This is my second year making Halloween window silhouettes. They are such a fun, cheap, easy way to get your house festive for Halloween!
Last year I made googly-eyed monsters and aliens but when selecting this year’s images, my three-year-old begged and begged for me not to do anything scary.
I tried to sketch out a friendly witch, but couldn’t get the head to look right. So I opted for some animals.
The owl was pretty easy, the ghost was very easy, and the cat was the most difficult (but still way easier than a person).
The entire process is fairly easy, depending on how artistic you are and how intricate the creatures you choose are.
Here’s how to make DIY Halloween window silhouettes…
Black poster board
Large cutting board
Images of the creatures you want to create
1. Search the Internet or Pinterest for “Halloween window silhouettes.” Select a few that you think will be manageable to sketch.
2. Measure the window space you will be using. Mark off how much space you have on the black poster board using your pencil so that you don’t create a silhouette bigger than the space you have to work with.
3. Using the image you found as a guide, sketch out an outline of the silhouette on the poster board. If you do not feel capable enough to sketch it without any guidance, you can always print out your design and trace it.
4. Place the cutting board under the poster board. Carefully use the X-ACTO knife to cut along the outline you drew on the poster board.
5. Tape the silhouettes on your window.
Note: You can see the tape in the pictures I took, thanks to the camera flash. You can’t see it when you’re outside just looking at it or driving by, however.
To make the silhouettes visible at night, place lamps or spotlights right behind the windows.
If even these simple instructions scare you away from this craft, just make some ghosts and bats. They are foolproof. You don’t even have to cut out eyes for the ghost. Just make him a shapeless blob. Your kids will love it.