Dress up your mantle, or any part of your home, with an easy Halloween garland made with yarn, twine, and pipe cleaners. It is an inexpensive craft project easy enough for kids.
You are going to LOVE this Halloween garland! It is easy to make using yarn, twine, and pipe cleaners. It’s also crazy inexpensive. This craft is easy enough for even little kids to help make. Just follow the instructions for how to make a yarn pumpkin, yarn ghost, and yarn spider. Make as many as you want and hang on twine to make it into a cute Halloween garland. Use it with Halloween Luminaries on a mantle, table, or ledge to create a fun Halloween mood.
Pumpkins and Ghosts and Spiders! Oh My! Halloween Garland
Halloween Garland Materials:
- Orange Yarn (Red Heart in Carrot)
- Black Yarn (Red Heart in Black)
- White Yarn (Red Heart in Soft White)
- Fishing Line (optional – I used this for hanging)
- Dining Chair (mine is about 16″ wide)
- Green pipe cleaners (1 per pumpkin)
- Black pipe cleaners (2 per spider)
- Sharp Scissors
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How to Make a Halloween Garland Directions:
For each of the three shapes (spider, pumpkin, and ghost), you wind yarn around a chair, slide it off, tie it and cut it into your shape.
How to make the Halloween Garland Spider
To make the spider, one chair wrapping will make 3 spiders. Wrap the black yarn around a chair 75 times, keeping it loose enough so you can slide it off but not so loose that it falls off.
The more you wrap, the thicker and denser the pom will be. Slide the yarn off the chair, keeping the loops separate.
Next, cut three 14″ pieces of black yarn. TIGHTLY tie the pieces around the black yarn as shown. Double knot each piece. Cut the loop of yarn on the right and left of the center (tied) strand. Cut the looped ends. You will have three spiders.
When doing this, ensure to KEEP THE TAIL LONG (the part you tied onto the loop to make sections). Hang onto it and trim yarn to create the spider shape.
Now, you make the spider legs using black pipe cleaners. cut two black pipe cleaners in half, giving you four pieces. Place your spider upside down onto a flat surface. Lay your pipe cleaners over your tail and use the tail string to tightly attach the pipe cleaners to the body. Double knot the tail string. Using your fingers, bend the pipe cleaners to resemble legs. You can trim the tail OR use it (if you can) to hang it.
How to make the Halloween Garland Pumpkins
Follow steps 1-3 above that you did for the spider, but use the orange yarn only wrap the warn around the chair 150 times. Again, this will make 3 pumpkins. After you trim your pumpkin, following the same method as the spider, you’ll need to add a stem.
To make the pumpkin stem, place the center of a green pipe cleaner across the tail and tie the tail in a double knot to affix the stem. Then, fold the pipe cleaner downward to make a stem and some vines. You can do anything you want here. Keep the tail long to hang or cut it off.
How to make the Halloween Garland Ghosts
Do the same thing you did for the spiders and pumpkins and wrap your yarn around the chair. The ghosts take about 150 loops. Remove the yarn from the chair and cut one end, so you have a long bunch of yarn. Cut that chunk of yarn into thirds.
Now, cut six 14″ pieces of white yarn. Set 3 pieces aside. Tie one piece of yarn tightly around the center of each of the three chunks. Keep the tail separate if you want to use it to hang; otherwise, you can just add it into the mix of ghosts.
Fold the bunch of yarn down the center/in half and smooth the yarn. Tie the remaining yarn near the folded end to make a head. Trim the ghost body as desired.
Put Them All Together as a Garland:
I used a fishing line to hang the garland pieces onto twine. For the spider, tie the line onto one of the strands on the top of his head. For the pumpkin, weave the fishing line through the stem to hang. And for the ghost, weave a piece of fishing line through the top of the head to hang. If you still have your tails, you can easily use those to tie them onto the garland.
Keep the trio loose. A simple slip knot around the garland will work well; that way, you can space it even once you have it hung.
Halloween Yarn GarlandPin For Later
Pair the garland with our Keep Calm and Scare On a project to create an adorable, inexpensive Halloween display for your home.
Andrea Dansie says
You said you wrapped the spider 75 times but the others 150. Is there a reason why?
Because you need a flat bottom on the spider for the legs. You don’t want the spider as poofy as the others.
Hello! I am trying to get materials to make these in the classroom for 33 kids. Do you have an estimate on how much yarn for each item? Thanks much!
Jacob Corder says
That’s so cool and so easy! I love it.
Since my best friend’s daughter was born on Halloween, it’s a huge family party! This will be an excellent addition – THANK YOU! How cute and clever of you.
Debra Kozlick says
I run the “Yarning For A Cause” club at the High School where I work in Illinois. This was a quick and great project for the kids to work on for themselves! Great project! Thanks ~ DJ Koz
Hi Camille. Your Halloween garland is super cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I know our readers will love it. I’ve included your post in our Top 10 Halloween Crafts roundup. https://craftylikegranny.com/halloween-crafts/ Cheers Jodie 🙂
Kaitlin D says
So glad I didn’t become a pinterest fail on this! I had zero confidence in this, yet it turned out great! So cute, so easy and incredibly affordable! Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity!
Yay! I’m glad it worked for you. 🙂 We try to be as detailed as possible so anyone can follow along.
