Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

Images and text by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

Tomorrow is October! Bring on the black and orange!! And you know me, I love the garlands. Sewn paper garlands can be customized for everything and I just can’t stop making them. They are a simple, inexpensive and low-key way to dress up your home or decorate for a party.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design MomGlow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

But for this holiday, an eerie trick! Make the seemingly ordinary garland into a glow-in-the-dark treat.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

By day, a festive string of color — and by night, a gleaming strand of ghoulish shapes.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

Gather your materials and let’s get started.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

Supplies:

-paper
-punches, paper cutting machine, scissors or cutting blade
-thread
glow in the dark paint

Cut the paper into your desired size and shape. Small or big, holiday themed or generically geometric, anything works (and are equally as striking, in my opinion). I do like the itsy bitsy size and the large size is just as lovely, however, most of these are sized between 1-2 inches. If you’re into the little ones, I’ve got a special tip for you here.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

Then, piece by piece, feed the paper through the sewing machine. You can create as little or as much space between the shapes as you’d like. To keep the space even, use a landmark on the machine or a piece of tape to ‘measure’ between paper pieces. Consider contrasting thread to add more color.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

And then for a spooky twist: a garland that glows in the dark!! I tried to find glow-in-the-dark paper. I did some internet searching and didn’t find exactly what I wanted so I used paint instead. I painted pieces of cardstock, coating them in a few layers so the they would really gleam. Once they dried, cut them and sew them together like the rest of the paper. I think it’s just enough spook.

Glow in the Dark Halloween Garlands. Cheap and Easy DIY!  |  Design Mom

Once done, hang them where you will and enjoy the season.

P.S. — Love making things? Find more projects here.