No-Sew, No-Glue Paper Halloween Banner

It’s September! That means Halloween season—for me, anyway. I start Halloween shopping in August, I start decorating in September and by October 1st I am living the Halloween dream full-time until November 1.

I am not ready to go into full-on decorating mode this week, I am still assessing what I have and what decorative pieces to add to the collection this year. But I am ready to start adding more touches of the season around the place. This year I wanted to make one of those cunning paper banners that Pinterest keeps showing me, so I did! I absolutely love how it turned out, so if you want to see how I did it, follow along.

First off, we start with a trip to Michael’s. Most good crafting stories—whether those of inspiration or those of warning—start with a trip to Michael’s. For that trip I knew exactly what I wanted, and it was the third stop on my shopping trip so I wasn’t in the mood to linger and thus I did not overspend.  #craftdiscipline

The spoils:

I bought one small pack of Halloween patterned paper ($5.99), one pack of mini clothespins ($3.99) and a large pack of plain paper in complimentary tones ($5.00) They had a large pack of the Halloween style paper, but it was $19.99! That's a rookie mistake, add your patterns as cheaply as possible, fill in with basics. The ribbon tape I had from an earlier visits, and that ball of twine has been in my possession since 2008. A ball of twine is a good investment, folks.
I bought one small pack of Halloween patterned paper ($5.99), one pack of mini clothespins ($3.99) and a large pack of plain paper in complementary tones ($5.00) They had a large pack of the Halloween style paper, but it was $19.99! That’s a rookie mistake, add your patterns as cheaply as possible, fill in with basics. The ribbon tape I had from an earlier visits, and that ball of twine has been in my possession since 2008. A ball of twine is a good investment, folks.

The nice woman working at the checkout gave me even better coupons than I already had, so I ended up spending even less than I thought for supplies.

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So I settled in with The Nightmare Before Christmas on the teevee and a root beer float from Jack in the Box. What could make for a more lovely night?
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These are the colors of the plain paper. Very basic gray and taupe and black. Will be useful for a lot of projects.
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Patterns in the Halloween paper – skulls and pumpkins. I’d totally have this for wallpaper. No lie.
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More patterns – yay happy skulls!

I then cut out one triangle pennant shape to serve as a template for the others:

 

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In case (like me) you’ve forgotten how to get a triangle out of a square, you do this.

Find the middle of the square, then draw a line from the top corners to the middle. Ta-da, triangle!
Fold the paper in half to find the middle bottom of the square, then draw a line from the top corners to the middle bottom. Ta-da, triangle!
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Then you cut a bunch of triangles while you watch one of your favorite movies.
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You scoot your cat out of the way fifteen thousand times. No Poe, that’s not helping.
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I decorated some of the triangles across the top with the black lace tape, and some with this washi tape I found from last year. Just to add a little something. You could go all out and add stickers or other designs, but I wanted to keep it simple.
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So as you make the triangles you attach them to the twine with the mini clothes pins.

 

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Make the banner as long as you’d like. It goes much quicker than you’d expect – I cut way too many triangles.
I wanted the banner to loop twice over my entryway. Once it was almost finished I hung one end, then played with the overall length and the placement of the pennants until it was adjusted to my satisfaction. The nice thing is that nothing is permanently attached to the twine, so you can re-arrange until you're happy.
I wanted the banner to loop twice over my entryway. Once it was almost finished I hung one end, then played with the overall length and the placement of the pennants until it was adjusted to my satisfaction. The nice thing is that nothing is permanently attached to the twine, so you can re-arrange until you’re happy.
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Here’s the finished product. I am really happy with it, and I think it’s a great small project to help ease in to Halloween season.

This was really fun, simple and non-messy and it turned out exactly as I wanted. And since I made so many extra triangles I can easily make more banners for other places, or even outdoors.  I also took the trimmings and made more (even tinier!) triangles, which I might use for other projects. Never waste fancy paper!

The other nice thing about this style of project is that this rustic twine look is simple enough to be good for a few seasons. With differently patterned paper this could be a general fall garland, an Easter garland – really anything, with just changing out the pennants.

Hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you attempt this yourself, I’d love to see the results!

1 Comment

  1. Bonnie says: Reply

    Love this, can’t wait to make one for my home. Thank you for sharing.

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