This was so much fun to make! Thanks for sharing. I am recovering from surgery and made 3 sets while sitting in my chair. I think I will add a bow or maybe string a few small poms (white, yellow and orange like candy corn) between each of the Pom figures. Or I may just copy your example – it’s so cute as is!
How fun, Emmie! I hope you feel better soon.
Adorable. I’m bringing back my Monday link party @ DIY Home Sweet Home (first one will be Oct. 16th) and I would love for you to stop by and link up your garland! http://diyhshp.blogspot.com
I just made this today. It takes a lot longer than I thought because each item requires a lot of trimming after making it! I did make 2 garlands at once so it made for quite a bit more work. It came out very cute! I used twine instead of fishing line for the loops. If I had the change the instructions at all, I would use less white yarn for the ghosts. My ghosts ended up looking fat and uneven- just too much yarn. Maybe 100 or 125 times around the chair rather than 150. Thanks for sharing this.
Thanks for the tips, Haley!
This is crazy awesome! Thank you so much for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday!
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond says
These look so easy to make yet so effective. Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party.
Love these. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared.
Your little yarn ghosties and pumpkins and spiders are adorable! What a great garland for Halloween. Pinned so I can make it one of these years. #HomeMattersParty
These make me wish I had a kid’s classroom to decorate. They are adorable. Pinned them for later. Thanks for sharing.
Cristina at Ava's Alphabet says
Camille, you have done it again. You just make the cutest stuff! I LOVE this garland!!! Pinned and sharing. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.
Kari Wagner Hoban says
I’m an Ohio State fan, so not sure I should read your blog…..I KID!
I LOVE THIS.
HA HA!! 🙂 I still love my OSU readers! We all have faults. 😉
My two grand daughters are coming for a weekend. We always do crafts together, they love it. This is the perfect activity. Thank you for posting.
Can you say adorable!
I love this garland! I have fond memories of making those yarn ball creatures in childhood and trimming their ‘hair.’ I love that you used the concept to make an adorable themed garland.
I had a baby-sitter who would make us any color pom poms we wanted if we behaved. We thought she was magic making them!
Keri Casler says
I love this! I used to draw the kids I babysat copied enlarged pics of super heros from their comic books. They’d wake up the next day to a pencil drawing with a note from me. I probably should have been doing my homework, but it was way more fun to do that. Pom poms would have been a great thing to do if i knew how back then! Now I make pom poms with my after school students and they love it! Creatures, flowers, animals all made with pom poms. Love it!
Mandee Thomas says
I love making yarn pom poms! This garland it just too cute. Pinned! I wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see what you share with us this week. 🙂
Thank you for the feature, Mandee!
This is super cute!!
Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere!
What a fun project! Just wanted to tell you that I featured it in our party this week and I will be pinning and sharing on my Facebook page this coming week. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend! XO
Thank you so much, Diana!
This is just about the cutest thing ever! Thanks for linking up to The Handmade Hangout! I’ll be featuring this on my blog when the new linky goes live today (Thurs) at 6pm ET. Hope you’ll stop by to see your feature and link up again!
Thank you for linking up with the OMHG WW! Please link up with us again this week and share your great posts! xx
Lou Lou Girls says
Cute! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
What a super cute, and easy craft! Thanks for sharing! We’d love to have you back at the Best of the Blogosphere tomorrow!
These are fab, love them. I love pom poms so a new way to use them is right up my street!
This is absolutely adorable and super easy to create. Thank you for sharing! I have to try this out 🙂
This is an adorable garland. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party.
Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!
Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
Kathleen Berlew says
This is adorable. I love all your creepy little yarn creatures!
Denise/DIY Crush says
Hey, stopping by from Diana Rambles! LOVE this project, so very cute! I would like to invite you to link up at my new party! Every Thursday at 7pm EST. Hope to see you there!
Cute, cute, cute…I Iove yarn garlands. I see this garland happening in my future 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Have fun creating!
Sarah R. says
This is CRAZY adorable- of course, I could never have this in our house because it would be too tempting for the kitties. 😉 But I can definitely admire yours from afar. Thanks for coming by the 100th Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope you entered our Amazon Gift Card contest!! And please come back this weekend with your latest makes & bakes.
Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)
Love this!! Can’t wait to try it!!
This is so cute! I have all kinds of yarn. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.
Me, too, and yet I STILL bought more to make this with my kids!
Lisa Sharp says
Oh my gosh, this is too cute! Plus I need to use up some of my large yarn stash!
This is a great stash busting project!
Oh my goodness this is too too cute! I can totally see me doing this with my teen dd. Pinned. I hope you can join us on the Spooktacular Halloween Party and share some of your Halloween crafts.
Such a great craft for teens! Good idea!
This is too cute!! I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Marie!
This is so cute…my daughters would love it and it would definitely get us in the Halloween spirit! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!
I love this!! I am definitely making it. Thank you!
This is super cute. I’d love to feature this next week, but can’t find Craftastic Monday on your link parties page. If you could add it, just let me know, so I can showcase your post. Thanks for sharing this at the Craftastic Monday Link Party at Sew Can Do!
Hi Cheryl! Well, that’s been on my “to do” list for MONTHS! And I just got it done thanks to your little nudge. 😉 http://growingupgabel.com/link-parties-i-love/
Awesome Camille! I’ve just pinned it as a Craftastic Pick. It’ll be featured at next week’s party too – which includes a shout out to your post on Twitter:)
Oh my!! This is so cute!! Pinning and making!!