The Raven free printable banner and art … the perfect addition to your creepy Halloween decor!
I’ve been fascinated by Edgar Allen Poe since I was a kid. My husband and I even visited his Philadelphia home last December now.
Of all of Poe’s work, The Raven always comes to mind first. This creepy poem is especially suited to this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate some imagery inspired by The Raven into my easy Halloween decor.
I love creating seasonal banners to hang over my fireplace, so I decided that was going to be my project. The Raven free printable banner and art that I created is full of scary birds, a spider, and even a rat. “Nevermore” embellishes an ornate banner, and the framed art is simply a few poem verses.
The Raven free printable banner and art I put together turned out super creepy … the perfect homage to the dark themes of Poe’s poem!
- The Raven printables (file links are at the end of the post)
- card stock
- transparent tape
- bakers twine
Print The Raven printable files on card stock, then cut everything out. This part is easy, but tedious, so put on your favorite TV show before you start. There are lots of little details; don’t worry if you miss a few nooks and crannies.
Once everything is cut out, lay out the pieces using the picture below as a guide:
- The two unique birds go on either side of the Nevermore image.
- There are six birds with their wings up in the air. They go on either side of the Nevermore image. Line them up from small to large (see birds in lower left corner below).
- The spider goes below the Nevermore image.
- I attached the owl and the rat to my mirrors, but you could add them to the picture frame or use them somewhere else.
Of course, you can always design your own layout … get creative with it!
I had limited space to hang my banner, so I placed everything close together. However, you could leave more room between the birds or even print another copy of the printable and add extra birds.
Flip everything back over and attach the ends of the string to the wall (tape it up or hang it from command hooks).
Some of my birds didn’t want to stay in place, so I placed tape loops behind them and pressed the tape into the wall. Removable mounting squares would work great for this, too.
I wanted the poem to have a used look, so I crumpled the paper before framing it. You could try other ways of aging the paper as well, such as tea staining.
To display the poem, I used a an 11 x 14-inch frame with a 5 x 7-inch mat opening, but an 8 x 10-inch frame with a smaller mat (or no mat) will work, too. It will just have more white space around the image.
Note: For best results, print the PDFs on letter-size card stock. When your printer dialog box opens, make sure that the box under “Paper Size & Handling” is marked “Actual Size” (not “shrink oversized pages” or “fit to page”). That way your printer won’t shrink the image size.
How are you decorating for Halloween?
P.S. Check out my other Halloween decorating ideas and recipes, too!