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Can you get the pre-Halloween blues? Right now it is hotter than Hades in Texas. All I want to do is eat ice cream and lay under my fan to cool off.
This is officially the point in summer when it feels like Halloween is never going to get here.
My solution: start working on Halloween DIYs!
And I’m back with another one of my DIYs under $10 today that will help you keep that Halloween budget under control.
Pennant banners are one of my favorite ways to decorate for Halloween. They’re simple. They’re cheap. And they don’t require a lot of skill, meaning if you aren’t crafty…you can make these! Or if you are, you can make them mindlessly while watching Halloween movies.
I’ll show you how I make them in this post, plus at the end of the post you can find a free download of the templates I used so you can trace your own!
Here’s how I made it:
- Printer and cardstock paper for your templates
- Scrapbook paper (2-3 designs)
- Baker’s twine
- Hole puncher
- Reinforcement labels (optional, but recommended)
Most scrapbook paper can be bought for 49-79 cents per page. While I’ve made it easy for you to find baker’s twine quickly, you can often find it in the Dollar Spot at Target year-round. (I stock up when I find a color I love.) Many of the other supplies you likely have on hand already.
For my purposes, I stocked up on scrapbook paper for this DIY and spent $7.74 on paper.
Yeah…I really stocked up. 😳
First, gather up all your paper. We’ll want to mix and match designs for our banners. You may have already done this in the buying process, but since I went crazy and bought all the paper I could find…here’s how I mixed and matched:
Going classic Halloween with orange, black and white.
Mixing patterns and prints with these three.
More classic Halloween – this combo might be my fave I put together.
And finally, the combination I’ll be using for this DIY!
I changed my template patterns after I printed them for my blog post, but you can print your own copy – I recommend using cardstock. Find the download at the end of this post!
Cut them out. There are sizes for letter size paper and scrapbook size paper.
Using the pennant design you like best – and for the size paper you’re using – follow the cheat sheet to layout the template on your paper.
And trace your edges!
Voila – making the most out of each page is always my goal. Continue on for each design you have.
Then cut them out!
Next we’ll punch holes in our paper to string the baker’s twine through.
I keep my holes pretty close to the corners, but spacing is completely up to you.
Because I intend to use my banners for several years, I had some reinforcement labels to the holes.
HACK: You could also place these on the corners BEFORE cutting and use them as a guide for punching your holes.
In this case, I just placed the sticker around the hole.
Nice and reinforced for many Halloweens to come!
These guys are ready for some twine!
I had forgotten I had this black and orange one stashed away in my craft box, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally use a bit of it.
I start by giving myself at least six inches of extra twine on the ends, if not more.
Then I measure the twine based on the length of my banner.
HACK: You could also measure the twine based on the space you plan to hang your banner and how far you want it to hang down.
Because most baker’s twine is two colors twisted together, I tie small knots at each end to keep it from unraveling. This also makes it easier to thread through the pennants.
Thread the twine through the holes. I prefer mine to cross the back of the pennant, but you might like it better across the front.
I recommend using an off number of pennants on your banner and placing the center pennant first so you can even out your baker’s twine.
Once you’re done stringing on all your pennants, your banner is ready!
Then hang it up somewhere spooky to enjoy!
Halloween pennant banners create a perfect layer on a back drop.
So pretty and festive!
Download the template
You can download my template + cheat sheet for free:
What Halloween DIYs are you working on?
P.S. Thank you to The Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon for the bat candle featured in this post! Learn how to make your own.
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