Looking for no Sew Halloween Decorations to decorate your mantel this Halloween? Sometimes I am not completely original and find an idea in a catalog and know I can make something similar. I was browsing the GardinRoad Catalog a few weeks ago and pulled out the picture of a decorated Halloween Mantel and set out to replicate it for a lot less. I say no sew but there is a few straight lines that I made with our machine but you could probably just glue them together with a strong fabric glue if you really do not want to sew these DIY Halloween decorations.
Unlike the photo in the catalog, my mantle not open on all three sides, as it lays inside two walls, making this project a little easier. I went to a fabric store and bought 4 different Halloween themed fabrics in 1/3 of a yard. This will depend on how wide you want your banners and how many designs. I also purchased enough iron on backing or stabilizer to cover all the fabric.
Iron on the stabilizer to the wrong side of all the Halloween themed fabric. Simply follow the directions to the particular product you brought home.
No Sew Halloween Decorations for the Mantel
Make a pattern out of card board, I drew my free hand and then went to measure the mantle. You may want to decide on how many pieces you want and how many patterns and do the math to make each flag the correct size. (Length is also up to you) However you do not want to use the entire length of fabric as the very top will be used to hold up the banner onto the mantel.
Cut out each “flag” but do not cut the top of the pattern, allow for more fabric by cutting up to the top of the pattern.
Using a large floor space, lay them onto your floor so they just slightly overlap at the top. Using straight pins to keep them in place.
Since I ended up with a lot of fabric “flags” leftover in a smaller size I decided to add an additional row of fabric to the back. Secure them as well with straight pins.
If you are using glue just add the glue to all intersecting parts and allow to dry before moving. I used my sewing machine and just made 2 straight lines across the entire length of the banner, doubling back when it intersecting another piece. I think the no sew Halloween decoration idea would work too.
Place on your mantel and use any other Halloween Decorations to hold the banner onto the mantel. I used some old books that I will later cover with scarey titles but you get the idea. I may sew a piece of felt over the top edge so I don’t need as much to hold up the mantle but for now it works just fine.
You can easily make one of these for each holiday as the fabric and backing only cost me $11 instead of $49 in the catalog. Find out how me made the BOO sign here!
I can’t wait to see what patterns you come up with.