Halloween Garlands — Glow in the Dark!

September 30, 2013

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 Mom Glow 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.

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1 Kristen Genevieve September 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

So great! I love any & all fall crafts but I haven’t seen this done before! At least not in this way. I’m definitely going to make the pumpkins. And maybe the glow-in-the-dark ghosts, too. Fun!

xo kristen genevieve

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2 Alexandra Hedin September 30, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Amy is a genius! I love this

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3 Tasha September 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

LOL I am also excited to have October come! It seems right that I officially segue into fall decor. It allows me to let go of summer too, but feel good about it! ♥

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4 The Other Robin September 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Fun!!

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5 lidia October 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

eep! these are adorable and best of all so simple to make!

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6 Andrea October 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

Can I ask where you got your pumpkin and ghost shapes?? Thanks!

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7 Emily October 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

So cute! I love the glow in the dark element, I hadn’t thought of that. I always have a rotating garland in my apartment, but I have easy access to the ones we make at eeBoo, the toy company I work for. Our halloween one is pretty darn cute: http://eeboo.com/store/show/CHWEEN?parent=games (perfect for those of us who don’t have a sewing machine on hand!)

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8 Stacy October 3, 2013 at 6:13 am

I also am curious of where you got the ghost paper punch!

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