October 13, 2012

Sewn Paper Halloween Bunting

I'm sure you're tired of hearing how much I love Halloween and fall; forgive me for indulging too much with my favorite season.  Actually, our wedding anniversary is this weekend (couples massage and fancy dinner, yay!) and I always knew I wanted to marry in the autumn, so October brings with it some special memories.

But I digress.  I do think my groom is weary though of all these Halloween decorations.  As a man who'd love nothing more than to live in a stark white room with a chair and a bed, he got more than he bargained for when he took me as his bride.

Latest on the decor menu is a paper garland/bunting/whatever you call it.  I always have lots of scrap paper, including the innards of old books to use for paper crafting, so I pulled those out and created a bat and skull bunting.
It's sewn together with a sewing machine (have you ever sewn paper? It's quite fun) and took me about a half an hour to make two garlands.
You could probably get away with stapling or taping string or pretty ribbon to the paper to make one too, or even punching holes and weaving in an out.

I started by making the skulls from book pages.  I stacked a few sheets, then cut them in half
and folded them in half.
 Next I rounded the edges to form a skull shape
 and trimmed out a mouth and a nose from an upside down heart.
For the eyes, I folded the paper in half near the eye areas and cut out a circle.
Don't fret if it's not perfect.  Most likely you're a caregiver to young children and you have more important things on your mind than paper skull eyes.

Next, cut out the bats in the same way, kind of like Halloween snowflakes.
Lay out your design however you want.  I did bat, skull, bat, skull, etc.
Then load up your sewing machine with whatever color thread you'd like
and sew a few inches to create a thread to hang it from.
Then start passing your papers through, leaving space in between.  Just keep the needle moving in between depending how much room you want.
They're a bit addicting to make, once you have all the pieces cut out.  I imagine a Cricut machine would make it even easier.

Hang and enjoy! Happy weekend!


  1. What an absolutely adorable garland! Oh, and of course I don't blame you for indulging in Fall and Halloween. It's my favorite season, too, and personally, I think the whole Fall season goes way too fast!

  2. Love it! And I think even I could handle this sewing project... ha!

  3. Making skulls out of book pages is a neat idea. It looks festive!

  4. Ah, this is so neat! I love it. :)

    Natalya, Ruff House Art


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