredients that you can put in the crafting grid to obtain different dyes.
When you have enough food coloring for your project, it’s time to make it too. The key is correct positioning: Where you place your banner and your dyes in the 3 × 3 craft grid determines the pattern that will appear on your banner.
Most placements are largely intuitive, especially if you want to create an emblem-inspired design. If you throw a single dye in the corner of the crafting grid, with the banner in the center, you will get a square color in that area. A dye in the center creates a large dot. Surrounding the banner with dyes creates a border of that color. You can create a gradient by placing dyes in the top right and left corners and the bottom two middle sections of the grid. Crosses and X’s are also made by placing dyes in the correct patterns. A triangle of coloring can create chevrons at the top or bottom of the banner, or divide the banner diagonally with color depending on the placement – and so on.
You can also create special banner designs by adding extra items along with a dye color for more complex results. These options are:
- Stone: By adding a stone, a stone pattern is created. Add a single dye and a stone to create a colored stone pattern.
- Vine: By making a vine, a dye and your banner, you will get a wavy border in your preferred color.
- Creeper head: This gives you a Creeper-like face on the banner, in the color of your choice.
- Wither skeleton skull: Use this to make a crossbones skull.
- Daisy: This creates a fuzzy flower shape.
- Enchanted golden apple: Use this to get the Mojang logo.
Remember you can make dyes multiple times on a banner! It allows you to complement and overlap designs to get exactly the look you want. If you want to experiment first so you don’t waste material, Minecraft has a tool for that. People made everything from real national flags to the tops of the houses Game of Thrones, so you can find plenty of good advice for more complex plans.
If you have access to a loom, you can create even more banner patterns with a wider variety of logos, but this is not necessary to get the look you want.
Step 4: Place your banner
With your paint and design in place, you are ready to place your banner in the desired location. Banners do not have a collision mechanism and are placed on the ground (like a sign) or on a wall. Lava cannot hurt them, and if necessary, objects move right through it, including running water.
Step 5: Arrange multiple banners if necessary
Sometimes one banner is not enough to get the exact look you want, especially if you want to spell something or make a big billboard. This requires you to create and place multiple banners in the same position, using their color patterns to form a larger design.
If you want to make a banner with the same colors, just place a blank banner and your painted banner in the craft grid. This allows you to copy the design without having to collect all the materials again.