October Happiness – My Mantle and an Easy to Make Bunting

Soooo… I know it has been a while since my last post. You know how it is, life just gets in the way of creativity sometimes. But I believe I am making a comeback, and it all starts with my favorite month of all months: October! I love the fall, even though we don’t have much of one here in Southern Ca, and I just love Halloween. It’s the whole fantasy thing – the chance to use your imagination, to dress up in a fun costume, pretend to be whatever you want to be – whether it’s your favorite character or something you’ve created all on your own. It’s so creative! The kids dressing up, getting all excited about candy and the sugar high that follows eating it all..and.. the Halloween decorations — pumpkins and witches and bats and skeletons.. and vampires – I love me some vampires!

My first order of Halloween business is always my mantle. It goes through several iterations each year because I am slightly obsessive about it, but the picture above is my first iteration for this year. My mom has already commented that she doesn’t approve of my son’s baby picture next to the black sparkly skull, but alas – you can’t please everyone!

The bunting was actually made last year and it was so easy to do, I thought I would share the method with you. Even the least craftiest person can pull this one off! I don’t have detailed pictures, but I don’t think you’ll need them! I was going for a shabby chic look, but you can use any paper & any colors you want to match your decor.

Easy Boo Bunting

Easy Boo Bunting

Supplies:

  • Scrapbook Paper of various designs — I used 3 different designs and a sheet of Burlap that was in the scrapbook aisle. Get the large 12×12 sheets.
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Martha Stewart’s Crow Cutouts (I got mine at Michaels)
  • Glitter or Flat cardboard letters — you can buy them in a packet at the craft store, or if you’re crafty and you have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can make them!
  • Sticky dots or glue if the letters are not sticky-back

Directions:

1. Cut out triangles from the scrapbook paper — make them as large or small as you want, there is no rule to how big they need to be. I made mine fairly large, but was able to cut two out of each sheet of scrapbook paper.

2. Use your hole punch to punch holes in each corner of the base of each triangle (the top if it is hanging down). If you decided to go with the burlap, don’t use the hole punch, just use a pen or exacto knife to whittle a hole through each corner without cutting the burlap. It frays and you could lose your hole otherwise…

3. If you use the crows, they come with sticky dots that you can use to adhere them to the paper or burlap; I used a few extra just to make sure they wouldn’t come off.

4. Depending on the letters you use, if they have sticky backs, great! If not just use some sticky dots or glue to stick them on there.

5. Cut your length of ribbon to your mantle, hanging as low as you want to go, and thread it through the flags in the order you want them displayed. If you look at mine closely, I started threading on the underside of each flag so that there is a section of ribbon at the top of each triangle. You can do it the opposite way as well, so that less ribbon shows — it’s up to you.

6. Hang it up!

I Would love to see your pictures if any of you decide to make one of your own — and now that you have the easy method to make a bunting, you can make one for every holiday! 🙂

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