**Update - You can see a short video of our ghost fading in and out in this post. The video seems temperamental, some times it appears & other times it is MIA. Try again later if you don't see it.
Sorry, this (blurry) picture is the only I could find of our house with silhouettes.
Close up photo of one of the ghost (& our witch).
- For our original ghost silhouettes, we cut heavy duty poster board to the size of 3 of our windows.
- We came up with a simple ghost design & decided where on the window we wanted to position our ghost heads. This was important for us, since our window is broken into 4 sections by cross bars. Once the position was decided, we cut the outline of the ghost's head in each piece of poster board. Two of our ghost are facing or leaning one direction & the third the other direction. This adds some interest & keeps them from all looking exactly the same.
- We then cut cheap white fabric a little larger than each of our cut out ghost heads & glued them securely (if I remember correctly we used a glue gun), making sure the fabric was taut as you glue it down.
- I then painted the "C" shaped (or reversed "C" shaped) eyes on each ghost face with dark gray paint. This would be painted on the finished side of the silhouettes. Keep in mind if you have crossbars in your window, as we do, and take this into account when deciding on placement of the eyes. *Tip - I can't remember exactly where (possibly Martha Stewart?), but I'm pretty sure I read that you should always use dark gray paint for silhouettes, since black paint is too dark. As you can see in our pictures, the dark gray appears black anyways.
- We taped the silhouette into our windows, making sure there was no light seeping around the edges.
- We just took two very thin piece of wood and sandwiched them together to cut our shape out.
- Painted the sides that would be visible with dark gray paint.
- Stapled the fabric taut on the unpainted side of our cut out silhouette.
- Glued the unpainted sides of the 2 thin pieces of wood together (sandwiching the fabric between), and painted the eyes on the each ghost. Our new ghost look finished on both the inside and outside.
One of our updated ghost.
The old one shown first & the updated one shown second. The new one has a handle, that you may have noticed near the top. We use this handle to hold on to this large (just shy of 5 feet across) silhouette, since we have to climb a ladder to install it.
- Blessings, Tracy