If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween project, or want to get a head-start on Christmas decor, this is a great, relatively inexpensive project to decorate your house or give as a gift!
The only things I had to buy for this project were black paint, black glitter (LOVE the Martha Stewart glitter) and some Halloween papers. All the fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. came from my stash. (A lot of the vintage lace and other items are picked up at yard, rummage, and estate sales for practically nothing!)
-medium to large corrugated cardboard box OR roll of corrugated cardstock OR plenty of heavy cardstock and a paper crimper
– tulle (or wide ribbon)
-patterned paper with coordinating stickers or other embellies (The Halloween Kit from SavvynSassy would be GREAT for this project!)
-coordinating lace, trim, and ribbon scraps
-stapler (NOT the mini-stapler….you’ll need a good office stapler) and staples
-Large alphas (I traced large chipboard letters onto cardstock and cut them out, but you could use chipboard, stickers, words printed from the computer, etc)
-scalloped cardstock OR scalloped punch OR deco scissors
-sand paper or distressing tools
-googly eyes 🙂
-embroidery floss and large needle
-circle cutter or something to trace
Step 1 – Prep
A. Prep your cardboard
Tip:I started out with a used cardboard box, and pulled most of the top layer of paper off to reveal the corrgated layer. But it takes a lot of time, so you may want to use a roll of corrugated cardboard or cardstock and a crimper instead. The benefits of using an old box though–it’s cheap and it adds a lot of character, since you can tear off part of the top layer and leave some of it. It results in a very cool vintage/distress look after paint.
B. Trace the pennant pattern onto the box and cut out. Mine was 5 1/2 inches across the top, and 6 3/4 inches on each side. If you want, you could do a circle, square, etc.
C. Cover your workspace with plenty of newspaper for protection
D. Trace and cut out letters if desired.
Step 2 – Paint and Glitter
A. Paint with a generous layer of acrylic paint and allow to dry.
B. While paint is drying, prep your letters. I chose to trace and cut mine out of cardstock, but you can use just about anything. I covered mine with a layer of glue and then covered with silver glitter.
Tip: If you use this method, make sure to put foil or waxed paper under them, so they come up without tearing.
C. When the first layer of paint has dried, apply a thin second layer and make sure that they are fully covered in paint.
D. Working quickly, dust glitter over the entire surface of the wet paint. Make sure you get the glitter on while the paint is still very wet, or it won’t stick.
E. Allow letters and shapes to dry completely.
Tip: Overnight works great!
Step 3 – The fun stuff!
A. Add a scalloped edge to the top of each shape. I punched a border on black cardstock, then cut it off and glued the strip to the back of each shape, with the scalloped edge showing over the top.
B. Embellish to your hearts desire! Here are some ideas I used:
-cut circles from patterned paper to layer your letters on. Distress the edges, then sew for a vintage look
-cut images from pattered paper
-add flowers, buttons, and ribbons along the top of the shape
-search for templates online and create cute creatures from felt to add to your banner (I did a google search for a bat template and got tons of results
C. Add letters to your shapes
D. Add more glitter! I used stickles to embellish my embellishments. Here are some ideas:
-create a spiderweb on your patterned paper
-add glitter to stickers, felt, and other embellies
E. Allow everything to dry.
F. Attach to tulle or wide ribbon for hanging. While you can punch holes and thread the ribbon or tulle through, I found it easier to turn over each piece and attach to the bunched tulle with a stapler. I then covered the staple ends on the front side with a button or other embellishment.
Tip: If, after attaching to the tulle or ribbon, your shapes don’t want to hang flat, try gluing a flat marble to the bottom back of each one to act as a weight.
Using these same techniques, you could also make a single pennant banner! Here are some other completed projects, using the same idea: