Got Candy Halloween Banner Tutorial

*giveaway is closed*

Remember how I told you my fireplace mantle was still missing “something”? Well I decided to take a sewing break this week and make a banner for it. (I have to take a sewing break every once and a while or I burn out, I learned this the hard way a couple of years ago).

Oh, my it has not stopped raining around here! I was waiting for a sunny day to take photos of the banner, but it is not going to happen! So I did my best with the light I had. I wanted to get the giveaway up today… if the light improves, I’ll change out the photos, just know there is LOTS of glitter that is not very sparkly in the photos.

I’m really happy with how it turned out and even more happy that I used stuff that I already had in my stash.

Guess what?….
I made more than ONE!!!

So I thought I’d do a giveaway here! If you’d like to win this Halloween banner you can enter 2 ways.

1- Leave a comment on this post. It can be anything you want, a comment, a question for me, an observation- but if it’s not nice.. it might not stay there :-)

2- Mention &; link back to this giveaway on your blog. – it’ okay to post a photo-  If you do this, leave a SEPERATE comment on this post and let me know that you did (plus I’d love to see your blog!). This will give you a second entry.

I’m closing the contest next Tuesday, October 13th at Midnight Eastern time.  I’m headed out of town week after next and want to get this baby mailed off before I leave!

I’ll draw a winner via random integer generator next week, from the comments.

Now, if you are thinking you’d like to make your own Halloween banner, it’s pretty simple. Just gather a bunch of black and white paper, ink the edges with walnut ink to give them an “old” look, use LOTS of black and orange glitter, and raid your scrapbook stash for any Halloween themed embellishment you have. Most of my supplies came from Jenni Bowlin, Martha Stewart & Making Memories. The letters were cut with my cricut, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret, you can buy pre made chip board letters that would be perfect.

The hardest part is getting the triangles that make up the banner.  So here’s a little “how to” (not quite detailed enough for a tutorial, so I’ll call it a how-to)…

For the Black bases you will want to cut your cardstock to 6×9 (using white for demonstration purposes, since the black is too hard to photograph)

*sorry, need a better lens for close up work it’s a bit out of focus*

find the center of the short side (the 6″ side)

cut from the outside corner to the center.

repeat for the other side.

You have your triangle.

For the pattern paper pieces you want a slightly smaller triangle, cut those pieces 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4 “.  Repeat the above steps.  On the pattern paper pieces I made 1 template then traced it on my pattern paper. That way I made sure I got the section of the pattern paper that I wanted to use on each banner piece.

One last tip. I used eyelets in the corners of my banner, that way when I strung my ribbon though it would not tear the paper.

Have fun and enter away! (oh, if Halloween isn’t your thing, I’ll be doing another giveaway next month, watch for that one)

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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  1. says

    gotta try at least!!! don’t know if I will get around to posting it on mine too–just got back in town to sick kids. a happy surprise would be fun this week :)

  2. says

    Love the banner! It is so cute! I love seeing what you come up with! You have always amazed me with your creativity. Just wish you were closer so you could still help me with mine!

  3. says

    Simply adorable! I love it and how you showed us how to make it.

    I also love the bingo card between the words.

    You did a fantastic job and I would LOVE to win me one of these beauties.

    I have the perfect mantle just waiting to hang it on.

    Fall Hugs,


  4. says

    I love it! I just found your blog and everything looks so cute. I am so excited to explore your blog more and get so much fun ideas and items. Thank you for sharing your talent!

  5. says

    This banner is AMAZING!!! I absolutely love it and love that it’s not the standard “Happy Halloween” saying. Every little detail is fabulous – I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your posting on the Cricut MB. Whoever wins this will be one lucky duck!!

  6. says

    Honestly Melissa! True talent lady. I always love browsing through your stuff. It makes me happy. You are always so sweet to post directions too. I would love to win this, but am happy that if I don’t I have directions. Thanks!

  7. says

    Love the entire blog, but would love the banner to give to my daughter who absolutely loves banners like this. She make a Thanksgiving one for me and I would love to reciprocate. Thanks for all of the great ideas!

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    Oh bummer- I think I just missed the deadline. :( I meant to enter your giveaway last week and forgot. It’s soooooo cute!!! I’d love to have one (without making my own- I’m a little crafted out after our Craftapalooza tonight). Have a great trip!

  11. says

    ok- you don’t even know me- Iam Lacey Williams SIL. But I happened to be looking at this- and realized I am an hour away- (arizona time) from the deadline…. I LOVE that banner- and who knows… maybe I could win?? anyways- I am sure you are awesome if you are friends with Lacey. I love Lacey!

  12. says

    I know the contest is closed but I just wanted to say I love the banner. Just started one and got “crafter’s block”. Looking for ideas…

  13. Maggie Long says

    I am a grandma of 4 at 56 and have crafted/sewed for years but never done any banners. Love them! But just haven’t gotten to learn how yet. Plus, my sewing machine of 30 + years on this last move in 2013, the bobbin rewind bent and won’t work. So I’ve limited my use to what I already have.
    Please, please…let me have the chance to have this grace my mantle this year and now that I’ve found your site…how do I make them???
    Grandma Meme……Maggie long

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