I’m finally getting around to a bit more fall and Halloween decorating. Today I’m going to share with you how I decorated our front window with some simple DIY vinyl window stickers!
Check out this window!
I absolutely love it! I had this idea in my head of how the window would look once it was finished, and it is EXACTLY as I pictured it in my mind. Yay!
You only need a few things:
- self-adhesive craft vinyl
- scissors or an exacto knife (or a fun cutting machine if you’re lucky enough to have one!)
- printed out design, or some serious freehand art skills!
- a couple strands of orange lights
The great thing about self-adhesive craft vinyl is that it sticks to the windows well (or any surface really), but the bond is temporary so it will pull off easily and won’t leave tons of gummy residue.
I printed out a few clipart images of a cat, a bat, and a spooky tree. Did you know that if you print an image using MS Paint you can tell it to print the image across multiple pieces of paper? And it will just blow up the image for you? Automatically?! It’s amazing!
I taped the printed image together, then cut it out to use as a stencil of sorts for the vinyl.
I traced the cat shape onto the back of a roll of vinyl. Obviously this cat is bigger than a normal roll of vinyl (12″) so I cut it out in a couple of pieces. Since the point of this whole thing was to see the silhouette from outside the window, it doesn’t matter if your vinyl is in a couple of pieces that overlap.
Once I had all the pieces cut out for the cat, the bat, and the spooky tree, I started cleaning the windows. You want to make sure your windows are clean (ish) before you attach the vinyl so that it sticks well.
Next you need to stick your vinyl pieces to the window. If you have more than one piece like I did, make sure there aren’t any gaps between your pieces and that the edges of the design line up properly. If you have someone to help you, it will make this part go much faster! I did it by myself and it took a long time to get it all lined up straight and pressed on flat without bubbles etc. Ah well, next time I’ll make sure JM is around to help!
You can see the overlaps in this picture if you look closely at the branch. But you’d only ever see them (and those dang tiny air bubbles!) if you look closely from the inside.
Once all the vinyl was on the window, I hung up some orange-colored lights I found at Walgreens around the outside edges of the window.
It looks great from outside, even when the string of orange lights isn’t plugged in!
Sorry for the blurry pictures! Without a tripod it’s hard to take a clear picture at night when your shutter is open for a full second.
But it looks fabulous and I’m just thrilled with how it turned out!
I was starting to feel a bit behind in my decorating, seeing all the awesome posts around blog-land with everyone else’s fun fall decor. But I feel a bit more caught up now!
Have you decorated for fall or Halloween yet? Do you have favorite decorations you put up each year, or do you change it around every time?
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