Halloween Banner

The Halloween paper banner is done!

I don’t know why I’m so into paper banners / garlands this year – maybe it’s because there’s so much beautiful scrapbook paper out there…

Materials:
Paper in four different patterns:
one for big main triangles (eight sheets if you do it the way I did)
one for inside main triangle (eight sheets ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “)
one for circles behind Halloween letters
one for printing Halloween letters on
Scissors
Mod Podge, black foam rubber brush
Some kind of paper punch for running ribbon through
Ribbon
Stapler
Glue – Elmer’s or Sobo is fine
Stencil and paint or download my letters with your printer
Optional: paper punches for letters and letter backgrounds

Directions:
Cut the paper you’re using for the eight main triangles into a triangle shape:

Halloween Banner

I found this sort-of ornate looking paper to cut my secondary triangles out of, and cut that paper into eight smaller triangles to fit onto the large triangle. I was just going for a Halloween look:

Halloween Banner

Used Mod-Podge to get that on:

Halloween Banner

This is a new paper punch that I picked up to make slits into paper so it’s easy to run the ribbon through – this one came from Hobby Lobby:

Halloween Banner

Close to each edge, make the slits with the paper punch (of course, you can just do this with a pair of scissors too):

Halloween Banner

Run the ribbon through – I like to use much, much more ribbon that I know I’ll need to use then cut off the excess. I ran the ribbon through all eight triangles:

Halloween Banner

Now it’s time to make letters! Just use a font/size that will be perfect for your punch size. In this case, I was using a 2-5/16″ round punch:

Halloween Banner

With a slightly bigger punch, I punched out nine scalloped circles to go behind the Halloween letters. The main reason I did this, though, was because I needed a secure way to get my “Halloween” letters onto the garland:

Halloween Banner

…then before and after each triangle, I stapled the scalloped circles onto the garland:

Halloween Banner

…then I used regular Sobo glue (Elmer’s is perfect too) and glued each letter of Halloween onto those scalloped circles. This covers up the staple. You don’t need to use much glue at all, and it dries super-quick so you can just go from one letter to the next without having to hold them:

Halloween Banner

And here it is, all done!

Halloween Banner

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