Banners are one of the most customizable decorative items in Minecraft. Players can put a huge number of patterns on it, in a lot of colors. However, that also makes creating a banner with the exact patterns you want fairly tricky. In this article, is going to showcase a complete guide on how to get banner patterns in Minecraft 1.19 update.

Banner And Loom
Banners in Minecraft

1. How to obtain banners in Minecraft 1.19

Banners can be crafted from six wool and a stick in a pattern resembling a sign. The wool blocks need to be the same color - it would become the color of the banner.

Make White Banner
How to make a white banner in Minecraft

Players can also buy banners from expert cartographer and shepherd villagers for some emeralds.

Illagers that spawn carrying an ominous banner‌ / illager banner‌ always drop it upon death.

2. How to get banner patterns in Minecraft 1.19

Players can apply up to 16 colors on a banner, in a number of patterns. Each banner can have up to 6 patterns, placed on top of each other. The last pattern added can be washed off by using a water cauldron.

Banners can be copied with a blank banner to make multiple identical banners. Therefore, players only need to create one banner and then copy them into all the blank banners they have. Both banners must have the same base color, and the one having a pattern copied onto it must have no preexisting pattern.

Create a Loom Block

In Java Edition, players need to create a Loom block to craft banners. They can be found in village shepherd houses or crafted with 2 strings and 2 planks. Players can skip this step in Bedrock Edition as they can just use a crafting table instead.

Create Loom
How to create a loom block in Minecraft

How to apply banner patterns with a loom

A loom has 3 slots:

  • A banner
  • Dye
  • Optional banner pattern item
Loom Gui
Bedrock version of the Loom GUI.

When a banner and dye are put in, players can pick a number of pre-designed patterns on the GUI. The applied design will be shown at the bottom.

How to get special banner patterns

There are 8 optional banner pattern items: Flower Charge, Creeper Charge, Skull Charge, Thing, Snout, Globe, Field Masoned,‌ and Bordure Indented.‌ The last two are Bedrock exclusive patterns.

Banner Pattern How To Obtain
Thing Paper + Enchanted Golden Apple
Skull Paper + Wither Skeleton Skull
Creeper Paper + Creeper Head
Flower Paper + Oxeye Daisy
Field Masoned Paper + Bricks
Bordure Indented Paper + Vines
Globe Trading with a master-level cartographer villager for a price of 8 emeralds.
Snout Obtained in the Bastion Remnant as loot from chests (10%)
Special Banner
Special banner patterns

How to make dye

To have access to colored banners, crafters need to have dyes. Here is the full list of dyes in the game and what items make each dye type:

Color of Dye How to Obtain
White Dye Bone Meal or Lily of the Valley
Light Gray Dye Azure Bluet, Oxeye Daisy, White Tulip, or combining White Dye with Gray Dye
Gray Dye Combining Black Dye/Ink Sac with Bone Meal/White Dye
Black Dye Ink Sacs or Wither Rose
Brown Dye Cocoa Beans
Red Dye Poppy, Rose Bush, Red Tulip, or Beetroots
Orange Dye Orange Tulip or combining Red Dye and Yellow Dye
Yellow Dye Dandelions or Sunflowers
Lime Dye Combining Green Dye and White Dye or smelting Sea Pickles
Green Dye Smelting Cactus
Cyan Dye Combining Green Dye and Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye
Light Blue Dye Combining Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye with Bone Meal/White Dye
Blue Dye Lapis Lazuli
Purple Dye Combining Red Dye with Lapis Lazuli/Blue Dye
Magenta Dye Lilac, Allium, or combining Purple Dye and Pink Dye
Pink Dye Peony, Pink Tulip, or combining Red Dye and White Dye

3. How to apply banner patterns with a crafting table?

In Minecraft Bedrock, it is possible to apply banner patterns directly using a crafting table instead of a loom. However, this process consumes a lot of dyes, unlike using a loom.

Gradients & Borders Banner

Gradient Border Banner

Shapes Banner

Shapes Banner

Halves Banner

Halves Banner

Stripes Banner

Stripes Banner

4. What are the uses of Banners?

Creating map markers

In Java Edition, using on a banner with a map selected places a marker of the banner's position on the selected map, and using on the banner again removes the marker. The marker has the same color as the banner's base without decorations. The marker is removed if the banner is destroyed unless the map is locked using a cartography table. If the banner is renamed, the name appears below the marker.

Map Markers
Map markers in Minecraft.

Applying patterns to shields

Players can fuse a shield with a patterned banner to apply its decorations to the surface of the shield. The shield pattern has a smaller resolution than the banner pattern, causing them to look different or offset.

Minecraft Shields
Unlike banners, shields cannot be repainted or washed in a cauldron.

The banner is consumed in this process. The shield must have no pre-existing patterns and this process does not change existing durability or enchantments on the shield.

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