I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these window silhouettes and I managed to find a tutorial this year! They’re so adorable that I wish I had tried them sooner. Next year, I’m going to make an entire graveyard silhouette for the big window at the front of the house. Halloween craft #5: Halloween Window Silhouette!
My cat once again decided to be “helpful” while I was putting the template together. When paper is within 100 yards of her, she feels it is her duty to sit or lay on it. This makes crafts tricky.
- 13 sheets white printer paper
- 12 sheets black card stock
- Glue stick
- Silhouette Template
- 6 sheets of orange tissue paper
- Measuring stick/tape
Note: The window I used had two 29″ x 25″ window panes, so the template I used and the supplies listed here are for a silhouette of those dimensions.
Step 1: Print the Silhouette Template onto the white printer paper.
Step 2: Cut out the template. Note that the pieces you want to keep are numbered. You do not need to cut out the first page of the template, that page is to guide you when you start assembling the template.
Step 3: Place the template pieces on top of the black card stock and trace around them. Cut out the pieces. Keep your template pieces in case you need to identify where the silhouette pieces belong.
Step 4: Starting with piece number 1, arrange the silhouette pieces in order on a flat surface. Use the first page of the template to guide you if you aren’t sure where a piece goes.
Note: The pieces will overlap slightly. This is a good thing.
Step 5: Use the glue stick to attach the pieces where they overlap. The silhouette is now assembled!
Step 6: Use the measuring stick/tape to measure the height of your window. Once you have the measurement, locate that spot on the silhouette. Draw a straight line across the silhouette and cut along that line.
Note: If the line is in a bad place (like in the middle of the owl or through a tree branch), you can add an extension to the bottom of the silhouette which will push the rest of the tree up, above the split in the window panes.
Step 7: Use the tape to secure the silhouette to the window pane and frame. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to see the tape on the window pane from outside.
Step 8: Tape the orange tissue paper to the window frame, over the silhouette. Try not to overlap the pieces of tissue paper because the overlap will be evident from outside.