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How to Create an Easy Halloween Banner

I’ve never been a huge Halloween person.  For some reason it always seems to sneak up on me or I’ve felt I didn’t need to participate as a grown up. This year with my daughter being a little older and excited about her costume and trick-or-treating, Halloween is starting to seem a lot more fun to me.  However, because I haven’t prepared for it in years past I don’t have many Halloween decorations.

I wanted to add a little more Halloween spirit to our house, so I decided to just make something myself.  DIYing party decor typically doesn’t take as long as I think it will, it’s usually cheaper, and I almost always already have everything on hand.  I decided to make a banner, because I love a good banner.  I hung it over our fireplace to fill the space where we eventually will be getting a mantle.

See the step by step instructions below for making one yourself, and just in time for Halloween.  Or any other occasion!

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.You will only need five supplies to make this kind of a banner.  Twine, orange paper, black spray paint, clothes pins, and a black marker or sharpie.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Step 1: Spray Clothes Pins with Spray Paint

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Such a simple idea, I’m kind of mad at myself for not having done this sooner.  Clothes pins can be so versatile, especially for party decor.  Use them for banners, wreaths, signs, seating cards, place cards, food labels.  So many ways to use them that there might be a blog post dedicated to just that.

Their wood material makes it quick to give them a little spray and be easily covered in paint.  I’m already thinking about the endless options of clothes pins I’m now going to have.  Gold, pink, navy, a rainbow of colors!!

Step 2: Write out your banner sign

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Throw out all of your feelings of perfection with this step.  We’re going for fast and done before Halloween.  Just use some orange paper and a sharpie to write out your banner message.  Once the letters are done, cut them out.  Try using different colored paper or mixing up your message.  “Happy Halloween” or “Boo” are great options.  The “Boo” banner would work great in a small space like a door.

I didn’t even take the time to fill in the letters I made, or make sure they’re evenly sized, and I didn’t cut them out the same way either.  Perfection out the window!  But my banner is done and hanging up!

Step 3: Hang the Banner and Clip the Letters Up

Once the clothes pins are dry, they only take a few minutes, and the letters are made, tape or tie up the banner twine.  Then use the clothes pins to pin up your banner letters.  Done!  That’s it!  Super fast and easy Halloween banner.

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.How’s that for one of the fastest DIYs ever?  This method would work great for so many holidays, celebrations, or events.  I can see using this same method to hang Christmas cards during the holidays.  Anyone have gold glittery paint I can use for my clothes pins?

Click here to see how to make a really easy Halloween banner in time for trick-or-treaters.I hope you have a Happy Halloween, and now you can decorate for the candy filled night!  What are your thoughts on Halloween?  Too old for it?  Or do you go all out and dress up with your kids?

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One Bar Cart Two Ways: Halloween Themed

Today is the second part of a series on themed bar carts.  Earlier this week I showed you a Fall Bar Cart and today I’m getting spooky and dressing my bar cart up for Halloween.  Don’t be scared, it’s not too spooky.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!As you can see, all I did to turn my Fall Bart Cart into a Halloween Bar Cart  was just change out a few accessories.  Instead of fall colors of gold, orange, and red, I went with a black, white, and gold theme.  Again, I used some wrapping paper for a backdrop.  Wrapping paper is just so versatile, and my favorite places to pick some up are Hobby Lobby and Marshall’s.

Hobby Lobby has a pretty large selection and with a 40% off coupon, it’s very reasonably priced.  Marshall’s (or TJMaxx) always has fun patterns and designs and usually for around $2.99 a roll.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!Instead of copper mugs and Moscow mules, try a stronger cocktail for Halloween.  Adding these skull ice molds really makes your drink on theme.  I purchased the skull banner at Marshall’s and just knew it would look perfect for this display.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!On the bottom shelf of my bar cart I added our candy bowl, pre-candy filling.  Let’s be honest, once the candy is in the bowl, it might not make it to the trick-or-treaters.  If you have a problem keeping your hands out of the candy bowl, then my tip is to buy a candy that you don’t like.  Hopefully it will keep you from snagging a piece here and there.

I also got these little tins at the Target dollar spot.  I have several of these tins in a variety of holiday themes.  They are pretty versatile, so I knew I’d be able to use them somehow.  I would totally use them for drink garnishes, like lemons, limes, and herbs for this Halloween drink station.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I also added a few Halloween accessories that came in our Boo Basket, like this witch sign.  Have you heard of Boo Baskets?  Our neighborhood is doing them like crazy.  It’s where one person puts a Halloween basket together with a fun note and leaves it on the porch of a neighbor with instructions to spread the boo’s to two more neighbors.  Then those neighbors do it and so on and so on.  Typically a sign is included to post on your front door or window so everyone can see whether or not you got boo-ed.  It’s fun to walk through the neighborhood and see how the boo’s have spread.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!I love the idea of putting the bar cart on your front porch on Halloween and passing out drinks along with your candy.  I’m sure adults will love a stiff drink on Halloween, but even passing out bottled water, juice boxes, or cups of punch is a great idea.  Just be sure to check with your local laws on distributing alcohol as it may be illegal to do from your front porch.

Turn your bar cart into a spooky drink station this Halloween with a few of these tips. Click through to see!That wraps up this week’s bar cart series.  One bar cart for fall and one for Halloween.  A great idea would be to start with the Halloween bar cart then transition it to the fall bar cart.  That way you could serve Thanksgiving cocktails straight from your fall bar cart.  There’s just so many ways and events a bar cart comes in handy!  Which did you like best?

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