I’m not sure when it became a thing to decorate, what is traditionally, a Christmas tree for Halloween. However, I do recall people buying white trees second-hand and painting them to look like candy corn. I thought it was clever, but it wasn’t something I wanted to add to my Halloween decor.
But, even when the spooky trees became readily available, I didn’t add one to the decor. And when Halloween ornaments started flooding stores? Nope, still no creepy tree for me.
Well, that’s about to change.
I am finally giving in to the Halloween tree, and I’m on the hunt for the perfect specimen. While I shop, I decided to kick off the ornament collection by incorporating some of my designs into handmade ornies for the tree. And, since I am in love with the little ghosty bookmark I shared last week, I decided to turn him into the first piece for our new tree.
So let’s boo this up right.
Two banner options, BOO and EEK, are available in the Haunted Library as both SVG and PDF files. You can grab the ghost template there as well.
Cut a back and a front ghost from the felt. Next, cut your banner from your scrapbook paper or cardstock – one pennant for each letter and three of the blank pennants.
To assemble your banner, glue the pennants with the cut-out letters on top of your solid/blank pennants.
Or, if you prefer, use the cut-out letters and glue them onto your pennants.
Cut a 10″ piece of wire and twist the ends around a pencil.
With your banner pieces facing down, center the wire on the banner pieces and hot glue each pennant into place.
Make sure to mirror your banner so it will read correctly when flipped to the right side.
Allow To dry.
Now, let’s work on our ghosty.
Glue or stitch the wire onto the hands of your ghost.
Attach a wire or ribbon loop at the top of your ghost ornament with the felt glue.
Lastly, cut a piece of scrapbook paper or cardstock in the shape of the eyes and glue in place.
And, now this little ghosty is ready to haunt a tree, or a wreath, or my car’s rearview mirror.
Until next time, keep it mostly ghostly.