This is my favorite time of year. Not only is the fall here, when the air starts to get crisp and cool and the leaves change into a plethora of beautiful colors, but my favorite holiday ever is just around the corner. I absolutely love Halloween; the dressing up, the candy, the spooky feelings and getting scared. I can’t wait to go to the local haunt each year, which pulls in crowds from all over the state, and I really get into picking out the perfect costumes for the kids.
But overall, the best part about this holiday, and the rest of the year, is decorating my house. I have a lot of decorations for inside and out, and each year I add something new. It’s a collection I’ve been working on for a while, and something that the neighborhood kids look forward to each year.
So when I sat down to think about what I would add this year, my thoughts strayed to my all time favorite holiday movie – the Nightmare Before Christmas – and I knew that whatever I did, it would have to be related. That’s when I put together the need to get something to decorate my windows, with a simple strand of BrightTouch lights, and the idea of Nightmare. The result is simple, yet really neat, and I’m going to tell you how to do it for yourself.
What You’ll Need:
1 Black Posterboard
1 Strand Warm White BrightTouch Fairy String Lights
1 Package Orange Tissue Paper
Scissors or an exacto knife
Safe cutting surface
What To Do:
The first thing you want to do here is to draw your design on the black posterboard. The design shouldn’t have too much detail, as it will ultimately be just a silhouette. I decided that I was going to do Mr. Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. Lots of silhouette type pictures already existed online, so I just looked one up and drew one freehand based on what I saw.
I used scissors to cut the outside carefully. Then I used an exacto knife on a self healing cutting mat to cut the inside eyes and mouth out so that I didn’t accidentally cut too far. As you can see, the design is simple, but definite.
Because we have an older house, with windows that aren’t flat panels of glass, I decided to put the cutout on the outside of the window so the beams wouldn’t block any of it. Because I knew it would be subjected to the weather, I covered it with plastic wrap before taping it securely in the place where I wanted it. I used the corner so that it looked like he was looking out the window from inside.
Once the cutout was secure, I covered the entire window with orange tissue paper. Be careful here, because it can rip easily. I used packing tape to secure it, since it sticks better than regular scotch tape. I used the existing window structure as a divider so that no edges were flapping around and so that everything was taped together securely. If you do happen to tear a piece of the paper, just tape another piece behind it. This is a very forgiving project, so no need to tear it all down if you rip the paper.
The last step is probably the one that will take the longest. Carefully unroll the lights and tape them along the outer edge of the window frame on top of the tissue paper. I did this to a ‘normal’ sized window, and I was able to run the lights around it a little over two times. Just keep running them until you run out of lights, but make sure the plug part is in range of an outlet so that you can plug them in.
Once you have the lights in place, plug them in and wait for it to get darker outside. Once it does, go outside and check out your creation!
It’s a pretty awesome idea and you can do something as simple as I did, or something far more intricate such as an entire scene on a larger window. Whatever you do, just use black posterboard, backed by orange tissue paper, and one or two strands of warm white BrightTouch fairy string lights.