Pumpkin Banner With Lights: Fall Decorating Ideas

There is something about fall decorating that brings a sense of peace, calm, and warmth to my heart.  And in a time of so much anxiety and uncertainty this fall season, I wanted to bring in some extra “light” and love this year.  This pumpkin banner has added just the right touch of happiness to our home, and has given us a subtle light that shines bright every night!  Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that bring us the most joy!  Amen!  Ok, let’s get to this super easy 3-step tutorial and let the smiles begin.  Pumpkin Banner With Lights:  Fall Decorating Ideas.

 

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Pumpkin Banner With Lights: Fall Decorating Ideas

SUPPLIES:

*** For Alternative DIY Pumpkin Banner: 

  • use pumpkin stencil or foam pumpkins, whole punch, and jute string

I found my white wooden pumpkin banners at Target last year, and here is what they look like.  Mine have 7 pumpkins/banner – just a FYI.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

Let’s get to the easy 3-step tutorial.


Pumpkin Banner With Lights: Fall Decorating Ideas

Easy 3-Step Tutorial:

#1:  Tie 2 Pumpkin Banner Strands Together

#2:  Hang Pumpkin Banners On Top Of Mirror

#3:  Hang Fairy Lights Onto Mirror


3- Step Tutorial

STEP #1:  Tie 2 Pumpkin Banner Strands Together

The first thing you will want to do is take your pumpkin banners and tie the ends together – on one side only. 

This will give you one long strand. 

  • My banners are 5 ft. long x2 = 10 ft long. 
  • I just wanted to give you and idea how long it really is.

My mirror dimensions are: 

  • 53″L x 35″W 
  • so the one long banner is 10 ft. (120 inches)L , over double the mirror Length dimensions.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

My white pumpkin banners came with a jute string already attached, and had loops at the ends (picture above).    

These loops came in handy for me to simply tie the strands together and make a pretty little bow.

If you don’t like bows, just tie the ends together, and tape the jute string onto the back of your pumpkin.

This will help hide the ends.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

TIP:  If you are making the banner DIY style (with foam or card stock), just punch 2 holes at the top of the pumpkin to thread your string through (picture below).  

It’s super easy – right?

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 


STEP #2:  Hang Pumpkin Banners On Top Of Mirror

Now that you have one long banner, it’s time to hang it onto your mirror.  

Start in the Top Left corner, and simply hang (or loop) the jute string around that corner frame. 

You will have to kind of play around with spacing, and how long you want the banner to hang.

TIP:  I put the middle pumpkin (one with bow) in the center of my mirror, and then hung the left side onto the frame corner. 

Then I just pulled a little here – and there – until I liked the way it draped down.

BONUS:  Don’t forget that you can slide the actual pumpkins around on the string at the 2 punched holes!!  So, if one doesn’t lay flat on the corners correctly,  move them up or down so they work!

You can also move them around on the mirror too.  I moved some closer together, and then spaced others farther apart. 

This adds a lot of focal interest – so that they aren’t spaced out evenly – love it!

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

And then drape onto the Top Right corner.

Sorry I forgot to take pictures without lights, and then when I figured it out – I didn’t want to take the lights off – LOL!  

Yep – totally a slacker!!

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

The middle pumpkin hangs about 15″L down (in the center), so maybe about 1/3 of mirror length. 

This will give you a reference point if you want it to have a soft draping look to it. 

My banner is just slightly hanging to the left, so the middle pumpkin tilts a little off-centered.  And that fits perfectly with my “off-centered” personality!!

That’s just the way I roll 😉 

TIP:  You can always drape the banner so that it lays asymmetrical also (really cute!), and then you don’t have to worry about it being centered at all!

Then, simply tape the ends of the jute string to the mirror. 

You can tape other sections down too if you want.  This just helps the banner from staying put while you attach the lights – trust me.  

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 


STEP #3:  Hang Fairy Lights Onto Mirror

Now, it’s time to attach your fairy lights.  You will basically follow the same steps as the pumpkin banner.

Find the middle of the lights (or somewhere close) and match that area up to your middle pumpkin with bow.

Then you will hang the lights onto the Top Left frame corner and just “bend” the wire to make loops or waves that thread in and out of the pumpkins.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

This “bending” allows the mirror to reflect more of the lights.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

Since the fairy lights are longer than my banner, they hang all of the way down to the bottom of the mirror.  And it really makes a beautiful cascading effect with the entire vignette – (happy surprise)!

I did have to readjust them several times so that they would look even on both sides.  So, just be patient with this part – lol!

Then I just tucked the battery box behind my mirror to hide it.  This worked out easier because I am using a leaner mirror.

TIP:  If your are using a wall-mounted mirror, just make sure you have somewhere to put your box when hanging these lights.  You could place it on an entryway console, buffet, or even a dresser.  

Christmas lights can work too – you’ll just need an electrical plug nearby.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

YOU ARE DONE!!  TURN YOUR LIGHTS ON & SMILE!!

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

Left side.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

Right Side.

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

Don’t forget about how fun they are at nighttime too!  

They add just a little touch of whimsy and provide such a soft golden light – right?

*** hmmmm:  I tried taking pictures at night with the flash on – and let’s just say – they did NOT turn out – at all (UGH)!!  So, these are “almost nighttime” pictures. 😉 ***

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

And it really looks so warm, cozy, and inviting with all of the candles glowing from our fall centerpiece – that post is coming soon!

pumpkin banner with lights: fall decorating ideas

 

I hope you found some inspiration and can’t wait to hear how your pumpkin banner turns out!

Have a Very Happy Fall Everyone!! 

Love & Fall Hugs 🙂

 

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