DIY your decor this Halloween with this frightfully fun craft project. It’s easy to whip up your own string of spooky shapes in just an evening with this quick-make tutorial. String up bats, glitter stars and pom poms to make your own easy Halloween banner using our step by step guide. We’ve even included free DIY Halloween garland printable templates to get you started, along with and easy-to-follow instructions.
While we’ve created this tutorial for makers all ages, it’s also a great kids craft project to get children involved in crafting. For more spooky makes, check out our sister posts: 27 DIY Halloween Decoration ideas, our favourite DIY Halloween costumes or get stitching with our free Halloween cross stitch patterns.
This article was first published in Simply Sewing magazine – the UK best-selling magazine filled with projects for everyone who sews or wants to start.
Halloween garland tutorial
- The seam allowance is 1cm (3⁄8in) unless otherwise stated.
- Download our Free halloween garland templates
- To make the pom poms, you can either use a pom pom maker or head to our How to make a pom pom article
- WS = wrong side
- RS = right side
- This project doesn’t require much actual sewing but if you’d like to learn more, head to our Guide to sewing for beginners to learn the basics
You Will Need
- Felt (Black felt: 40x35cm (12x18in) and Orange felt 20x25cm (12x18in))
- Fabric (Glitter fabric – 35x15cm (12x6in))
- Bondaweb (80x43cm (32x17in))
- Strong thread (3.5m (4yds), for hanging), Or you can use fine ribbon
- Yarn (For the pom poms)
- Pom pom maker, Optional
- Basic sewing kit
- Thread (For sewing your bunting together)
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press the Bondaweb to the WS of the black felt piece. Leave the paper backing attached for now.
Cut this black felt piece into two pieces measuring 20x25cm (12x18in) for the bats, and 35x15cm (12x6in) for the stars. Now carefully peel off the paper backing.
Press the orange felt onto one of the black felt pieces.
Press the glitter felt onto the other black felt piece.
From the orange piece cut three bats using the template.
From the silver glitter piece cut four stars using the template.
Assembling your DIY Halloween bunting
Make pom poms that measure 4cm (15⁄8in) in diameter using the pom pom maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Arrange your bunting shapes and pom poms, spacing them approx 15cm (6in) apart.
Use a large needle to sew alternate shapes onto thread or thin ribbon, working the needle beneath the surface on the WS.
Tie loops at either end of your bunting so you can easily hang it up at home.