How To Make Easy and Fun Halloween Bunting With Children

(AD Gifted) This Halloween bunting is simple to make and looks great. You can even adapt the process slightly to accommodate the age of the children involved. With my 3 year old I cut out all the pieces in advance so she could glue them together and decorate them, for older children they could draw around templates and cut the pieces out themselves. It’s a great Halloween craft for preschoolers and older children.

Our finished Halloween bunting looks like this:

Patio doors with a string of halloween shapes hung up in front of it. The halloween bunting is made of a witches hat, pumpkins, ghosts, spiders web and mummies
The finished Halloween bunting made by my 3 year old and me

I made this Halloween Bunting after being inspired by a package of craft supplies I was sent from Viking.

Various Halloween themed craft items including card in black, green and orange, felt tip pens, silver and gold metalic pens, a pumpkin carving kit and string
Gifted products

How To Make Easy and Fun Halloween Bunting

Materials used to make the  Halloween Bunting

White paper (for creating templates)
A pencil
Black card
Orange card
Green card
White card
Silver craft pen
Black pen
Sellotape/ craft tape

When making it with my 3 year old I did all the cutting out first and then we assembled them one shape at a time. I made one of each style to show her how they could look and she copied.
If I was making the Halloween bunting with my 8 year old I would just make the templates myself and let her trace round them and cut the shapes out.

Pieces of card cut and in a row ready to make witches hat, pumpkin, spider webs and ghost which will be hung together to make halloween bunting
Cut out pieces of card ready to be assembled into Halloween bunting by my preschool aged child

How to Make Witches Hats for the Halloween Bunting

  1. Draw and cut out a witches hat shape on paper to use as a template (this means you can keep adjusting the shape until you are happy).
  2. Draw round the paper template on black card to create as many witches hats as you want. 
  3. Cut out the witches hats.
  4. Cut out curved thin strips of coloured card (I used green so I could use the same piece of card for pumpkin stalks).
  5. Cut out small rectangles of white paper or card, fold them in half, cut out a rectangle from the middle, unfold.
  6. (Child) Glue the coloured strip onto the hat. 
  7. (Child) Glue the buckle on to the middle of the coloured strip.

A 3 year old gluing on a white buckle onto a cardboard witches hat
Assembling the simple and effective witches hats for the Halloween bunting

How to make Spider Webs for the Halloween Bunting

  1. Draw a spider web on white paper, then cut it out to use as a template.
  2. Draw round the template on black card and cut out.
  3. Put a dot in the middle of the spider web.
  4. Partially complete a demonstration spider web for child to copy.
  5. Talk child through drawing a line in silver pen from the central dot to each of the points around the edge of the spider web.
  6. Encourage the child to take a segment at a time to draw small lines between the longer radiating lines.

(This is the hardest one for younger children, but I was really impressed at how well my daughter followed my instructions).

A 3 year old using a silver metallic craft pen to draw a spiders web on to black card
My daughter copying the spider web I drew one section at a time

How to Make Paper Pumpkins for the Halloween Bunting

  1. Draw a pumpkin shape on white paper and cut it out to use as a template.
  2. Draw a pumpkin stalk shape on white paper and cut it out to use as a template.
  3. Draw around pumpkin template on orange card and cut them out.
  4. Draw around the stalk template on green paper and cut them out.
  5. Use the off cuts of black card from the witches hats and spider webs to cut out small triangles (they don't all need to be the same size).
  6. Use more off cuts of black card to cut out a semi circle, then cut out 2 triangles from the flat edge and 3 from the curved edge to look like teeth.
  7. (Child) Put glue on the bottom of the stalk only and attach to top of the pumpkin.
  8. (Child) Glue on the mouth at the bottom of the pumpkin.
  9. (Child) Glue on the eyes and nose in the space remaining.

Preschooler with her tongue out sticking the face on to 2D cardboard pumpkins
The tongue sticking out must mean she is concentrating hard

How to Make Ghosts for the Halloween Bunting

  1. Create ghost shape templates out of white paper.
  2. Draw around the template on white card and cut out.
  3. Use more of the black card off cuts to cut out 2 circles and 1 oval for each ghost.
  4. (Child) glue on the eyes and mouth on to the white cardboard ghost.

Really easy and simple ghost shapes with a child gluing the black eyes and mouth on
Gluing the eyes on to the ghosts

How to make Mummies for the Halloween Bunting

(I saved the messiest one until last).

  1. If you have a suitable size gingerbread man cookie cutter it would be perfect to use as a template, otherwise as before draw your template on white paper until you are happy with it and cut it out.
  2. Use the template to draw and cut out the mummy shapes from black card.
  3. Cut out lots of varying lengths of string (but none wider than your mummy).
  4. If you have googly eyes use those, otherwise cut out 2 small white circles of paper/ card and colour a black dot in the middle.
  5. (Child) Cover the mummy shape in a good layer of glue.
  6. (Child) Stick on the mummy's eyes.
  7. (Child) Cover the rest of the mummy (avoiding the eyes) with string.

After a while my daughter ended up putting the string in the glue and then onto the card which ended up with a much more unravelled mummy look.

Making halloween mummies by gluing short pieces of string onto a gingerbread man shaped piece of black card
It was fun to get lots of glue and make this mummies for the Halloween bunting

Assembling the Halloween Bunting

3 witches hats, 3 pumpkins, 2 ghosts, 2 spiders webs and 2 mummies. Some were obviously made my an adult, others were made by a preschooler
All the completed Halloween themed pieces drying read to make the bunting

When all the glue is dry (and depending on your child that might take a while) it's time to assemble the bunting.

the back of a ghost and spiders web with string taped to it and a ball of string
Attaching the Halloween shapes to string

  1. Lay out the pieces in the order you want to hang them in so you can see what it will look like. When you are happy turn them over.
  2. Cut a piece of string the length of your laid out shapes with some extra on each end to allow you to tie the bunting up.
  3. Lay the string in position and tape to the back of each piece near the top.
  4. Hang up your bunting!
Craft with Children. How To Make Easy Halloween Bunting.
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