How to Make a Halloween Boo Garland with Free Clip-Art Letters (Tutorial)

Halloween Boo Garland With Free Clip-Art Letters

Adorable crafty banners are everywhere this Halloween, draped across mantles, skirting tables and strung across fences. Instead of purchasing letters or fiddling with tracing around water glasses, I created letters with circle templates on the computer. They worked so well, I decided to post them here for everyone to use. Now you, too, can easily print, cut, and tape your way to a fun or spooky Halloween message in about an hour.

Supplies

Paper Banner

All you need, besides a computer, printer and my downloadable letters is:
A. Scalloped scissors (optional)
B. Regular scissors
C. Hole punch (preferably a rectangular punch)
D. Double-sided tape
E. Medium ric-rack long enough to hold all of the letters in your message
F. Heavy black and white paper (preferably card stock)

Download and Unpack The Letters
Before you begin, you will need the letter templates I’ve created. To download, right click the link below and select “Save Target As…” and save the file on your computer. Make sure you remember where you save it.

Letter Templates (.ZIP)

Once you have saved the file on your computer, open it up and copy all of the letters from inside the file to a file folder on your computer. There is one file for every letter and symbol.

Select Letters
Now you will need to create a word processing file with the letters you need. Open a word processing program such as Microsoft Word and create a new document. In that document, insert a copy of each letter you need. In Microsoft Word, you would do this by clicking Insert -> Picture -> From File and selecting the letter file you need. Include a copy of every single letter needed. For example, if you are creating a banner that says “BOO” you will need one “B” and TWO “O” templates. To get the most letters on a page, you will need to set your margins to the smallest possible setting. How small will depend on your printer. I could set mine to .15″, which allowed me to have two letters side-by-side on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper.

Paper Banner

Print
Print the letters on a heavy paper or cardstock, then cut into manageable sizes.

Paper Banner

Construction

1. Cut around one of the letters with regular scissors.

Paper Banner

2. Use this to trace onto the back of the black paper. Make a circle tracing for each letter in your banner.

Paper Banner

3. Cut out the black background circles with the scalloped scissors if you have them. If you don’t, plain round circles cut with regular scissors will work as well. Cut a little wider than the traced line to make the border.

Paper Banner

4. Cut the letter circles out with scalloped scissors, if available, or regular scissors if not. Cut slightly inside the line so that none of the line will remain on the circle.

Paper Banner

5. Place two or three peices of double-sided tape on the back of each of the letter circles…

Paper Banner

6. Stick each white letter circle to the front of each of the black circles, taking care to center the letter circle to make an even border.

Paper Banner

7. Next you will need the hole punch. Your banner will hang straighter if the ric-rack stays flat when threaded through these holes, so if you have one available, use a small rectangular punch that’s slightly larger than the size of the ric-rack. Punch two holes at the top of the letter with a small space in between.

Paper Banner

Paper Banner

Paper Banner

8. Thread the ric-rack through the two holes.

Paper Banner

Paper Banner

9. Voila! One letter threaded. Now thread the rest and you’ll have a charming, crafty banner for your Halloween decorating!

Paper Banner

Let me know if you try this or if you have any questions about using the letters. I hope you enjoy it! And while you’re here, check out my other Pumpkin Carving Design Ideas.

~Angela :-)

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Comments

  1. Now that was terrific! Thank you for sharing this with us. You make it look so easy!

  2. Oh! Last year’s “Boo” banner is on our porch where it did not fare so well. The lettering has come unglued from its backside and I must now go attempt to reattach curling cutouts! Flapping letters aren’t that scary!
    Happy Halloween!! :D

  3. Very cute! I used a similar template from allsorts for my Boo! banner. Theres a photo on my blog if you’d like to take a look. Love the ric-rack!

  4. I love this banner. I swear I’m going to do little holiday touches like this in the near future. It looks great. I especially love the graphic look that the black and white give to it.

  5. Thanks for sharing this adorable banner!! happy be-lated Halloween-Love your blog!

  6. Fantastic! You are too generous. I know I’m too late for this Halloween but I’m sure I can find a use for these before next October!

  7. Adorable!!! I love your blog!

  8. Gorgeous Halloween stuff, wish I had found you earlier!

  9. Gorgeous Halloween stuff, wish I had found you earlier!

  10. yolanda elizabet says:

    Great idea and great explanations on how to go about making your own Halloween banners. Now there’s only 1 problem left; we don’t celebrate Halloween in my country. ;-)

  11. kari and kijsa says:

    So glad we found your blog….your tutorials are FABULOUS….love the banner and all your pumpkins!
    smiles, kari and kijsa

  12. Adorable! Love it!
    xo,
    Kim

  13. This os so generous of you…to take the time to do all of that??!! I am going to do this and put it away as a surprise for myself next Halloween.
    Thanks Angela!!
    Linda

  14. Mary Smither says:

    I really did enjoy everything! Thank you so much!

  15. Betsy Jorgensen says:

    Hi Angela,
    I happened by your website “Cottage Magpie” and love it! It’s charming and wonderful. I am so glad I was searching for “holiday craft ideas” on Google or I might not have seen it.
    I got away from decorating and crafting this summer, only to decide to make chocolate treat gift baskets for Christmas that seemed to have went over well with my recipients. I was so happy that now I am just chomping at the bit for more holiday crafting ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since I am getting back into decorating as well, I love your site for the ideas and it’s a beautiful site as well, very well done. I live in a trailer, not a big home, but it’s still home so I want it to look nice, cozy, stylish and me. This is helpful.
    Thank you for your great website, I have put it in my favorites so I can visit often.
    Betsy Jorgensen
    Marshall, WI

  16. Michele says:

    Thank you for posting these really great directions with such close up photos. I’ll be trying this out next Halloween for sure!!
    Michele
    luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

  17. I just saw this on Deb’s blog, how cute! I think I just might have to make this one!!!
    Nice to meet you,
    Bella

  18. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing and for the wonderful tutorial!

  19. First of all, no idea how I missed this post. It must be buried in my reader somewhere. :(
    Second, what fun! We made scrapbook paper and ribbon banners. Much, um, more ghetto than yours :)
    LOVE IT!

  20. Very cool banner! I like the rickrack holding the letters in place. Thank you for sharing the letters. Here’s what I did with mine.
    http://techmom236.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/spooky-cds/

  21. Great tutorial. I’m not much for Halloween decorating but this idea is easy to adapt.
    Lorrie

  22. TOO CUTE! Love this….can’t wait to make it. Thanks for the great instructions!!

  23. Roseny Crisp says:

    Thanks for the tip and share.
    Hug

  24. Hey Angela I’m So Glad I Bumped Into Your Site Otherwise Id Be Spending My Money By Now On Decorations Fabolous Ideas Because Now I Dont Need To Spend So Much On Decorations.. Thanks For The Tips I’m Going To Come Back For More..
    I’m 15 By The Way And Look How Inspired Its made Me Fab ! Tips
    Yours Greatfully
    Amy

  25. Kelly LeHew says:

    Hi Angela,
    I just loved your idea for the Boo Garland. Could you recommend any letters for a Baby Shower?
    Thank you!

  26. Shanon Bohnen says:

    I didnt seek this, but I love this, found it helpful! Keep up the awesome work!

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