DIY Easy Halloween Décor: Yarn Tassel Ghost Garland

I have bags and bags of yarn in my closet. If you ask my husband, he’ll probably tell you it’s way too much. However, when you love yarn, it’s never enough! I love making crafts with yarn, even though I don’t do them as often as I would like. I’ve made yarn garlands made with tassels, pumpkins, and of course, pompoms. For our Halloween décor this year, I made this beautiful garland made of yarn tassels turned into little ghosts!

Here’s what you’ll need
– yarn of color(s) of your choice
– black paper for eyes and mouths
– glue
– yarn needle or hook
– scissors

If you need to buy some yarn, you should go to a Dollar Tree store. They usually have yarn in smaller skeins, plus it’s cheap, and they usually have a ton of colors available. I could definitely share some of mine, to be honest, haha! The “mold” you’ll need depends on what you have at hand. I’m going to use a small notepad since the tassels I’m making are small. If you’d like longer tassels, you could use a book, a notebook, a thin box, cardboard, etc.

First, think about where you’d like to place your garland, and measure the length. Now that you know how long it’ll be, divide the length in segments of 3 inches each, and count how many tassels you’ll need approximately. I usually make a few tassels and start hanging them to see how the garland looks. This helps me make sure I’m making enough for it to look cute.

Wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 50 times (if you think the yarn you’re using is too thin, try wrapping it around a few more times). Slide out the piece of cardboard and keep the loops together. Cut another piece of yarn and tie it around the top part, and make a knot.

Then, cut another piece of yarn and tie it about an inch below the top. This would be the little head of the ghost. Cut the bottom part of the looped yarn, and even the ends if you’d like a neater look. Yay! You have made a little tassel!

Keep going and make a few. Thread them in the garland holder (which is just more yarn) using a yarn needle or a hook. Add either googly eyes to each ghost, or just cut out black paper circles. I used a whole puncher. Use glue to place them on yarn. Tacky glue works well, but you could also use a hot glue gun carefully.

Tie the garland where you’d like to decorate, et voilà! You’re done! 👻👻👻

I hope you make this cute ghost décor! You can switch it up and just keep the tassels without turning them into ghosts. Tassel garlands make great décor for any season or holiday!

 Michelle | con limón, please

Here you can see other yarn projects I’ve worked on. I have a thing for yarn.

For more things Halloween and Fall inspiration, go check out what my blogger babe friends are making:

How-to: dried orange slices for your winter décor

Winter comes and with it comes orange season! I love the smell of freshly cut slices of orange, but have you smelled them baked? Or have you ever boiled some orange rinds with rosemary or cinnamon? Well, that’s a post for another time. Today we’re baking them! Yep, we dehydrate them in the oven. Dried orange slices can be used for any type of décor around your home. I’d like to share with you my method for drying oranges.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 5-7 oranges in different sizes
  • Baking sheets
  • Cooling trays

First, preheat your oven at 200F. Place the cooling trays on top of the cookie sheets. Using cooling trays on top of the baking sheets helps keeping the oranges from getting stuck, and it helps them dehydrate evenly. I wanted to take more advantage of the oven time, so I used our air fryer rack as well.

Cut the oranges in slices. Make sure they’re not too thin, maybe 1/5 of an inch would be good. Place the slices on top of the cooling trays. Make sure not to overlap them. Place them in the oven for 4 hours.
Yep, four hours. No, it’s not too long. It’s just the perfect time to get them dehydrated. Sit back and enjoy the smell!

Once your orange slices are ready, you can start decorating your home. Every year I like to replace the garland on our kitchen window. I also use them to make ornaments for our Christmas tree. Biodegradable is the new black! I had to make a whole round of orange ornaments this year since the previous ones were used for two years! They were looking kind of sad this year, to be honest.

Here’s this gallery with visual instructions for the garland:

NOTES:
* Do not try to save time adding more temperature to the oven. Be patient!
* Use a big needle to thread the slices either for a garland or ornaments
* You can add a pop of smell and color to the slices with rosemary, cinnamon, or my star anise!
* Use cotton cord, baker’s twine (I get my baker’s twine at the Dollar Tree), or use any other natural thread, such as jute string, which by the way looks so beautiful



I hope you get festive with this idea!

 Michelle | con limón, please