Halloween Garland

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Looking for a cute project to work on with the kids? Look no further! I’ve created a Halloween Garland that is super fun for littles and bigs alike!

What you need:
Felt – both structured and wobbly
Fabric Scissors
Fabric Scraps for Garland
Sewing Machine (Optional)
Fabric Glue (Optional)
Piece of Cardboard
Pipe Cleaners
Crop-o-Dile or Hole Punch
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Cut out a triangle/pennant shape from your cardboard. This will be your template.
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  • Now here comes the fun part – brainstorming. I sat down with my kids and thought about all the things that we see at Halloween and came up with a list.
    Jack-o-lantern
    Bat
    Black Cat
    Spider
    Witch
    Frankenstein
    Ghost
    Dracula
    Werewolf
    Zombie
    Mummy
    Invisible Man
    Chase (this one was Mags…he’s 3 and desperately stuck on being Chase for Halloween so any chance to mention it…)

Then, we got to cutting. You’ll use that stiff felt for the backing so that your pennant has some structure. Then, work it just like an applique and cut out each layer – eyes, mouth, nose, etc. The kids are really good at visualizing this part and turning something typically 3D into a triangle! It also helps to get a pen and paper and kind of draw it out if you’re getting stuck.

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Now, stack all your pieces!DSC_7713

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*Pro Tip – snap a cell phone photo so that if they get mixed up on the way to the sewing room you know how they are supposed to look.

You can either run to the sewing machine and simply sew around the shapes like I did or skip it all together and use the fabric glue. I chose to sew and made it really simple with white thread or black thread. I wasn’t so careful about getting each shape sewn perfectly and I think that added to the charm of the whole project. If your kids are beginner sewists, this is a great little project to get them sewing around shapes.

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If you did the sewing and the kids are still interested, hand them some scissors and let them cut the threads.
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Now cut some strips of fabric and punch a hole in either of the top corners of your pennants. Feed the fabric strip through the front left hole so that the fabric goes across the back and back through the right hole.

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My strips were shorter so I had to tie a few pieces together. Be sure to eyeball your pieces to make sure they are kind of even (especially if you are tying pieces together).

Now – hang up your garland!

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See the Invisible Man? 🙂

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They work great on the door too!

Now wasn’t that easy? Happy Halloween y’all!

xoxo
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