This year, my four year old Don is SUPER into decorating for Halloween. He’s been drawing on the paper roll from his play room and taping it all over the house. He’ll say “that’s a coffin, that’s a ghost.” It’s adorable! Since I knew how much he’d love it, I decided to make a DIY Halloween garland with him!
I’ve recently got a new Cricut and now I have SO many ideas on how to use it! This project was so easy and fun with it!
Start by gathering your supplies!
- Card stock. I got 11 pages in pastel rainbow colors from Brazzill paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Command Hooks
A garland is ALL about the items you hang. I thought I’d do one graphic and repeat it (like a bunch of bats), but when I showed my son the options, he wanted all of them. And why not?! There’s so many fun Halloween icons, might as well incorporate them! I did a monster, witch hat, ghost, pumpkin, grave, moon, spider, cat, skeleton, bat and haunted house.
For these, I made them 3.5″ tall. I printed 3 of each to make 3 garlands.
I’d do the computer side and Don would push the buttons and pull the shapes off the matte. It was honestly so fun and easy!
For a super easy tutorial for how to use an image you find and upload it to the Cricut to cut it, go to this post of mine. If you want these images, leave a comment and I can upload them for a fee download if anyone wants them. Cricut’s are extremely overwhelming to get started with, but once you do your first few projects, it’s smooth sailing!
Next, after your shapes are cut out, hot glue them to twine. I glued the back side of the paper to the twine (the front has nice texture). I didn’t think about the fact that if I went from pink to blue and glued them on backward, all of my garlands would be backwards when hung. AKA, the garland goes from blue to pink when hanging. So go backyards with your colors if you do the same as me.
And now it’s time to hang the garland! To do this, I put up Command Hooks. I used to hang my garlands with tape and then they’d fall down a day or two later. These’ll stay up and the pack is super affordable!
I hung up the first garland in my kitchen because I thought it’d be cute with my new rainbow painted fridge– lol!
The next garland went upstairs with my rainbow shelves and DIY printable fall art (again, in pastel tones).
The last one is hanging over my rainbow stairs. It might hit my husband on the head (I’m going to have to move the hooks so it’s not so low), but I love it!
How’s that for a fun and easy DIY?! You can do this project in any project (all oranges, a combo of orange, black and white) and it’d be cute! What color would you make it in?
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