DIY Halloween Window Decor With Vinyl And Lights

I love decorating for Halloween; it’s one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! Today I’m going to share with you a simple Halloween window decor idea using black vinyl and orange string lights!

Halloween Window Decor: Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

I absolutely love it! And it’s pretty easy to recreate this look for yourself!

Halloween Vinyl Window Decals

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 (I found mine at Walgreens)

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.

Halloween Window Decor- Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

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 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!

Halloween Window Decor- Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

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.

Halloween Window Decor- Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

Once all the vinyl was on the window, I hung up some orange-colored string lights around the outside edges of the window.

It looks great from outside, even when the string of orange lights isn’t plugged in!

Halloween Window Decor: Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

And when you plug the lights in it looks fabulous and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Halloween Window Decor: Decorate a window with black vinyl and orange string lights!

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? If you’re looking for some other great fall crafts, recipes, and decor ideas, you can check out the rest of my fall posts here!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Kelly at Smart! School {House} says

    8 years ago

    Thank you for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday with The Melrose Family and Smart! School {House}. I had to share this on G+ It’s so cool!

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Glad you like it! And thanks for sharing it!

  2. Andrea @ This Pug Life says

    8 years ago

    I love this, I might have to give it a try this year. How would you go about storing them to use next year?

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      If you keep the backing paper when you put up the decals, you can just stick the decals back onto the backing to store them. Or you can stick them to the shiny side of some wax paper to keep them safe in storage. Good question!

  3. Leah says

    8 years ago

    That window looks great, Jessi!

  4. Feral Turtle says

    8 years ago

    I really love your window. Looks amazing!!! Found you at CHQ Blog Hop and am your newest linky follower. Hope you come by….www.feralturtle.com Cheers

  5. Jeanette says

    8 years ago

    LOVE This! I’m going to make some for our front windows. I especially love the orange lights that you put inside the windows. I never thought of doing that! Pinning this one!

  6. Leslie says

    8 years ago

    I love your decals! Where did you get your vinyl because I have been thinking of doing some handout decals like this. I am not lucky enough to have a machine either. Stopping by from Craft & Tell, following you now!

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      I bought the vinyl online because I wanted a roll of it rather than just a few printer paper sized sheets. I bought mine at Expressions Vinyl (http://www.expressionsvinyl.com/) because they had good prices, selection, and availability, but there are a ton of online shops out there that I’m sure you can find with a quick Google search for “craft vinyl”. 🙂 Shipping wasn’t too expensive and it showed up about four days later, so it worked well for me!

  7. Audrey says

    8 years ago

    Wow….that looks great! I’m almost tempted………. 🙂

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      Haha, you should do it Mom! It’s easy and cute and totally removable once Halloween is over!

  8. Katie says

    8 years ago

    I was wondering what people used craft vinyl for. NOW I KNOW. That window looks ah-mazing!

    • Jessi says

      8 years ago

      There’s tons of other things you can use craft vinyl for too, but I think the funnest (yes, funnest!) is making window decals! But I have some ceramic canisters in my kitchen that I plan to make little labels for, now that I have this vinyl. It’s basically like a giant, fun, cut-able sticker!

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