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The 1-Hour Halloween Banner Project


We're in the middle of a huge remodel, out of which I'll get a 13x17 foot craft space, so I'm simultaneously excited and freaked out by the idea of a giant hole in the side of our house, and having to find space for everything in 3 bedrooms and our front coat closet. 

That being said, I did have time a few weeks ago to make a Halloween banner for our fireplace mantel. I LOVE making banners. I had the idea last Thanksgiving to make a banner each month. I didn't quite make it, but I'm proud of the results nonetheless.

I love hanging my handmade banners in such a prominent space in our house - it means a lot to me to see my work out on display on a daily basis, and it makes me happy to see what I *do* with all those supplies I love buying. Not to mention both girls notice and seem to like them. 

This was a joint project with my preschooler. I tried to come up with cute sayings for the banner- no boring "Happy Halloween" for me, and anyway, our mantel isn't long enough. She suggested "boo, pumpkin!" which I thought was both incomprehensible and adorable at the same time. So there it is. 

I used my trusty Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine, which makes quick work of cutting out paper banner shapes. I found a pumpkin shape in their online store and tweaked it.  I removed the jack-o-lantern face and added each letter as a cutout instead.  I used a gorgeous "creamy" orange cardstock from a DCWV stack - it has a smooth coating with a matte finish, and looks and feels wonderful.

I wanted the pumpkins to look like they were lit up inside, so I used a bright yellow paper from Echo Park to back the cut out letters. I also needed a bit of sparkle (always!) and found some heavy green glitter cardstock from last year's Studio Calico December Daily kit. The Cameo did a better job than I expected with that heavy paper, though I had to clean out the glitter from the blade housing after I was finished.  I used a high blade setting, slowed the speed way down and did a double cut. 

The ghost shape is also from the Silhouette Online Store, and I used one of my fancy free fonts for the lettering. (Unfortunately I can't remember which one!).   I backed the ghost eyes with a scrap of black paper and the 'boo' in the same yellow I used for the pumpkins' letters.

I punched holes in either side of the pumpkins and the ghost and strung the whole banner on some plain bakers' twine in off-white.  We used the nails already in our mantel to hang the banner.

Once I figured out what I wanted to look like, it was less than an hour to cut the shapes and glue and string everything together.   I love when projects like this come together so quickly!  We'll definitely be saving this banner for next Halloween as well!

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