Paper Crave Halloween Freebies : Halloween Garland Two Ways

10.21.2008 23 Comments
Halloween Freebies
Halloween Garland

Materials needed for this project:
Garland Templates or Silhouettes (links below)
A Printer
Xacto Knife (optional)
A Needle and Thread

Thoughts of creating a Halloween garland were swirling in my mind for months, and this is the result of my experimentation. The garland is made of four spooky cute illustrations, and the one pictured was created the first way, which involves cutting templates, tracing them onto black cardstock, and cutting the shapes out with scissors and an Xacto.

However, I got to thinking that not everyone may have the time to make the garland this way, as it is somewhat more time intensive. I also thought that it may be more difficult for young children to take part in cutting out the shapes if you made the garland using templates. With these things in mind, I made a second version of the garland. Just print the silhouettes onto cardstock or heavy paper and cut on the dotted lines. Thread the shapes onto your choice of hanging material, and you’re good to go!

These spooky silhouettes can also be used as gift tags or hang tags, treat bag decorations or, if you have a white or metallic paint pen, you can make them into name tags.

Halloween Garland

This is a shot of the threading process. I used black sewing thread and a needle and sewed up through the right side of the shape, sewing a second hole down through the left of the shape, and coming out the left side. This allowed me to slide the shapes over to the right as I threaded them onto the garland. The two hole “technique” allows for easy re-positioning, but it holds the shapes in place nicely, too. After all of the shapes are threaded, hang your garland on a wall or wherever, and enjoy!

Download the outlines here: Halloween Garland Template Outlines (PDF 16Kb)
Download the silhouettes here: Halloween Garland Silhouette Cutouts (PDF 15Kb)

Halloween Garland

Preview of the silhouettes, shown at about 60% of their original size.

images from Paper Crave

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23 Responses to “Paper Crave Halloween Freebies : Halloween Garland Two Ways”

  1. Hello,

    These Halloween silhouettes are great!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  2. Mangolyne says:

    Wouuu ! I love them ! For sure I’m gonna do one for my office :-)

  3. Kira says:

    Sooooo cute! I love love love them and can’t wait to put up our own garland…thanks for sharing!

  4. kristen says:

    Thanks so much, Gabriela, Mangolyne, and Kira! I’m happy that you like them. :)

  5. Rachel says:

    I *LOVE* this! It’s the best banner I’ve seen all year!!! I’ll be linking to this!

  6. kristen says:

    Aww, thanks Rachel!

  7. Bel says:

    Love your Halloween garland, got this link via Folding Trees. Thanks for sharing :D

  8. Tiffany E says:

    This is so cute & simple! I am so excited to make this!

  9. These are amazing!!! the little characters are so cute! This is my task for tomorrow for sure!

  10. Hachiko says:

    Nyaaappi! So cute) Thank you!

  11. natalie says:

    I absolutely love these. I was looking for something simple and sweet for my child’s halloween class party this year and these really hit the mark. I pasted the silhouettes onto multiple sheets of card stock (using clothes pegs to hold all the layers in place) and cut through them. I also used a circle punch for the eyes (one was a craft circle punch and the other was a regular single hole punch). This was much less time consuming for me and I was able to finish 13 trick or treat bag (with three characters each) in a few hours. I also added my own characters to add more variety. I will send you some pics once I’ve finished filling them. Thanks for such a great site!

  12. Jenn says:

    These are fabulous! I made them the other day, you can see them here

  13. Laurel says:

    These are great. I cut them out with my cricut and made a bunch for our party. Thanks for making them.

  14. Virginie says:

    Thank you. I love the garland !!!
    Shared it on my blog today and linked back to you

  15. nightowl_72 says:

    Brilliant. Thank you so much for the download :)

  16. silviya says:

    They are so cute ! I will try them Thank you.

  17. Heather says:

    Found this on pinterest and made them with my kids this weekend. We dazzled them up with some glitter and paint. Great project. Thanks.

  18. Aliselle says:

    Merciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!…. J’adore!….

  19. Damaris says:

    Thanks! That was such a fun fall break activity for my kids!

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