Monday, October 3, 2016

DIY Halloween Banner

"This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home,
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song"

So my family might have watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas" his weekend because don't you agree that the movie is more of a Halloween movie than a Christmas movie?  My family and I love this time of year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.....and football.  Thoughts of cooler weather and pumpkin treats fill our minds during the month of October.  In the spirit of Halloween, my kids and I made a "Happy Halloween" banner to hang on our mantle.  It is super easy and cheap to make.


Materials Needed:

  1. Black construction paper
  2. Newspaper (with printed words, not pictures and ads)
  3. Black Sharpie
  4. Orange marker
  5. Scissors
  6. Zig zag scissors
  7. Raffia
  8. String
  9. Glue Stick
  10. Ruler
  11. Pencil
  12. One piece of cardstock (any color, this is for the pattern so a regular sheet of paper could be used if cardstock is not available)
  13. Single hole puncher
Directions:
  1. Using a ruler and pencil, measure out a square on the cardstock paper to use for the pattern for the black construction paper (mine measured 2.75in x 2.75in).  Cut out this square using regular straight scissors.
  2. Using a ruler and pencil, measure out a square on the cardstock paper to use for the pattern for the newspaper (mine measured 2.25in x 2.25in).  Cut out this square using regular straight scissors.
  3. Use the cardstock pattern for the black construction paper square to cut out 16 black squares using the zig zag scissors.
  4. Use the cardstock pattern for the newspaper square to cut out 16 newspaper squares using the zig zag scissors.
  5. Use the black Sharpie to write one letter per newspaper square to spell out HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
  6. Use the orange marker and the black marker on the two remaining newspaper squares to draw a pumpkin or jack o' lantern.
  7. Use the glue stick to glue the newspaper squares onto the black construction paper squares (be sure to center the newspaper squares onto the construction paper).
  8. When the glue has dried, punch a hole at the top of each of the 16 squares.
  9. Use raffia to make a loop to tie the squares to the string to make the banner.
  10. Tie loops at each end of the string so that you have a way to "hang" the banner.




Easy, fun craft to do with the kiddos or by yourself.  Happy Halloween!

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