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DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

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DIY Spooky Garland

DIY Spooky Garland

This project is so incredibly easy and perfect to do while watching a movie, or visiting with family and friends.  All you do is rip or cut fabric strips and tie half a knot; that’s all there is to it. By making your own Spooky Garland you can match your Halloween decor or use what you find on sale.  This is also a wonderful craft to get the kids involved in.  Maybe make one for a relative or neighbor who might need a bit of cheering up this season. Mainly, have FUN with this friendly decoration! 

Make Your Own Spooky Garland


You can click on the titles I have in colored print below to go directly to the products.  Also, you can easily adjust for a different length of light cord.  I show measurements for a 7 foot cord, but 1  1/2 times for a 10 foot cord, 3 times for a 20 foot cord and so on.  It’s a very forgiving pattern; just tie on the fabric and mesh strips to your liking.  


3  1/2 – 4  yards of 42″-45″ wide fabric. Recommended to get 2 different patterns that compliment each other of approx.2 yards each (to give yourself plenty to finish the project, extra is better then running out). It must be 100% cotton so that it tears easily

 Spider Web Glow in the Dark fabric HERE

Pumpkin Heads Fabric HERE


3 packages of 10″ wide and 30 feet long mesh ribbon click HERE to see GREEN 

7 foot light strand- Click HERE for PUKMPKIN lights,     

Purple lights, but not sure the length 

TIP* we actually found that using TWO strands of lights worked better than just one, so you might want to double the light strands like we did, though I only show one in the tutorial.  DIY Spooky Garland 1Instructions: Cut the 42″-45″ width fabric at 1 inch intervals, beginning on the short end of the fabric –

cut several at a time as you go, but not all at once, just in case you do not need all the fabric, then you can use it for something else.DIY Spooky Garland 2

Rip the length of the fabric giving you a 1 inch wide by  42″-45″ strip of fabric.DIY Spooky Garland 3Measure the strip and divide it into fourths and that is where you will cut giving you 4 pieces that are approximately 9 1/2″ – 11″ longDIY Spooky Garland 4

With the mesh ribbon cut it at 10″-11″, whichever works best for the length of fabric you have pieces of. 

Again, cut as you go, but not all the roll just in case you have extra you will be able to use it for another project.DIY Spooky Garland 6Taking the mesh ribbon, fold it over, dividing it into thirds. 

DIY Spooky Garland 5

Try to be consistent, but does not have to be exact.DIY Spooky Garland 7 Cut along the long sides, giving you 3 pieces of the 10″-11″ mesh.DIY Spooky Garland 8

Begin to tie the fabric alternating with one pattern the mesh ribbon, the other pattern, the mesh ribbon, etc.

*Again, this shows using only one cord, but I recommend two cords for better light when finished to show through the fabric.DIY Spooky Garland 9Continue as shown,DIY Spooky Garland 10All the way down the length of the cord.DIY Spooky Garland 11And that’s it!  Your own Halloween Garland to drape anywhere you’d like.DIY Spooky Garland 1

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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  1. Very pretty and looks easy enough to me. Thanks for sharing Carrie and wishing you a wonderful weekend now!! 🙂

  2. I love your crafty ways and am a bit jealous as I haven’t got a crafty bone in my body. 🙂 Adorable!

  3. Diane Roark says:

    Hey Girl,

    When do you have time to be so creative? This is so cute. I love how you make it using the lights. It looks great on the fireplace or a table.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

  4. Jess says:

    How easy and adorable! Love it!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  5. LOVE this garland. So cute and easy! Found your post through the WW Link-Up!

  6. Lauren says:

    I love how this turned out! Glad to connect on the merry monday link party! 🙂

  7. Adrian says:

    This is so awesome! It would look awesome on my mantel:) Thanks for sharing with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  8. Sherry says:

    I love Halloween garland. This is super cute. The colors are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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