How to Install Grommets

Grommets have many uses in the world today, you may see them used to hang vinyl banners, or secure a tarp.  Grommets or eyelets can be made from rubber, plastic and metal.  They are made up of two parts, the washer (the flat ring) and the grommet (the indented inner ring).  When installing the grommet, the inner ring is compressed over the flat ring to create a secure hold between the two pieces. There are a few methods to install grommets, some easier than others:

How to install grommets with Banner Ups method:

The easiest and most efficient method is to skip the grommets all together and use Banner Ups.  This method does not require a hammer or a machine.  You will need a pack of BravoTabs (adhesive grommet tabs) and an EZ Punch, and in a few easy steps you have a clean professional looking banner!

1. Peel the BravoTab
Simply peel one BravoTab from the liner to apply it on your banner material.

install grommets - peel tab

3. Use PowerPunch
Next, use Banner Ups EZ Punch to punch a clean hole through the center of the BravoTab.

install grommets - punch

2. Apply it to the banner and fold!
Stick and fold the tab over onto the backside of the material, and press the two sides of the tab together to ensure adhesion.

install grommets - stick tab

4. Hang Banner
Run rope or zip tie through holes and hang your banner.

Bravo Tab Fence Close Up

Estimated Cost

The estimated cost of supplies would be $85.00 the full kit with 100 tabs, 1 roll of Banner Ups Clear PowerTape (1.5″ x 36 yd roll), and 1 ea Banner Ups EZ Punch (heavy-duty hole punch sized right to tabs)

Materials Needed

Supplies consumed when hanging the banner include one Pack of BravoTabs (adhesive grommet tabs) and one EZ Punch.

Process Duration

The total time required to perform instructions  (including the time to prepare the supplies) with Banner Ups method is 2:00 minutes

How to install grommets with a grommet machine:

The next method is more traditional but more costly.  If you are planning on installing numerous grommets, you may consider purchasing a grommet machine.  Machines can cost upwards of $300 but can save you some time and energy. 

1. Set up the grommet
The first step in most grommet machines is to insert the washer on the bottom and the grommet on the top of the opening.

install grommets - align

3. Press!
Now press firmly down on the handle.

install grommets - grommet machine

2. Place your banner material
Then place your banner material in between make sure it is properly aligned.

install grommets - banner material

4. Ready to go!
Run rope through holes and hang your banner!

install grommets - machine

Estimated Cost

The estimated cost of supplies would be $200 for grommet press, $.05 per metal grommet

Materials Needed

Grommet Machine, metal grommets, vinyl banner material

Process Duration

The total time required to perform instructions  (including the time to prepare the supplies) is 7:30 minutes.

How to install grommets with a hammer

The last option is the old fashion way with a grommet die and a hammer.  Needed for this method is a grommet tool kit which includes a die punch and a grommet setting anvil.

die grommet punch

1. Hammer a hole
First you need to hammer a hole through your banner material using the die punch.

grommet on anvil

2. Place the grommet
Then place the grommet carefully on the anvil.

hammer grommet

3. Secure the grommet
Next layer on your banner material and top it off with the washer and setting piece. It will take numerous hard hits with the hammer to secure the grommet in place.  Keep in mind this method may be time-consuming.

Watch how to Install Grommets Video


Typically grommets are placed in all corners and every couple of feet along the edges of the banner.
In the sign industry grommets are used with vinyl and foam boards.
Grommets are metal eyelets designed to give anchoring points more strength.
Watch our great tutorial video here:
Instead of grommets we recommend Banner Ups adhesive tabs. They are faster, stronger, and easier than grommets.
You will need either a die and hammer or a grommet machine to install grommets.
Self-piercing grommets allow the user to avoid having to pre-punch a hole into the vinyl. Instead, when hammering or pressing the grommet into corners, the grommet will cut through the vinyl.
Banner Ups adhesive tabs are the best alternative to grommets. Banner Ups outdoor adhesive tabs are wind tunnel tested and withstood wind speed of 108 mph. No grommet comes close to that strength!


Banner Ups Starter Kit

Part number: STARTKT4AS

  • 100 BravoTabs

  • 1 Roll Clear Starter Kit

  • 1 EZ Punch

$85 $115

Banner Ups New Starter Kit