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.

peel bravotab

2. Apply it to the banner and fold!

Once the tab is applied on your banner, fold the tab over onto the backside of the material, and press the two sides of the tab together to ensure adhesion. The BravoTab’s square shape allows for you to apply it on the corner of your banner or along the edges as needed.

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3. Use PowerPunch

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

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

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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)

Item Preparation: 30 seconds to prepare Banner Ups materials.

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.

 

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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. 

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2. Place your banner material

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

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3. Press!

Now press firmly down on the handle.

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

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

Item Preparation: 2 minutes to prepare the materials.

Materials Needed: Grommet Machine and metal grommets.

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

 

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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. 

1. Hammer a hole

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

die grommet punch

2. Place the grommet

Then place the grommet carefully on the anvil.

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.

Materials Needed: Supplies consumed when hanging the banner include one Die punch and Grommet setting anvil.

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