Love Edgar Allan Poe? Then you're going LOVE this free Raven Halloween Decor inspired by Poe's famously creepy poem, "The Raven"! These free printables are the perfect addition to your home during the spookiest season of the year!
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Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by Edgar Allen Poe. My husband and I have even visited his homes in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore!
Of all of Poe's work, The Raven always comes to mind first when I think of him. 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 Halloween decor.
I love creating seasonal banners to hang over my fireplace, so I decided that was going to be my project ... and I can't wait to share it with you! There's a Nevermore Banner, printable verses from The Raven poem, and some spooky art featuring scary birds, a spider, and even a rat that you can use to decorate your walls.
Together, these creepy Halloween decorations are the perfect homage to the dark themes of Poe's poem! Keep reading to get them for yourself.
Would you like to make your own banner and art inspired by The Raven? Here's what you'll need:
- The Raven printables (find the printable PDFs at the end of this post)
- card stock
- transparent tape
- bakers twine
How to Assemble The Raven Printables
Starting by printing the PDFs 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!
Once you've created the layout, flip everything over and tape the two unique birds and spider to the Nevermore image.
Use the tape to attach the string to the back of the Nevermore image and the birds with raised wings, as well.
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.
I think the owl and the rat on mirrors are so fun and add to the creepy vibe!
Rats are everywhere in New York, so I guess it's appropriate that I have one in my apartment ... thankfully it's fake!
Download the Free Raven Printables
Click anywhere on the images below to download The Raven poem, banner, and graphics:
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.
More Halloween Crafts
Looking for more Halloween ideas? Check out these projects next:
- Mini Witch Hat Headband
- DIY Mummy Halloween Card
- Halloween Craft Party
- Printable Halloween Banner ... boo!
- 20 DIY Halloween Craft Ideas
- 25 Easy Halloween Ideas
- Edgar All Poe "The Raven" Printables