DIY Halloween Garland

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!

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

 

 

 Supplies Needed:

  1. scrapbook paper (any color or pattern)
  2. Mod Podge
  3. black paint
  4. medium size paint brush
  5. twine
  6. thin board
  7. beads (optional)

 

Directions:

Step 1–Cut wood (see alternate method)

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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 JulianDeusch GothicLast 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

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

You will need Mod Podge and your paint brush.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

Add Mod Podge to your board.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

Once your glue has dried, you can sponge paint the edges black.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

I made my corners thicker than the sides.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

Allow your black paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

 

 

Step 5–Drill Holes

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

Once my black paint dried, I used a drill to make the holes for my twine.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

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!

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

 

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).

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

You can see the black beads below with the metallic paste on them.

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

 

DIY Halloween Banner

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

DIY Halloween Banner | Halloween Decor | My Creative Happy

 

Happy Halloween!

Kelly Hedlund | MCH

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “DIY Halloween Garland

  1. Mandy Kennon

    Love this…I never would have thought to use wood????

  2. Kim

    I’m glad you liked our Halloween garland. Yes, it is an original garland that Candice, my daughter, and I created. It was first published in Creative Keepsakes magazine and soon after, it was then picked up as a kit for Target stores. Thanks for giving us credit. Good job on your garland. Kim

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