Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

We Halloween makers find inspiration at any time of year and quite often, that inspiration turns into a spooky project. Sometimes, ideas work… other times not so much. Happily, this large Halloween window silhouette was one of my successes and a make I plan to re-use year after year.

This particular project was inspired by this Instagram square posted back in May by fellow UK Halloween obsessive, Wil Prosser.

Halloween Mantel by Wil Prosser @spookywil

Incidentally, Wil is also the obsessive behind arguably, the UK’s biggest Halloween store October31st.co.uk, so if you’re not already following him, you should be!

Anyhoo, I love how Wil uses his silhouette to decorate his 2020 fireplace but the minute I saw it, I knew I wanted to make something similar to go in a window.

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

When I plan my annual Halloween Walk-Through, I always think about how to “hide” certain elements, so it doesn’t spoil the surprise.

Unless my real-life visitors follow me on Instagram, of course, then they’ve got no chance!

Halloween Window 2021 by The Witch at OneandSeventy

Like most UK homes, some of The School House windows face the road and where we’re located in the village, two windows in particular face the direction of the great majority of passers-by. The rest of the year it’s not a problem but at Halloween, it means if I don’t obscure the view, approaching Trick or Treaters are able to see what’s going on inside the witch’s lair.

So this year, I decided to make a large window silhouette for the kitchen side window and I think it worked rather well. Not only did it keep out prying eyes, but it also helped frame my decorations on the inside.

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

Win, win!

Annoyingly, I didn’t take ANY photos on Halloween Night. The weather was atrocious and a steady stream of Trick or Treaters kept me busy, so I just didn’t get time. Luckily, one of the neighbours took a few snaps that hopefully, will give you a good idea how it looked.

Halloween Window 2021 by The Witch at OneandSeventy

Oh! That’s Beloved in the background, who was on Sweetie Station duty!

HOW TO MAKE A LARGE WINDOW SILHOUETTE

What you’ll need

  • Silhouette Design
  • Weighty Cardstock
  • Cutting Machine or Scissors
  • Large cutting mat if required
  • Black Paint (if not using black card)
  • Masking Tape

1. First, you’ll need to design your silhouette.

I used Photoshop to merge three haunted house silhouettes that I found on Pixabay – my go-to site for free images. You may recognise the middle house from my Halloween Shadowbox project.

2. I uploaded my merged image into Cricut Design Space to cut it out on my trusty Cricut Maker.

You can, of course, use scissors!

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

3. Enlarging the design and using the Cricut Slice Tool.

Before the cut, I re-sized my design to the maximum height allowed for a “one-cut” operation using a 24 inch cutting mat. The finished image was 22.5 inches high x 37.649 inches wide.

Cricut users will know that’s way too long for a 24 inch mat, so I had to “slice” the image into sections.

Using the Cricut slice tool to make a Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

4. Once I had my individual sections, I let the Cricut do its thing.

Now because I wanted a large silhouette, I opted to use A2 Mixed Media Paper for this project. Not only does A2 give me a larger medium to work with, its 250 g/m2 paper is a great weight – almost card-like.

A2 Daler Rowney Sketch Pad by The Witch at OneandSeventy

This huge, 30-page Daler Rowney Sketch Book from Hobbycraft has been in my stash for EVER. At £22, it isn’t cheap, but it comes in handy for SO many things – from large or weightier projects like this one, to photography backdrops. I’ve used this pad that many times, it’s been well worth the investment.

5. Tape and Paint

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

Once cut, I taped together the house sections. Knowing I needed to paint the whole thing black, I used masking tape for this.

When I offered it up to the window, I realised the houses weren’t quite tall enough for what I needed. So, I cut a couple of wide strips of the Daler Rowney paper using a craft knife and taped it to the bottom to make the piece taller.

There’s always a work around!!

6. If you’re using black card, you can stop here and admire your handiwork.

Me… I still had a way to go! I grabbed some black paint and gave it a coat on both sides.

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

You can use any kind of paint (this is mixed media paper after all!) but I decided to delve into my pot of Black Magic silk emulsion – something else that’s been in my stash forever. Since 2014 in fact, when I painted the OneandSeventy Guest Room!

I bloody hate waste!

Turned out the silk emulsion was a great choice. Not only did it mean I could use a large brush to get it painted in double-quick time, but the finish offered a bit more protection. It also provided some flexibility that allows me to roll up the silhouette and pack it away until next year.

Bonus!

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

7. Place the silhouette in your window!

Placing anything in The School House windows has the added challenge of condensation.

Seriously, this house is a never-ending source of challenges!!!

Halloween Haunted House Window Silhouette by The Witch at OneandSeventy

With that in mind, I didn’t want to have it leaning up against the panes. Instead, I used wide gaffer to tape it under the window sill and fishing wire attached to the window blind to keep it upright. Taping it on the outside of the window recess also gave me the opportunity to decorate the window sill.

Because let’s face it… I’m never one to miss an opportunity to add more creepy décor!

Halloween Window 2021 by The Witch at OneandSeventy

And this year’s collection of Little Horrors lit up with orange lights was the perfect addition!

And there you have it. A large Halloween Window Silhouette in 7 relatively easy steps. Oh! and don’t feel you have to restrict yourself to Halloween, either. You can easily adapt this project to make all manner of window silhouettes or like Wil, use the idea to create a wall decoration.

In fact, I may do that next year 😉

As always, I hope you liked this project and maybe feel like giving it a go. If you have any questions, give me a shout. Drop a comment below or find me in the usual places on Instagram and Facebook.

A hui hou,

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