In Minecraft, a banner is a tall block specially made to show pattern or design – the perfect accessory to decorate the space inside. You can find natural banners that appear in Minecraft, but the results are very limited and unimpressive, with some complicated options beyond a simple white flower banner in Woodland Mansions or a villager face banner in loot outposts.
Fortunately, you can create your own banner using the right dye in the right place. Here’s how to do it!
Step 1: Create or find a banner
First, get yourself a banner! You can usually steal a banner by attacking a banner or attacking a villager holding a banner, then checking to see what is falling. If not, you can easily create your own banner with six segments fit colored wool and a stick.
Step 2: Remove the banner if needed
You don’t have to erase a banner before getting started, but it’s an option. This gives you a white, blank means of blocking to start with any dye you might want to add and remove existing patterns if you rob the banner. You will, however, need bleach, which can only be created with a lab bench (available with Education version or direct command), in which you combine three water and three sodium hypochlorite. You can then create the banner with the newly created bleach to wipe it off.
If not, we recommend starting with white wool only when crafting, as that will give the best results.
Step 3: Add dye to the banner
If you don’t already have any dyes, now is the time to start collecting, buying, or crafting them. There are a total of 16 dyes you can use, so pick the ones you have in mind and get to work. Bone meal, ink bags, flowers and plants are all common ingredients that you can add to your crafting mesh to create a variety of dyes.
When you have enough dye for your project, it’s time to create it. The key is the right placement: The position you place your banner and dye in the 3 × 3 fabrication grid determines the style that appears on your banner.
Most placements are mostly intuitive, especially if you want to create an icon-inspired design. Add a dye to the corner of the fabrication mesh, with the banner in the middle, creating a colored square in that section. A dye in the center will create a large dot. Wrapping the banner with dye creates a border of that color. You can create a gradient by positioning the dye in the top right and left corners and the bottom two in the middle of the mesh. Crosses and Xs are also produced by locating the dye according to suitable patterns. A dye triangle can make up the letters v at the top or bottom of a banner, or divide the banner diagonally with colors depending on location – etc.
You can also create special banner designs by adding additional items with a dye for a more complex result. These options include:
- Brick: Adding a brick creates a brick shape. Add a single dye and a brick to create a colored brick pattern.
- Vine: Shape your vines, dyes, and banners will create a wavy border of your choice.
- Creeper head: This gives you a Creeper-like face on the banner, with a color of your choice.
- The skull withered: Use this to create skull and crossbones designs.
- Oxeye daisy: This provides an ambiguous floral shape.
- The enchanting golden apple: Use this to get the Mojang logo.
Remember, you can craft the dye on a banner multiple times! This allows you to add and overlay designs to get the look you want. If you want to pre-test so as not to waste any materials, Minecraft has a tool for that. People have created everything from real-world national flags to symbols of houses in the world Game of ThronesSo you can find plenty of good advice for more complex plans.
If you have access to the loom, you can create more banner templates with more types of logos, but this is not necessary to get the look you want.
Step 4: Place your banner
With your dyes and designs crafted, you’re ready to place your banner in the desired position. Banners do not have a collision mechanism and are placed on the ground (like signs) or on walls. The lava cannot hurt them, and objects move past them if necessary, including flowing water.
Step 5: Arrange as many banners as needed
Sometimes a banner isn’t enough to get the exact look you want, especially if you want to spell something out or create a large billboard. For this, you’ll need to create and place multiple banners in the same place, using their color swatches to form a larger design.
If you want to create a banner with the same color, simply place a blank banner and your stained banner on the crafting grid. This allows you to copy the design without having to re-gather all of the documents.
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