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   Headless horseman Halloween window silhouette Posted by Jo 
September 3, 2012 
Jo
 

We happen to live in a neighborhood named “Sleepy Hollow”, and that lends itself well to decorating for Halloween! We have a neighborhood party every year and last year, Little Jo fussed at me that we didn’t have many decorations out for the event. Well, she was right. I always go all out for Christmas, but Halloween just hasn’t done it for me in the past. I thought I would try a bit harder this year and decided to try my own window silhouette. Playing off our neighborhood name, I chose the headless horseman as my subject.

I started by printing the image I wanted to use on regular paper. I needed it large enough to fill a window, though, so I reached for our new Tracer Jr. projector from the Madison Art Shop. Let me take a minute to tell you how much I love this projector. It’s compact, affordable, and super easy to use. All you have to do is turn it on and set it on top of your image. That’s it. No computer hook-up needed!

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I taped a large sheet of black paper (you can buy rolls at a craft store or a teacher supply store) onto the wall and projected the image right onto it. Then I used a pencil to quickly trace the design.

Halloween window silhouette

This silhouette looks amazing in my dining room window! The projector made it so easy. The hardest part of this project was cutting it out with an X-acto knife. I used regular tape to adhere it to the inside of my window, with the black side of the paper facing out. Once I turned the light on in the room, the silhouette was so clear in the window. I love how it turned out and Little Jo approves!

Halloween window silhouette

4 comments so far:

  1. Robert said: (September 13th, 2012 at 9:22 am)

    Great job on the headless horseman! I wonder if it would look cool with a strobe light backlight? Nice work!

  2. Chica said: (September 14th, 2012 at 10:52 am)

    Robert, a strobe light is a fantastic idea! I used to have one… wonder if I still do somewhere…

  3. JaneEllen said: (October 2nd, 2012 at 1:22 am)

    Both of those projects are so awesome. Makes me want to make something. NO sense making great Halloween projects tho as nobody comes to our neighborhood for trick or treating. Kinda miss it.
    I remember what fun our 4 kids had every year. One year both sons and couple friends dressed up as Kiss and boy did they do a great job on the makeup and their costumes. I was very impressed. I miss all the kids that lived in our neighborhood then and were all friends of our kids. It was alot of fun and have great memories of all those Halloweens.

  4. Chica said: (October 2nd, 2012 at 7:18 am)

    JaneEllen, I’m facing the same dilemma as you this year — the neighborhood we just moved to never gets any trick-or-treaters. I’m not sure if it’s even worth decorating! I might wait to see what the neighbors do. Meanwhile, I’m going to go trick-or-treating with my niece on Halloween so that I can at least get some fun out of the holiday :)

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