There’s a guy in our neighborhood who goes all out when he decorates for Halloween. I’m talking animatronic skeletons, professional-level pumpkin carving, full house makeover in Halloween décor. Now I’m all about getting into the spirit, but I like to keep things a little more low-key when I get my house spruced up for this particular holiday. This year I was looking for a quick, simple DIY to decorate with, and this garland does just the trick.
- computer and printer
- spray glue
- scrap cardboard
- glitter sealant
- Glue Dots
- embroidery thread
Start by downloading this free template. Print onto cardstock, cut out all of the letters, and set them face-up on your cardboard.
In a well-ventilated area, spray them with glue according to the directions on the aerosol can. If you prefer, you can brush Mod Podge onto the letters rather than using spray glue; it just takes a bit longer.
Once all the letters are sticky, sprinkle them with glitter and pat gently to ensure that the glitter adheres well. Spray a light coat of glitter sealant spray (or gently brush on Mod Podge) to secure the glitter. Allow to dry for at least an hour.
Remove letters from the cardboard and gently shake to remove excess glitter. On a clean piece of cardboard, place the letters face down in reverse order. On the back of each letter, at the top, place a small Glue Dot (you may need two for letters like H or U). Ensure that the letters are the proper distance apart from each other and lay down the embroidery thread, intersecting with each Glue Dot. Cut a small piece of cardstock for each Glue Dot; place it over the top of the thread to sandwich the thread between the cardstock and the dot.
Trim the ends of your embroidery thread and hang somewhere festive! This garland looks pretty great over a doorway, on a mantle, or just about anywhere. Happy Haunting!