Now that we’ve gotten the Halloween season started with last week’s Halloween themed Color With Me, and this week's Fall Bucket List 2016, it seems only natural that we’d keep the Halloween spirit going with fun-to-make, yet totally easy, DIY Halloween streamers! Take your streamers to the next level with this easy tutorial and printable guides!
I love decorating for the holidays (Halloween included)! Aside from being able to get crafty, it’s right when everything starts to feel cozier; the weather, the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, etc. The decorations on the walls, doors, windows, and everywhere else, I think, just adds to the cozy factor!
My favorite kinds of decorations are the ones that really help to transform a room. So I thought what better kind of decoration to start with than easy-to-make Halloween streamers? You’ll be able to make a whole bunch, put them up everywhere--I mean everywhere--and just like that, your space will feel like you’ve had a Halloween decoration explosion!
I really like how these turned out, and once you’ve done one you’ll be able to cover a room in no time! They’re that easy to make! For our house, I’m planning on hanging the bloody streamers at the tops of doors and the edges of shelves and things. Oh and also around the edges of rooms, where the ceiling meets the walls, you know? It’s spooky, kinda creepy, yet cute! For the bats and pumpkins I plan on hanging them in archways and along the walls or to help frame different things. Basically wherever you would normally hang party streamers--and then some!
The neat thing about making these is that you can mix and match cut ones with non-cut ones of the same (and different) colors to help with layering and bulking out your decor! For example, you could hang a mix of cut bats and pumpkins in an archway or doorway then use solid coordinating colored streamers and balloons to hang down the sides of the archway or doorway. Putting the balloons where the cut streamers and uncut streamers meet to hide any tape or gaps. It’s totally up to you!
The streamers in my collection are of varying heights so for the templates I went with a set height of 1 ¾ inch. If you need to modify slightly you can do so simply by drawing the line lower or higher than the template. I got my streamers from varying places, The Dollar Tree, a local craft store, and they sell a BUNCH of colors on Amazon! Now let’s get started!
First, download the templates and guides by clicking the download link below. I do ask, if you download my printable, please keep it for personal use only.
- A printer to print the templates
- Cardstock paper
- Crepe paper streamers
- A pencil or pen
- A ruler (optional)
Start by downloading the template, print it out on cardstock, then cut out all the shapes.
Take the two long rectangles with the dotted lines and fold each one in half along the dotted line.
Next tape each folded rectangle so that it remains folded for good stability.
Once you have everything cut out and taped it’s time to move onto the streamer part!
Measure out about 2, 3, or 4ft of streamer. The shorter of a streamer segment you use, the more crisp the design will be with less bulky spots from wrapping. I wouldn’t use longer than 4 feet as the design will be harder to cut out and become more distorted. If you’re making a whole lot of streamers I’d go with 4ft.. The quantity would hide any imperfections. If you’re only making a few or need them to be perfect I’d go with segments around 2ft. Regardless you still might want to practice with 2ft to get the hang of it
Cut your streamer once you have the desired length.
Choose the template that fits with the rectangle. The bats and pumpkin goes with the longer rectangle and the blood goes with the shorter one.
Start wrapping your streamer segment around your rectangle.
Take care to line up the streamer as best you can while you’re wrapping it.
Cut away any excess, as it might get in your way. Once you’ve done a few it might not bug you.
Pinch the wrapped streamer on the edges to insure the folds will stay put when cutting.
Place your template on top of your streamer and trace the design.
Make sure to leave gaps on the side while you're tracing the design so you don’t accidentally cut along the edge.
Slide the streamer off the rectangle template/guide for cutting.
It’s all cut out!
And you’re done! Once you’ve done one or two it’s easy to keep making and cutting them out!
Here’s a quick demo of the bloody streamers template. It’s all traced and ready to cut.
Start cutting it out.
And bam! You’ve got some spooky bloody streamers!
Here’s the bat already cut out and ready to be opened.
Pow! Festive and fun bat streamers!
Don’t worry about making them perfect; decorations are meant to be fun so have fun with it! Put on some good tunes, maybe a Halloween movie, eat a fun snack and enjoy the crafting process! Use them strategically or tape them up everywhere! Like I said, it’s totally up to you!
These would be so great for a Halloween party! What’s your favorite kind of Halloween decoration? I’d love to hear! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and get a chance to whip up some spooky Halloween streamers too! Have a great weekend!