Today we’re going super cheap and super high impact with spooky eyes in the windows!
When I moved to the country that first year I bought several bags of candy, got my porch all ready and turned on the light. Nobody came. Not even the little neighbor girls! As my favorite holiday it was something I had looked forward to all year and it was a total and complete bust. Turns out all of the country kids load up into a big van and go trick or treating “in the city”. I was irritated and down on everything all about this sucky Halloween.
But this year I’ve decided that I’m going to decorate for Halloween for me. Who cares that no little ones come up to my door? Nowadays I instead make the 3 hour trek to my sister’s and we take the boys trick or treating. It’s every bit as much fun… maybe even more because I’m with my two favorite little kids in the whole world.
So this year I started making spooky eyes in the windows and decided that it would make a good tutorial since the project is super cheap and super easy. Let’s get it.
For this project you will need:
- black poster board
- X-acto knife
- tissue paper (I used light yellow because it is what I had but I’d go bright yellow or orange)
- watered down glue or decoupage
- electrical tape
- black marker (optional)
Measure out your windows to determine how much posterboard you will need. For most of my windows, which are pretty standard sized I would need 3 pieces of cardboard trimmed as needed to fit nicely. For the window I used as an example, I only needed a single piece.
Lightly draw and cut out some creepy looking eyes from the poster board. A Google search for “spooky eyes” is a big help!
Take a black magic marker and run around the cuts to take away the glaring white edges. This is, of course, totally optional unless you’re nit-picky like me.
Cut pieces of tissue paper that are slightly bigger than your eyes. Use watered down glue or decoupage brushed onto the tissue paper to cause it to stick down to the cardboard. Allow to fully dry.
Place the cardboard in the window and tape it down with electrical tape (it’s black so you won’t notice it on the other side of the window). My first go I used old, old electrical tape and it kept peeling away through the day. I wound up using a brand new wrapped up roll and several days later, the poster board is up with no issues whatsoever.
When it gets dark out, turn on the light in the room and you’re all set! If I do this again, I’ll use different colored tissue paper to get bolder results.
Will your house be sporting some super easy, super spooky eyes?