Halloween Photo Banner
I’m a bit behind in getting this project on the blog, but I have a good excuse. I swear!
Our youngest is moving, and he had to be out of his current place this weekend, but he can’t get into the new place until next month. So that means we moved him here for the interim.
In addition to all of the other things we have going on, we went down to assist with the move – cleaning, packing, purging, and loading everything he owns.
Did I mention that he lived on the third floor?
I’m not sure how many trips we made up and down stairs, but I am exhausted.
I did make sure to take a break and at least drop by Home Goods. Of all the Code Orange I see on my feeds, they seemed to be the most likely to have Halloween on the shelves.
They did not disappoint!
As usual, I only purchase a few things. However, this little ghost with the hat got my attention. Probably part of that ghosty vibe I’ve got going on this season. Isn’t he just too cute?!
I was tempted by this trio. But, at $79 and around 3′ tall, I decided to hold off for the moment.
So, now that I’ve got my first real fix of Halloween happiness, I’m back with the final banner for the 2022 season, and it is to die for.
Recently I did several projects featuring tombstones with portraits. First, we made the wreath and wall decor pieces, followed by the place cards and party picks.
Today, we will add another piece to this set – a garland banner personalized with portraits from Halloween’s past.
So, let’s get started.
Halloween Photo Banner Supplies
We will need:
Cardstock in colors of your choice
Scissors or a cutting machine – I use the Cricut Maker
Glue stick (Elmer’s Craft Bond is my favorite)
Premade garland of your choice – I’m using this Autumn leaf swag but beaded garland works well too
Mini clothespins or clips
A few of your favorite Halloween photos featuring your friends and family
We will also need to grab the free tombstone portrait cut files from the Haunted Library. You can choose from the SVG file for machine cutting or the PDF file for hand cutting.
The file features a plain tombstone, two epitaph tombstones (RIP and BOO), a photo template, an oval frame, and a tombstone accent.
Mischief And Memories
First, cut out your desired number of tombstones.
The template is for a 10.5″ tombstone. I used this size for the larger epitaph stones and plain tombstone background pieces.
To make the smaller plain tombstones, I shrunk the template to 8″
Be sure to save the letter cutouts, as we will be adding those back in later.
Next, make copies of your Halloween photos sized to fit the opening of the tombstones. We will need one picture for each tombstone that has an oval cutout.
You can use the included photo template to cut out your photo, or you can wing it like I did.
Position the photo on the backside of the tombstone behind the oval and tape or glue it into place.
Using the glue stick, coat the back of the tombstone with glue and adhere it to the background tombstone.
Next, we are going to add the interior of the letter cutouts back into the tombstone.
Here’s the easiest way I’ve found to get them into the correct position.
- With the background in place, add the cutout letters to the epitaph (see letter B in BOO, for example).
- Then, apply glue to the interior of the letters and put them into place (see first O in BOO, for example).
- Finally, remove the letter (see final O in BOO, for example).
Now, lay out your garland to determine the spacing for your tombstones.
Finally, clip the tombstones onto the garland and hang your haunted swag!
Haunt It Up!
To elevate the eeriness, embellish the garland by tying on small skulls and bones.
Or, add some elements to your tombstone, such as an oval frame or side detailing.
Now you’re ready to haunt it up!
Hold On To Those Halloween Memories
All of my tombstones are tucked in among the leaves in the graveyard where the memories will live on.
I hope one of the Halloween 2022 banners will find its way into your deadly decor this season. But, I’d like to know, which one is your favorite?
Until next time, stay spooky!