I'm not a big seasonal decorator. Apart from Christmas, the only time the mantel changes is for Halloween. Knowing that I'm going to be about 4 weeks out from giving birth at that point in October, I'm getting a head start on the DIY portion of my spooky decor.
This year I decided to make a Halloween Mantel Scarf. It's super easy to make and cheap too. I picked up scrap material on clearance at JoAnns and I already had black ribbon.
I also made some Halloween chalkboard art, printed them up and framed them:
Here's what you'll need for the mantel scarf:
- Halloween themed material
- Black ribbon
- Black thread & needle or no sew tape
- Create a template using some cardstock or cardboard. I drew a triangle using a ruler then folded it over so the second part of the shape matched identically. Alternatively, there are plenty of pennant templates online that you could use.
- Draw outline of template on the fabric (I used chalk). Cut out as many shapes as you want. I ended up using 10 but you might need more or less depending on the width of your mantel.
- Cut two lengths of ribbon slightly longer than the width of your mantel.
- This is where you need to be creative. The pennants should be arranged in a way that you find pleasing. You want to layer them, so that's why you need two lengths of ribbon. Some pennants on the back, some on the front, etc.
- Seal the pennants closed by either sewing them (inside out, then turn them right way around. Leave a gap at the top to thread the ribbon through) or just hand them over the ribbon and seal with no-sew tape. I actually chose to both sew and use the no-sew tape because of how these different methods look. The sewed version are more voluminous and billowy whereas the no-sew ones are completely flat. The variety helps to add texture to the finished mantel scarf.
- Attach to your mantel and enjoy!
Be sure to check in on Monday when I'll also be providing free downloads to the chalkboard art printables that I made!