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How to Make a Happy Halloween Banner Decoration

See step by step how to make a Happy Halloween banner vintage style decoration to hang up in your home this Fall season. Making your own banners is easy and you can have a lot of fun making up this Gothic antique style wall decoration.

The 14 free printable images to make this banner include creepy black birds, owls, skulls, skeleton keys and other illustrations. You can use these to quickly make a very striking cream and black banner. Add on some glitter lettering and ribbon to make the design really pop.

If you are unable to print out images, I also give ideas on how to make your own for this piece of hanging wall decor. So you can still enjoy the DIY craft tutorial either way. Use it for your Fall crafting inspiration. It's never too early to start decorating for the best time of the year.



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Make Your Own DIY Happy Halloween Banner with this Easy Vintage Style Paper Craft

How to make a happy halloween banner decoration

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I prefer to make all my own decorations for occasions such as Halloween. Paper crafts are pretty easy to create as well as being very inexpensive too. You will see how to make this simple but effective antique style wall decoration with the photo tutorial below. I've provided all the images that I used for this craft so you can just print them out and make something very similar in no time at all.

What You Need for this Handmade Happy Halloween Banner

  • Twine or thin cord for hanging
  • 14 sheets of black card or paper
  • 7 sheets of solid white paper or card to print on
  • Glitter letter stickers, optional
  • Grosgrain ribbon for decoration, optional
  • Glue or adhesive
  • Paper punch
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Printer and free printables or create your own pictures

1: Print out all the Free Halloween Banner Images

homemade happy halloween banner craft

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Print out all the free images you need for your free printable Halloween banner here

I made it really easy for you by sizing every themed image with two on each sheet. They are ready to print off and use straightaway. Alternatively, you can of course use your own pictures and designs including decorative Halloween scrapbook paper and rubber stamped images.


There are 14 different images all of which have an antiqued or vintage style background to them. You can use all of the supplied images or repeat the ones you like the best. You may want to use some different text instead of the Happy Halloween wording to make a longer or shorter banner as you wish.

Print out the images that you want to use onto plain white paper or card and cut them out.

2: Mount up the Images on to Black Card

Mount up the free Halloween images. I used a thin border of bright pink and then black card for contrast.

Mount up the free Halloween images. I used a thin border of bright pink and then black card for contrast.

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Each image is approx 4 x 5.5 inches when printed although this may vary slightly depending on your own home printer. I mounted each one up first onto a piece of pink pearl paper. This gave a very thin and bright border since I was going for a pink, orange and black color scheme. You can choose a different color or skip that part entirely.

Cut out 14 rectangular pieces of black card each around 5 x 8 inches in size. I measure out the first one and then used this as a template to draw around quickly make the rest. Before you go ahead and cut all 24 pieces, or however many you need for your banner, check that your images will leave enough room when stuck on for the glitter letters which need to go across the bottom of each flag section.


I used a thick black card to mount the images onto. Another good option is craft foam and you can get sheets of craft foam very inexpensively. You'll need plenty of black card or craft foam. You need 14 sheets to spell out Happy Halloween although you can use alternative wording like Boo which you'd only need 3 sheets for.

3: 3D Foam Squares Can Add Some Dimension to the Design

Adding some dimension to your banner, instead of it being flat, will make it stand out more when it is hanging up on a wall.

Adding some dimension to your banner, instead of it being flat, will make it stand out more when it is hanging up on a wall.

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I used 3D foam squares to stick down the pictures onto each piece of black card. Adding the foam squares stops the finished design from looking all flat. It also makes the images stand out a bit more when you view them. If you are happy with a flat design then use a regular adhesive instead.

Note how I've stuck the images near the top of the black rectangle in order to leave enough space for the glitter lettering to go below and spell out the wording I want to use.

4: Spell Out Your Banner Text with Glitter Letter Stickers

There is just enough room at the bottom of each flag section to add in the pink glitter letter stickers for spelling out Happy Halloween.

There is just enough room at the bottom of each flag section to add in the pink glitter letter stickers for spelling out Happy Halloween.

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Add on your glitter lettering across the bottom of each image to spell out the Happy Halloween wording or whatever phrase you want to use. Glitter letter stickers in a bright shade, silver or gold will stand out well against the black card. Stickers are ideal to neatly spell out your wording across the banner although you could use a stencil, letter cut outs or rubber stamp lettering.

5: String your Banner on to Twine or Cord and Hang Up

Mount the individual banner pieces on to twine or cord. I knotted on some decorative ribbon to add some extra detail to the finished design.

Mount the individual banner pieces on to twine or cord. I knotted on some decorative ribbon to add some extra detail to the finished design.

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Once the individual parts or flags of the banner are made, you'll need a long length of twine or thin cord to thread them onto. Punch a hole in each corner of the banner sections. Make sure to string them in wording order on to twine or thin cord for hanging up. I don't try to space the individual pieces out until I've hung mine across the wall. Once hung, I adjust each part until it is where I want each section to be.

For optional decoration, cut off small pieces of your colored ribbon and tie them on the twine or through the punched holes. This adds a lot of cuteness to the completed design. Ribbon cut-offs can make the whole thing pop. I love to use grosgrain ribbons which add some nice texture into projects. Black and orange are ideal colors for this project. You could add some purple too for the traditional colors of this time of year.

If you don't have a printer to create the free Happy Halloween banner printable designs for this project, you could alternatively use some suitably patterned scrapbook paper or wrap cut down into same sized rectangles. Or you can use a large Halloween themed rubber stamp. Try printing with black ink over a cream colored card or over some newsprint for great effect.

I really love to use crow and raven imagery for Halloween because these large black birds can look very creepy. Look for a large sized rubber stamp with an image you love that can be printed over and over for making your banner and also for other items too such as stationery, DIY mini wall art and hanging decorations around the home.

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