Vintage Jack-O-Lantern Banner

Today I'm making a fun banner to hang on your fireplace or in a window every year! 

I don't decorate for Halloween too much but I sure like to make the projects! 

This time I'm going to create a Halloween banner with a vintage look that I'll want to hang every year! 

The easy technique to get a vintage look can be used on almost anything too! 

Take a look...

banner and pumpkins on mantel

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I started out with a few scrap pieces of drop cloth fabric and I painted the fabric with one coat of what I had left of Fusion Mineral Paint in Tuscan Orange. You can use any orange craft paint or chalk paint you have on hand.

orange painted drop cloth fabric

I gave it a quick coat so that the fabric showed through in some places. 

I used a heat gun to begin the drying process but ended up hanging it on my vintage tobacco drying rack over wax paper overnight to dry completely. 

heat gun drying fabric

The painted fabric is now pretty stiff. 

pennants drying on rack

I cut out a piece of thick cardboard to use as my stencil throughout this project. The size and design of the stencil is up to you. 

cardboard jack-o-lantern stencil

I drew a jack-o-lantern face on the stencil and used a box cutter (carefully) to cut out the face. Now at this point you may want to have your faces all different, it is up to you. 

stencil on pennant pieces

I used the stencil to cut out 6 pennants from the painted fabric. Be sure to put the top of the triangle on the fold so your fabric triangles will be doubled. On each pennant shape I traced a jack-o-lantern face through the stencil. 

jack-o-lantern face in pencil on pennant

I experimented with a few different pens but a regular permanent marker from the dollar store worked the best to fill in the faces. 

jack-o-lantern faces

Once all the pennants were cut out, I brought them over to the ironing board to do the rest. 

macrame twine

I cut a 6' length of macrame twine for my banner and tied knots in each end. I'm going to use the twine as I iron my pennants together. 

Ultra Bond package

I used a product called Ultra Bond, which I used on a Fall pillow recently. This product is an iron on fusing that will adhere the front to the back of the pennant pieces. You could also use glue but I like the stiffness this product gave the pennants. 

I used the triangular stencil once again to cut out 6 triangles from the Ultra Bond. 

stencil on Ultra Bond

All you do is to open up the pennant shape and iron the triangle of Ultra Bond onto the bottom piece with the sticky side down on your fabric. Your jack-o-lantern face should be on top. 

open pennant with iron on paper

Once the paper has cooled a bit you can peel off the paper from the Ultra Bond. You will have a sticky surface left. 

peeling off bonding paper

Fold the top of your jack-o-lantern pennant down, over the twine, to close the pennant. Then using a piece of parchment paper, iron over the top of the pennant. 

ironing using parchment paper over the pennant

That's it! If you are not too careful with the positioning of the folded pennants, don't worry. You can always trim your triangle shape in the end. 

row of jack-o-lantern pennants

Hopefully you are still with me at this point because I did the same with all 6 pennants leaving a space of 2-3" between them. 

Now it was time to "antique" the pennants. I used a regular black stamp pad and a soft foundation brush to brush the ink around the edges and across the top of each jack-o-lantern face to give it dimension and an antiqued vintage look. 

jack-o-lantern pennant with ink antiquing and ink pad

row of jack-o-lantern pennants with ink distressing

I used a little drop of glue in the corners of each pennant to keep them from moving down the twine.

gluing corner of pennant


jack-o-lantern pennants with clips

Lastly, I tied black and white ribbon and coffee stained strips of drop cloth fabric between the pennants to finish off the banner. 

jack-o-lantern pennants with ribbons

circle of jack-o-lantern pennants

If you don't know how to coffee stain... all I did was to drop my torn strips of drop cloth fabric into about 2 cups of coffee mixed with about a tablespoon of instant coffee. I left the fabric in the mix only for a minute then wrung it out and hung it to dry. 

coffee stained ribbon on a clothespin spool

I love the vintage look of this cute Halloween banner and it definitely something I will hang in my house year after year. The antiquing technique makes the project!!

banner on fireplace


jack-o-lantern banner on fireplace

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jack-o-lantern banner on fireplace with pumpkins


Halloween banner on fireplace

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Mantel with fall decor and banner


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .