One of my main projects for Halloween 2018 was to tackle a big wall in the OneandSeventy hallway.
Right now as you enter through the front door, you’re greeted by three pieces of handmade artwork (you can see them in this post) that last year, I Halloweenified with webbing, creepy holographic images, and homemade bats.
It looked great and The Cauldron Inn’s visitors loved it, but I have this vision of a full-on Victorian Gothic mansion complete with ornate wallpaper, moving pictures and Gothic arch windows.
Although tantalisingly close, the wallpaper and moving pictures might have to wait another year, but hey! One out of three ain’t bad!
I was going to make my Gothic arch windows from cardboard but a much simpler route presented itself when one of Suzy Homemaker’s Insta-buds posted a picture of the Soho Window Mirror from Home Bargains. It was only £6.99 and its 69cm by 34cm sizing sounded ideal, so I immediately dragged Beloved to check it out.
How to turn Arch Mirrors into Gothic Arch Windows
First things first, remove the mirror.
Simple screws held everything together and I discovered the mirror was actually in sections, making it very easy to disassemble.
I wanted my Gothic arch windows to look rather more stone than plastic, so I hit the frames with two coats of Rustoleum Black Granite Stone spray paint.
As they dried, I turned my attention to the creepy images. This was the tricky part – how to print pictures at home that would be big enough to fit the windows.
Putting Creepy Images into Windows
I had a vague idea about printing a large image onto multiple pages, but I was only aware of the technique in principle. I feared this was going to involve much measuring and calculations, neither of which are my forte.
As it turned out, it wasn’t difficult at all… for a Photoshop user.
Clearly, not everyone is so if you want to make windows of your own, you’ll need a high-resolution image and a method that suits you. A quick YouTube search for “print large image to multiple pages” will return loads of tutorials so check those out.
Alternatively, head over to my crafty soul sister Alex at Me & Annabelle Lee who, in yet another case of curious timing, recently published a gorgeous project that described not one but two other ways of doing this.
Alex and I appear to have an uncanny knack for posting similar projects, techniques, or inspiration at the same time.
How to print a large image onto multiple pages in Photoshop
- Measure the back of the frame.
- Create a new, custom size document in Photoshop the same size as the frame.
- Design or import your image. I made mine by combining this gorgeous cemetery photo from Pixabay and some creepy images I found on Google.
- To divide your image into multiple pages, first select your image using the SLICE tool (you’ll find it with the crop function).
- Right-click and choose DIVIDE SLICE.
- Choose the number of pages you wish to print. For my purposes I chose x2 horizontal and x4 vertical, giving me 8 pages. You’ll need to decide how many you need for your window.
- Click FILE>SAVE FOR WEB. Your image will be magically sliced into the number of pages you’ve chosen and saved into a new folder called “images” within your destination folder.
- Print your newly sliced images, remembering to adjust the orientation if needed. I printed mine on landscape.
How to make a large image on a home printer
Once your image is divided into separate pages, it’s just a simple cut and paste job to put them all back together and create one large picture. It pays to be methodical about this, just to ensure sure you cut and glue the right bits. This is what worked for me…
Trim your pages:
Above, you can see we have 2 images, left and right. Remember, I sliced my image into 8 pages, which is 4 rows of 2 images. You need to trim the white space so your images fit together.
Starting on the bottom row and working your way up…
- Trim the TOP of each image.
- Trim the LEFT side of the RIGHT image.
Do the same for all your images.
Glue your pages:
- Before you crack open the glue, position the cuts within your window to make sure you’re happy with the final layout.
Again, starting from the bottom…
- On the LEFT image, brush PVA onto the RIGHT white space.
- Line up the (now trimmed) right image to the left image and stick. You now have 1 row.
- Move onto row 2 and follow steps 4 & 5 above. Once your rows are glued, it’s time to glue the rows to each other to form the complete image.
- Brush PVA onto the white space at the bottom of row 2 (see image above).
- Line up row 2 with row 1 and stick.
- Continue up the rows until you have a complete image.
Assembling your Creepy Gothic Arch Faux Window
- To trim the image so it fits in your window, position your window over the image, draw around the frame and cut with scissors.
- Glue the image to the mirror backing, trimming off any excess, then screw the backing onto the frame.
In the daylight, you may be able to see joins but they will soon fade from view in a dark October hallway, lit only by Hogwarts-worthy Hanging candles and eerie lighting courtesy of Hue Halloween.
And here they are complete.
Apologies they’re not dressed in all their creepy glory, but I wanted to bring you this project early, to give you plenty of time to try it for yourself.
Well… it IS only the beginning of September and even I haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet!
As always, I hope you like this project. I realise it’s not always easy following a written tutorial with lots of steps, so I hope it’s clear. If not, let me know by dropping a comment below or if you have any questions, get in touch directly via the contact page.
A hui hou,