Halloween Spirit Pennant
Recently, while I was staging a photo for my post on second-hand costumes, I pulled out one of my old high school pennants. This poor thing is a little rough after being stuffed in the back of a memory box for over 35 years. But, I love its style and, as my high school colors were orange and black, it was the perfect inspiration piece for a Halloween banner.
At first, I thought I’d go more traditional with the design – like a Halloween high school vibe. But, after looking over some recent doodles in my notebook, I decided to go a different route. So, I took one of my handwritten scribbles to craft the “october” font and drafted the “31” and the bats in Inkscape.
This pennant is a super-simple and quick project that you can craft as last-minute Halloween party decor. And, you can make it out of paper or cardstock too.
You can use all of the elements or pick and choose which pieces to use. And, though black and orange are my favorite Halloween color combo, don’t be afraid to play with the colors to match your style or party theme.
So let’s get started.
We will need:
- 28″ x 15″ piece of craft felt
- 9″ x 12″ sheet of stiffened felt
- Clover Chaco Chalk Pen or another marker
- Beacon Felt Glue
- Scissors or a cutting machine
- Pattern downloads from the Haunted Library.
Print out the Spirit Banner PDF and assemble the template using clear tape.
Lay the template onto your felt, then trace, and cut out your pennant.
If cutting by hand, print, trace and cut the bats, font, and numbers from stiffened felt using the PDF version. If machine cutting, download the SVG version and upload it to your design program.
Now, arrange the elements onto your pennant in whatever design you like, and, once happy with the look, glue them into place.
The band of black craft felt I stitched on to the short end is optional. I like the look, and it also serves as a pocket for a dowel so I can stick the pennant into the ground.
Until next time, Go Halloween!