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Vintage DIY Halloween Banner Decoration

Celebrate Halloween this year with a Vintage DIY Halloween Banner using both pictures from your past and recent photos reformatted with vintage-style photo editing. It’s easy, nostalgic, and always in style.

It’s hard to think of Halloween and not think of Halloweens past. It’s the wonderful memories of our childhood and our past creative endeavors, whether it was a special hand-made costume, a spectacular pumpkin carving, or that special Halloween paper craft made in school, that turn the holiday into something more special with every passing year.

Our supplies list is for a smaller banner. If you're making a longer one, you'll need to increase the quantity of supplies respectively. This banner will look fabulous hung in the foyer, on the stairs or on your Halloween mantle, so get crafting!


3 yards of black ribbon
3 Halloween photos (2 past and 1 present)
3 sheets of 12 x 12 pale orange scrapbook paper
2 sheets of miscellaneous vintage patterned black and white 12 x 12 scrapbook paper (stripes, polka dots, spider webs)
10 old greeting cards (for backing)
Hole puncher
Free photo editing software such as InstaGram, IPiccy.com, or Instant Retro.


Step 1: Create a triangle pennant prototype for each banner flag out of old greeting cards measuring 6 inches in length and 7 1/2 inches in height on each side of triangle. If you line up the triangles on the 12 x 12 paper in an up and down sequence, you can get three triangle pennants from one 12x12 sheet.

Step 2: Cut twelve pennants, six of the solid color and three each of the patterned paper so you have another 6 pennants.

Step 3: Glue onto an old greeting card leaving a 1/2 inch border on top. The stock weight of the greeting card will be helpful to hold the ribbon and hold up the banner.

Step 4: Lay out in order, solid, pattern #1, solid, pattern #2, solid, pattern #1, solid, pattern #2, etc.,

Step 5: Add your vintage photos to the solid pennants.

Step 6: Put two hole punches as the top of each pennant and lace through the ribbon.

Step 7: Hang and enjoy for years to come.

Helpful Tips:

When mixing patterned paper, try to use one small print (ex houndstooth), one large print (ex. Floral) and one solid color for best balance.

For this banner, I used a photo from my childhood, one from my husband’s and finally a photo of our kids to represent our past and our present together as a family. Find a theme with your photos and give it the vintage treatment.

To make my current photos vintage, I used IPiccy.com, but you can use any photo editing program if you've got one!

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