Boo-tiful Decorations

Halloween Mantle

I know Halloween isn’t a traditionally garland-laden season but for some reason we’ve been feeling garland-y around here. The first one is on the mantle in the family room and is from mailorder #4 from Amy. I want to try to make a stiff spider web from black crochet thread to put behind that little Boo! hanging down there on the right. Any ideas?

Halloween in the Front Hall

Garland #2 was made with Katie. She helped me stamp all those little guys on white paper and punch out the scallop-y colored things to put them on. We added googley eyes to the ones that had eyes that seemed big enough. I cut around the stamped images — a circle punch would make this much easier — and then we glued them onto the colored scallop pieces. Both this garland and the first one are strung together on black crochet thread. The individual pieces are just taped to the thread.

Halloween Garland - Closeup

The last garland is the best, if you ask me. I love how cute this turned out. Really, really, love it. I just drew the pumpkin, star, and bat freehand. The spider is a circle. You are welcome to print and use my pattern pieces. The pumpkin, star, and bat were made by pinning the pattern to two pieces of felt and then sewing around the pattern with the machine, you could do this by hand too. Then you cut around your stitches trying to keep the allowance even. For the pumpkin I just stuck a little piece of brown felt between the two layers of orange where I wanted the stem to be before I started sewing. Make the stem longer than you think — you can always trim it later, just don’t trim it off when you’re trimming around the pumpkin shape. The ribs on the pumpkin were sewn on the machine too.

Felt and Yo-Yo Halloween Garland

The spider is made in a similar fashion. Put a black piece of felt and whatever you want his underside to be made of — ours has a purple check underside — right sides together with the circle pattern on top. Cut eight black pieces for legs — once again longer than you think — and put them in between the layers with the legs extending into the middle. The felt pieces stick to each other so this helps keep the legs where you want them. Then, starting near a leg, sew around the circle making sure you catch all eight legs and leaving a small space to turn the spider right side out. I stuffed him with a little polyfil and then machine-sewed around the whole thing to secure the hole shut.

Halloween Garland - Spider Detail

The yo-yos were made using a circle slightly bigger than the spider pattern. If you wanted your garland to be longer you could make bigger yo-yos — trace a cd or a bowl for a pattern –or just more yo-yos. My garland has 16, four each of four fabrics. To hang it I just attached a tab from a soda can to each end a-la Calamity Kim. The spider is hanging off the tab on the star. If you make one let me know so I can check it out! We already have a Thanksgiving garland in the works too. We’ll share that in the beginning of November.

Halloween Garland - Closeup


9 Responses to “Boo-tiful Decorations”

  1. 1 twiddletails October 21, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    What fun! There is absolutely nothing Halloween-y going on around here.

  2. 3 JoAnna October 22, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Ooooh, I like your decorations, and why not have garlands all year long? Your new banner is really pretty too!

  3. 4 Jennifer October 22, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Your Hallowen decorations are wonderful! We will definitely have to make the yo-yo garland. Here are some ideas for webs (I wasn’t sure if you crocheted)

    Also, I bet you could get some Stiffy stabilizer and dip the thread, then layout in a web shape on parchment or wax paper until dry.

  4. 5 amandajean October 22, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    I love it…we have been feeling garland-y around here. 🙂 I want to make some leaf garland now that I have a fire place, but we will see if I actually get to that this year or not.
    all your garlands are cute. I bet the kids love them.

  5. 6 Thimbleanna October 23, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Ohhh, how cute! I love yo-yo garlands. Love your copycat sweater too!

  6. 7 cathicrafts October 24, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Love the decorations, especially the garlands! Can I ask you where you got the Halloween Sampler stitchery…looks very cute!!

  7. 8 sansku :) January 27, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I was wondering were you found the patterns for your Halloween garland (the one with googley eyes) #2?

    sansku 🙂
    maxx at telusplanet dot net

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