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Pumpkins and Ghosts and Spiders! Oh My! Halloween Garland

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Dress up your mantle, or any part of your home, with easy Halloween garland.  This no sew project is made with yarn and a few other craft supplies for an inexpensive craft project easy enough for kids.

Decorate your mantle or home for Halloween with this easy Halloween garland! Made from yarn and few other simple craft supplies, this fun decoration is perfect for kids!

I am in LOVE with this Halloween garland! Not only is it super easy to make, but it’s also crazy inexpensive.  This craft is easy enough for even little kids to help make. Scroll down and check out the mantle my friend put together using this Halloween garland and our Keep Calm poster printable. It’s adorable!

Pumpkins and Ghosts and Spiders! Oh My! Halloween Garland

Yarn Halloween Garland

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

Yarn Garland

Basic directions:
For each of the three different shapes (spider, pumpkin, and ghost) you wind yarn around a chair, slide it off, tie it and cut it into your shape.

Spider Yarn

To make a spider (one chair wrapping will make 3 spiders):

How to Make A Yarn Garland

1, Wrap black yarn around a chair. I wrapped it 75 times. The more you wrap, the thicker and denser the pom pom will be.

Slide the yarn off the chair, keeping the loops separate.

Easy DIY Halloween Garland

2. Cut three, 14″ pieces of black yarn. TIGHTLY Tie the loop as shown.

Double knot it.

Cut the loop of yarn on the right and left of the center (tied) strand.

Cut the looped ends.

You will have three spiders.

Yarn Spiders

3. KEEP THE TAIL LONG (that’s the part you tied onto the loop to make sections). Hang onto it and trim yarn to create the spider shape.

Cut two 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. Using your fingers, bend the pipe cleaners to resemble legs.

Trim the tail OR use it (if you can) to hang it.

Yarn Pumpkin


To make a pumpkin: (one chair wrapping will make 3 pumpkins)

Follow Steps 1-3 for the spider, but use the orange yarn. I wrapped my yarn around the chair 150 times.

After you trim your pumpkin, you’ll need to add a stem.

Place the center of a green pipe cleaner across the tail and tie the tail in a double knot to affix the stem.

At this point, I just folded the pipe cleaner downward to make a stem and some vines. You can really do anything you want here. Keep the tail long to hang to hang or cut off.

Yarn Ghosts

To make a ghost: (one chair wrapping will make 3 ghosts)

Wrap your yarn around the chair (I did 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.

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 ghost.

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.

Pumpkin Yarn Garland

To hang:
I used fishing line to hang my garland onto twine.

For the spider I tied 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 onto the garland.

Keep the trio loose. A simple slip knot around the garland will work well, that way you can space it evenly once you have it hung.

Decorate your mantle or home for Halloween with this easy Halloween garland! Made from yarn and few other simple craft supplies, this fun decoration is perfect for kids

Pair the garland with our Keep Calm and Scare On project to create a adorable, inexpensive Halloween display for your home.

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  • Andrea Dansie
    October 24, 2019

    You said you wrapped the spider 75 times but the others 150. Is there a reason why?

    • Camille
      October 26, 2019

      Because you need a flat bottom on the spider for the legs. You don’t want the spider as poofy as the others.

  • shannon
    October 18, 2019

    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
    June 14, 2019

    That’s so cool and so easy! I love it.

  • Brenda
    November 17, 2018

    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
    October 1, 2018

    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

  • Jodie
    September 24, 2018

    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. Cheers Jodie 🙂

  • Kaitlin D
    September 19, 2018

    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!

    • Camille
      September 20, 2018

      Yay! I’m glad it worked for you. 🙂 We try to be as detailed as possible so anyone can follow along.

  • Emmie
    June 26, 2018

    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!

    • Camille
      July 2, 2018

      How fun, Emmie! I hope you feel better soon.

  • Jamie
    October 9, 2017

    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!

  • Haley
    September 30, 2017

    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.

    • Camille
      September 30, 2017

      Thanks for the tips, Haley!

  • Kyla
    September 27, 2017

    This is crazy awesome! Thank you so much for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday!

  • These look so easy to make yet so effective. Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon link party.

  • Theresa
    October 6, 2016

    Love these. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared.

  • Nicole
    October 3, 2016

    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

  • Donna
    September 30, 2016

    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
    September 28, 2016

    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
    September 27, 2016

    I’m an Ohio State fan, so not sure I should read your blog…..I KID!

    • Camille
      October 1, 2016

      HA HA!! 🙂 I still love my OSU readers! We all have faults. 😉

  • Leanna
    September 26, 2016

    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.

  • NormaJean
    August 24, 2016

    Can you say adorable!

  • Theresa
    October 26, 2015

    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.

    • Camille
      November 1, 2015

      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
        February 20, 2017

        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
    October 13, 2015

    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. 🙂

    • Camille
      October 15, 2015

      Thank you for the feature, Mandee!

  • amber.m
    October 11, 2015

    This is super cute!!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere!

  • Diana
    October 9, 2015

    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

  • Valerie
    October 8, 2015

    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!

  • Ashleigh
    October 6, 2015

    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
    October 5, 2015

    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

  • Amber
    October 4, 2015

    What a super cute, and easy craft! Thanks for sharing! We’d love to have you back at the Best of the Blogosphere tomorrow!

  • Julie
    October 3, 2015

    These are fab, love them. I love pom poms so a new way to use them is right up my street!

  • Tiffany
    October 3, 2015

    This is absolutely adorable and super easy to create. Thank you for sharing! I have to try this out 🙂

  • Theresa
    October 3, 2015

    This is an adorable garland. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  • Jill
    October 2, 2015

    Hi there
    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
    October 2, 2015

    This is adorable. I love all your creepy little yarn creatures!

  • Denise/DIY Crush
    October 2, 2015

    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!

  • Nichole
    October 2, 2015

    Cute, cute, cute…I Iove yarn garlands. I see this garland happening in my future 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah R.
    October 2, 2015

    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)

  • Jessica
    September 30, 2015

    Love this!! Can’t wait to try it!!

  • Maria
    September 30, 2015

    This is so cute! I have all kinds of yarn. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

    • Camille
      October 1, 2015

      Me, too, and yet I STILL bought more to make this with my kids!

  • Lisa Sharp
    September 30, 2015

    Oh my gosh, this is too cute! Plus I need to use up some of my large yarn stash!

    • Camille
      October 1, 2015

      This is a great stash busting project!

  • Erlene
    September 30, 2015

    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.

    • Camille
      October 1, 2015

      Such a great craft for teens! Good idea!

  • Marie
    September 29, 2015

    This is too cute!! I absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa
    September 28, 2015

    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!

  • Susan
    September 28, 2015

    I love this!! I am definitely making it. Thank you!

  • Cheryl
    September 28, 2015

    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!

    • Camille
      September 28, 2015

      Hi Cheryl! Well, that’s been on my “to do” list for MONTHS! And I just got it done thanks to your little nudge. 😉

      • Cheryl
        September 28, 2015

        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:)

  • Heather
    September 28, 2015

    Oh my!! This is so cute!! Pinning and making!!