Got Candy Halloween Banner Tutorial

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*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)


  1. says

    You are up late!! It’s still thursday in my house :)
    Super cute banner and of course I need to enter the giveaway! Hope all is well with you.


  2. says

    I love the super cute banner. I love your blog. You sure give me inspiration. I love to watch to see what you come up with next. THanks for all your wonderful tutorials. I love love love your skirts.

  3. says

    That banner is sooo cute! It would go perfectly with the look I am going for this year, I am loving the vintage/gothic looking black-and-white-with-a-splash-of-orange! (Does that description even make sense?)

  4. says

    I just did a post on my blog! I’m still going through all of your stuff, SOO fun. This is the first time I’ve been here, but it won’t be the last!
    Thanks again.

  5. says

    I love your Halloween banner!
    I’m just now getting into decorating for every holiday- this banner would be awesome to add to my Halloween decor.

  6. says

    I’m so glad that I found this blog. Your Halloween decorations are so well done. I’m enjoying perusing the blog’s archives. You have great content on your blog…and I LOVE your polkadot chair.

  7. says

    I love the banner; it’s so cute! I have been stuck on banners lately. Hopefully making some this weekend. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love the vintage look!

  8. says

    Too precious! I’m having a banner giveaway, too so go over and check it out– it ends tonight at 8:00. You can never have too many banners!

  9. says

    I love your blog! I especially enjoyed your blog about your craft room and emailed the link too a few friends! I can dream and hope to get there!
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. says

    Your mantle looks WONDERFUL! I tried decorating mine, but…let’s just say, I don’t have a decorator’s touch. Thanks for posting instructions for making a banner:o) I’ve always been too chicken to make my own!

  11. says

    My sister just sent me a link to your blog and I must say it is fabulous!! I LOVE Halloween in the worst way, and that banner is too cute to pass up. Thanks. ♥

  12. says

    the halloween banner is great! my 4 yr. old grandson and I are having a family halloween dinner and i showed him the banner. he said, “we should use it on the bar for the party and we should have candy too”. i love your site and look at it all the time. you inspire me with all that you do! thanks for your efforts and for sharing them! Laura

  13. says

    That banner is so cute! I really need to get my Halloween stuff out. I would love to win it, but if not I will definitely be making one. Thanks!

  14. says

    Hi Melis-
    I would have bought this on ETSY!!!! Exactly what I wanted. I am not entering your contest… pass the goods onto those who don’t know you I say. I feel so lucky to call you my friend. LOVE all your talents and skills.

    ps- how do I make crepe paper swirlies for the pumpkins? Just roll them.

    pss- I’m promoting this giveaway on my blog!

  15. says

    that banner is adorable and a looks like a lot of work. I can’t believe you created that with just “stuff” lying around. But then again, we’ve seen your craft room, so it might be believable :-) Love it! thanks for the giveaway.

    ps- still working on your logo!

  16. says

    What a wonderful idea! I LOVE it. Looking at your mantel makes we want to get my Halloween stuff out of the attic and decorate right now. I love your blogs, I even used your skirt tutorial to make my daughter a beautiful twirl skirt! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  17. says

    Aw man, if I could only be SO lucky to have that banner in my hot little hands … it’s gorgeous! Even if it’s supposed to be spooky … I’m still callin’ it gorgeous!

  18. says

    What a beautiful banner! You are one talented lady. I also love the rest of your blog can’t wait to dig around more here and see what other great stuff you have here.

  19. says

    WOW! This is absolutely gorgeous, and so fun!

    I wish I had half the creativity and patience you do — I have absolutely no patience when it comes to anything scrapbook related.

    And, I enjoy keeping up with your blog. Keep ‘em comin!

  20. says

    I recently discovered your blog and love how creative you are. I am definitely inspired to be more creative around our house. I usually dont decorate much for Halloween, but your banner has inspired me to. So- I made a post on my blog linking your giveaway contest. Fun! Fun!

  21. says

    Whooo Hooo, a give away. I have been out of town so I just decorated today and I hope to put your banner with it. It is just too fun. In fact I love your whole mantle.

  22. says

    that banner is SO cute! i dont have a mantle in this home, but I do have a special place in the kitchen where it would look wonderful! you are so inspiring. keep it up :)

  23. says

    Fabulous banner!!! your mantle looked great before but that banner is the icing on the cake – it pulled the whole look together! Glad to hear that you are a fellow cricuteer. You should really consider posting this on their message boards- if you are chosen to be featured in the Chirp (the weekly newsletter) you could win a cartridge. You definitely should enter!!!

  24. 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 :)

  25. 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!

  26. 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,


  27. 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!

  28. 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!!

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. says

    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!

  32. 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!

  33. 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…

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