How to Make a Halloween Bunting (Quick and Cheap!)

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How to Make a Halloween Bunting (Quick and Cheap!)

Want to make a Halloween bunting to decorate your house or classroom? Here's one that's quick and cheap to make, plus it uses materials you probably already have on hand: construction paper, wax paper, and tape.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

Maia and I worked on the Halloween bunting together (or at least we started out working together). We got out the pile of colored construction paper, picked out the black pieces, and started cutting Halloween shapes.

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At first we folded black paper in half and talked about symmetry while we cut out bats and spiders. Even each of the letters in our BOO! word are symmetrical, although I didn't use folded over paper to cut them out.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

Maia cut out one bat, and then moved on to making me a Halloween purse out of orange and black paper. 

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

Quite the fashion statement, don't you think?

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

And she spent the rest of the time telling jokes, cracking herself up, and goofing around.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

And while she told me knock knock jokes, I continued working on the Halloween bunting…

I put the construction paper bats, spiders, and our BOO word in between the two layers of a folded over piece of wax paper to make the bunting sandwich (Mmm… yum…). And then I ironed it to melt the wax in the wax paper and fuse the layers together. I'm sure you have a proper ironing board rather than a makeshift set up like this, so you can ignore the towel. You do need to place your wax paper bunting sandwich between two sheets of newsprint or other paper while you iron, though (so you don't get wax on your iron).

This is the same technique we used for our autumn leaf bunting, by the way, and was inspired by that one.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

Once the layers were fused, I cut out the bunting flags around each of the individual letters and Halloween shapes. I was planning to cut triangles, but when I got down to it, I decided these rounded shapes might work better this time.

I arranged the bunting pieces in the order I wanted and… looked for some ribbon. Alas there was no ribbon to be found in the house, so I thought I'd give tape a try. This is our black masking tape which I just ran along the top of the bunting pieces.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

And then I carried the whole thing over to the wall and stuck it directly on the wall. Super simple! And this tape pulls off easily when it's time to remove it.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

Maia checked out the bunting and then did various goofy poses that she asked me to photograph.

How to Make a Halloween Bunting

We had a few extra bunting pieces and hung them in the window. I especially love how these look with the light shining through the wax paper!

So there you have it. An easy DIY Halloween bunting that you can make quickly and cheaply. Time to start decorating for Halloween!

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  1. Dena says

    Another great idea! Thanks Jean. I did the bat bunting, and since I don’t sew (yet! I have a machine all ready and waiting), I punctured holes and just tied twine through each end to string it up. I love how simple they are. This bunting will go great in our picture window……..and we are cutting spider webs from the big huge coffee filters today!

  2. Maria says

    I love it! I definitely want to do this, and it’s great timing because just today Phebe said “let’s decorate our house for Halloween this year. I’m bored with our halloweens”.