Halloween Window Silhouettes

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After dark with a back light

After dark with a back light

Halloween home decorations can get very pricey. I was at Home Depot and saw a dragon for the yard. It was around $300. Of course it was huge and breathed flames through a fogged atmosphere, but still. If you don’t have a fortune to spend on Halloween, this simple window project is perfect. You can make it for pennies and for almost any size window. It requires a white plastic tablecloth from the dollar store, a computer with a graphics program and printer paper. Find a free black and white Halloween image or stencil online, or combine several images and print them out. The image you choose may be copyright protected. It is your responsibility to determine if it is in the public domain and if you can legally use it.  If you have drawing talent, you can outline an image on the plastic to the exact size then use black craft paint to fill it in. The possibilities for fun window decor are endless. Light behind the window puts the images in spooky silhouette.

Directions

step 1 - Open an image in a drawing program and enlarge it to fit inside your window space. I created mine in the Silhouette Design Studio Software. I also cut the images on the Cameo 3. Use a craft knife if you don’t have a machine.

step 1 - Open an image in a drawing program and enlarge it to fit inside your window space. I created mine in the Silhouette Design Studio Software. I also cut the images on the Cameo 3. Use a craft knife if you don’t have a machine.

step 2 - My sidelight window measures 57” tall and 10” wide. If you have an odd size too, keep in mind you don’t need to find one single image to fit. Your art could be several images combined. I added a single creepy tree beside a haunted house image then included a separate witch and bats above it.  step 3 - Print the black images to size on regular printer paper. My haunted house and tree were too tall for my printer so I printed them in sections then taped them together. You can also glue them if you allow enough overlap on the cut edges.  step 4 - Cut the white plastic slightly smaller than the inside of your window frame. This will allow you to tape the plastic to the frame without any inside light showing outside. Use Scotch transparent tape.  step 5 - Spray adhesive to the back of the cut images and stick them to the plastic panel. You can alternately tape the images to the plastic. The tape may be more noticeable.

step 2 - My sidelight window measures 57” tall and 10” wide. If you have an odd size too, keep in mind you don’t need to find one single image to fit. Your art could be several images combined. I added a single creepy tree beside a haunted house image then included a separate witch and bats above it.

step 3 - Print the black images to size on regular printer paper. My haunted house and tree were too tall for my printer so I printed them in sections then taped them together. You can also glue them if you allow enough overlap on the cut edges.

step 4 - Cut the white plastic slightly smaller than the inside of your window frame. This will allow you to tape the plastic to the frame without any inside light showing outside. Use Scotch transparent tape.

step 5 - Spray adhesive to the back of the cut images and stick them to the plastic panel. You can alternately tape the images to the plastic. The tape may be more noticeable.

step 6 - Tape the top edge of the plastic to the inside of the frame. Check to be sure it is hanging straight and will meet on both side edges. Tape the sides and the bottom to the frame.

step 6 - Tape the top edge of the plastic to the inside of the frame. Check to be sure it is hanging straight and will meet on both side edges. Tape the sides and the bottom to the frame.

step 7 - Position a light behind the window at night. The silhouettes will display dramatically outside the house.

 

Supplies

At Craft and Dollar Store

  • White plastic Dollar Store tablecloth

  • Printer paper

  • Scotch Transparent tape (also spray adhesive if desired)

  • light

Miscellaneous

  • Computer graphics program

  • Craft knife or stencil cutting machine

  • Halloween images


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