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Halloween Dangler Greeting Cards

What you will make:

These free-standing Halloween cards, with ghost or jack-o'-lantern danglers, serve double-duty as a greeting card and a fun decoration for Halloween. Make several for your friends and family and some for yourself. The danglers also make terrific treat bag tags and small party favors—just print and cut out.

The technique of making 3-D cards with danglers is featured in the Dangler Cards tutorial from Aunt Annie's Greeting Card Class. See this tutorial for detailed instructions, and if you are new to card making, review the Greeting Card Class tutorials for ideas and basic techniques. For how to make envelopes, see the Four Patch Cards tutorial or see the Envelopes to Make craft project for envelope templates and instructions.

Here's what you need:
  • Cardstock: white, blue and/or orange
  • White computer paper
  • Black thread
  • Bead: 6 to 8 mm
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • 1/8" hole punch
  • Optional: Sewing needle, craft knife and cutting mat, black marker

This project is rated AVERAGE to do.

How to Make Halloween Cards with Danglers

Read through the instructions before starting.

Scroll down to see the instructions for all three card designs. All the card options use digital paper that you download and print on white paper or cardstock. The second card, Ghost dangler with more ghosts, is made exclusively of digital paper and white cardstock. The other cards use the digital papers in combination with colored cardstock. Tip: You may find it easier to make the danglers using the pattern for two-sided paper danglers.

#1: Jack-o'-lantern dangler with ghosts
Halloween card with jack-o'-lantern dangler
Decorative paper:
Danglers:
  • Two tall jack-o'-lantern danglers
Solid color paper or cardstock:
  • Blue or purple cardstock
  • White paper or cardstock

Prep work: Cut two 4¼″ by 5½″ rectangles of blue cardstock, and a 4¼″ by 5½″ rectangle of Eerie Green Ghostly Ghosts. Print the Halloween Dangler pattern on white cardstock. Cut out two tall jack-o'-lanterns from the Halloween Dangler pattern. Glue the jack-o'-lanterns back-to-back and trim away any white showing around the edges.

To assemble card: Follow the instructions in the Dangler Cards tutorial, steps 2 thru 5 and step 7. Use black thread to hang the dangler and a sewing needle to punch a small hole for the thread in the jack-o'-lantern stem.

#2: Ghost dangler with more ghosts
Halloween card with ghost dangler
Decorative paper:
Danglers:
  • Two green ghosts
Solid color cardstock:
  • White cardstock

Prep work: Print Ghosts on blue ePaper on white cardstock, and then cut two 4¼″ by 5½″ rectangles from it. Print the Halloween Dangler pattern on white cardstock. Cut out two green ghosts from the Halloween Dangler pattern. Glue the ghosts back-to-back and trim away any white showing around the edges.

To assemble card: Follow the instructions in the Dangler Cards tutorial, steps 2 thru 4 and step 7. Use black thread to hang the dangler and use an 1/8" hole punch or a sewing needle to punch a small hole for the thread in the top of the dangler.

#3: Large jack-o'-lantern dangler
Halloween card with large jack-o'-lantern dangler
Decorative paper:
Danglers:
  • Two large jack-o'-lanterns on yellow
Solid color cardstock:
  • White cardstock
  • Orange cardstock
Miscellaneous supplies:
  • Black marker

Prep work: Cut two 4¼″ by 5½″ rectangles of orange cardstock.  Print the Halloween Dangler pattern and Bats on blue ePaper on white cardstock. Cut a 2" by 3" rectangle from the Bats on blue ePaper. Cut out two large jack-o'-lanterns on yellow from the Halloween Dangler pattern. Glue the jack-o'-lanterns on either side of the Bats on blue rectangle.

To assemble card: This card is horizontal instead of vertical. Follow the instructions in the Dangler Cards tutorial, steps 2 thru 4 and step 7. In step 2, fold the 4¼″ by 5½″ orange cardstock in half crosswise and cut a 3" by 1¾" template to trace for the opening. Use black thread to hang the dangler and use an 1/8" hole punch or a sewing needle to punch a small hole for the thread in the top of the dangler.

That's it! Make one of the cards or all three! Halloween cards with danglers

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to make the card.
  • Think about the person getting the card and the card's sentiment.
  • Think about the card and imagine how it will look.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Halloween pop-up cards

Related crafts: Make pop-up cards for Halloween, see how in the Halloween Pop-Up Cards craft project.

Halloween pop-up

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Pattern: This printable pattern includes Halloween-theme images that are sized for a 2" by 3" rectangular dangler. Just print, cut and glue.

Colored · Black & White
Extra: Use this pattern to make paper, two-sided Halloween danglers. Print the pattern on paper, cut out a dangler rectangle, fold in half on dashed line, and glue layers together. If you like, cut out the jack-o'-lantern or ghost shape.

Example dangler cards

Related project: make more dangler cards for other occasions, see how in the Dangler Cards tutorial from Aunt Annie's Greeting Card Class.

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