This year–with a little push from my youngest–I decorated for Halloween. In the midst of making spell books and spooky potions with my little one, I decided to make a (more grown-up) Halloween banner for my mantle.
I have forever loved this Halloween Banner seen on Pinterest. Seriously, every time this pin pops up, I swoon. I tried very hard to provide you with a link back to the original website Candace Stringham Photography, but for some reason, it wants to glitch. So I will share with you what I have gathered. The picture was taken by photographer, Candace Stringham, and it is her mother’s mantle. Her mother is Kim Borup, and holy moly, does she know how to decorate for the holidays! I learned all of this, by the way, from clicking one link after another trying to find the correct source for that original photo (I promise I am not a crazy craft-lady stalker). I am not sure whether Kim’s Halloween Banner was made or bought. But I love it!
And I decided to make one for my very own!
- scrapbook paper (any color or pattern)
- Mod Podge
- black paint
- medium size paint brush
- thin board
- beads (optional)
Step 1–Cut wood (see alternate method)
I wanted my banner to be made of thin wood. I had leftover utility board from paneling the children’s playroom bathroom, so that’s what I ended up using.
Alternate Method: I realize not everyone has access to wood, or a miter saw for that matter. So an alternative to this step would be to use a black foam sheet (this can also be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby). I’ve used these sheets for other projects and they are sturdy enough.
I cut my wood into 5 1/2 inch x 4 1/4 inch rectangles to start with and then spray painted the edges black. The spray painting may be an unnecessary step. I did it mainly so the sides would be black (and because I had black spray paint laying around).
I decided that I wanted my rectangles to be various sizes, just like the original banner, so I did end up trimming a few pieces.
Main Size: 5 1/2 in x 4 1/4 in
Skinny Size: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in (3 Ls)
Small Squares: 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in (L, O, W, V)
Step 2–Print letters on scrap book paper
The nice thing about this project is that you can print any saying you want (Happy Halloween, Trick or Treat, etc), use any scrapbook paper you want, and choose your favorite fonts.
I originally had several solid colors of cardstock (blues, grays, beige, and tans) and then I came across a package of Ravenshead Manor Halloween paper, and went with that instead.
If your scrapbook paper is 12×12, you’ll have to trim it down before printing. If you have a paper cutter, you can trim the paper you want to use into 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 rectangles.
I used the following fun fonts when printing out the letters: AR Julian, Deusch Gothic, Last King Quest, Watermelon Script Demo, and Salsabilla. I alternated the fonts just as I alternated the paper.
Step 3–Glue the paper to the board
You will need Mod Podge and your paint brush.
Add Mod Podge to your board.
Press firmly and smooth your paper in all directions; pay particular attention to your corner so your paper doesn’t curl off later.
Step 4–Paint the edges black
Once your glue has dried, you can sponge paint the edges black.
I started in one corner, and sort of dotted paint around the edges with my bristle brush.
Only a little bit of paint is needed for this–it helps keep that stippled look.
I made my corners thicker than the sides.
Allow your black paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5–Drill Holes
Once my black paint dried, I used a drill to make the holes for my twine.
I added two holes on each letter board. I did have to sand the backside a little one some after I drilled in order to remove any splintery edges.
Step 6–Thread your letters with twine
Before you start threading, take some Mod Podge and twist it around the start of your twine. You want about an inch covered in this glue. Allow this to dry and harden. This is a step you do not want to ignore because it will make threading so much easier!
Once the twine tip is dry, simply thread your letters together. Then hang!
Step 7–Add Beads (optional)
I found some beaded garland at Factory Direct. I bought one spool of gold and one of black. I wanted an antique brass color, so I took Gold paste and wiped it on a paper towel and pulled the black beads through the paper towel (as if I were cleaning the beads).
You can see the black beads below with the metallic paste on them.
DIY Halloween Banner