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Hi, friends! It’s the week before Halloween! I love Halloween and typically like to decorate a lot for this holiday, but this year I’m not on the ball because I’ve been a busy little bee creating some great Thanksgiving and Holiday content for you guys! However, I did get festive with our mantel, the only place in the house I decorated for Halloween this year. Next year will be better, I promise.


You guys know the dollar aisle at Target? You know what I’m talking about. I always get in trouble there. A few weeks ago amongst the Halloween decor, I saw a small wood sign with a raven, on a newspaper-like background. I thought it would be a great compliment to the mantel, but it was way too small so I decided to DIY a larger one.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Picture Frame
  • Black felt
  • Craft paper (I used newspaper-looking craft paper from Michaels)
  • Cardboard
  • Glue/Glue stick
  • Chalk
  • Scissors

halloween diy raven art

Start with gluing your newspaper craft paper to the cardboard, cut to fit inside the picture frame. I ripped up the craft paper for a textured and less perfect look.

diy art in progress diy newspaper background

Don’t worry about going over the edge. It’s quicker if you’re not trying to get it perfect and you can trim it after. Let dry.

Meanwhile, use the chalk to sketch your image onto the felt. I wanted a raven, just like the sign I saw at Target, but you can do whatever you prefer. We hand-sketched ours (#motd helped me, and his raven was better than mine haha), but it would be easier to print one out in the size you like or find a stencil.

black felt raven diy art

Glue him to the board and wait 15 minutes. We perched him on a branch and put a moon in the corner. Then put the board inside the picture frame. My frame did not have glass, I actually prefer it this way because the felt makes it thick and the glass creates a glare. There ya have it, an easy Halloween raven DIY! Not too bad, huh? It literally took us 10 minutes. He’s no Mona Lisa but he’ll do for what I was trying to achieve.

Here’s how I styled him on our mantel. I used some other raven props recycled from last year, a black pumpkin, a skull and almost dead roses sitting in a metal candlestick. Easy peasy.

halloween-raven-art framed-raven-art halloween-mantle

What do you think? It’s an easy, little DIY project to jazz up your space for Halloween. Let me know if you decide to take a stab at him or something similar!

DIY Halloween Raven Art

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Hey there! I'm Becky, Tampa-based blogger, stylist and design enthusiast. Follow along as we fix up our eclectic farmhouse and inspire you to live a styled life.

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