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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  1. Jessi this is terrific! Hugs

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

    • 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!

  3. Wow….that looks great! I’m almost tempted………. :)

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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!
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  6. 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
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  7. So cute!!

    Thank you so much for joining the CHQ Blog Hop today! We hope you “meet” some other fabulous bloggers…don’t forget to tell a friend to join too, the more, the merrier!!
    xo, Meredith @ http://www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com
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  8. That window looks great, Jessi!

  9. I love this, I might have to give it a try this year. How would you go about storing them to use next year?
    Andrea @ This Pug Life recently posted..DIY: Spooky Halloween Wreath

    • 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!

  10. 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}

  11. I decorate my office and skip the house. Too much going on! Your windows look great!
    Mary@Back to the Basics! recently posted..Eat to Beat Cancer (part 2)

  12. Spooky! I love this idea – especially the cat.
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  13. Wow, it looks amazing!! What a perfect idea for your Halloween window, I love it and will be pinning this for my Christmas inspiration. Thank you!
    Saw you partying at Whimsy Wednesdays.
    Debbie :)
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  14. Maris King says:

    Vinyl Windows are perfect for the house. Love it so much. The cat is very cute. :)

  15. Adorable! And man, are you good with an Exacto knife! (ha ha) :-)
    Camille recently posted..Easy Classic Lasagna

    • Haha, thanks! Lots of practice because, without a cutting machine, everything is cut by hand! It’s a pain, but my skills are improving, so that’s the up-side. :-)

  16. So cute! Love how these turned out!

  17. Cute Idea!
    One tip (one taking photos at a slow shutter speed sans tripod)

    Brace yourself and hold the camera tight and as steady as possible then …

    squeeze the shutter and shoot a half dozen or so frames … and usually one will be in focus!

    As you move about (no one can stay still for that kind of time – there will be that one moment when you are steady enough for a clear shot)

    hope that helps :)

    • That’s exactly what I did! I leaned against a tree, turned on multi-shot, and took a bunch of photos. Thanks so much for the tip!

      • Glad to be of help … I have 2 more slow shutter tips for you :)

        Another way to steady your camera is to hang something a bit heavy from it (maybe a handful of metal washers on a string) this will weigh down the camera and make it more steady

        Another thing you can do for a fun effect (it’s when you “drag your shutter”) is this:

        Use a slow shutter speed on (say a second or so) AND use your flash AND shoot something that has a bit of motion. What you will get is sharpness in the main part of the image (the flash freezes the subject)…. but you will get a (often quite beautiful) blurry fringe around the object that gives the image a sense of vitality and motion.

        (There is also front/rear curtain syncs also that you can play with – you can have the flash fire at the BEGINNING of the exposure or at the END of the exposure – read your manual for this one)

  18. This is such a fun idea. It turned out great and I love how it looks at night.
    Melissa @ Love Bug Living recently posted..Copy Cat Closet – Layers

  19. Wow! That looks amazing!! I will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for the post :)
    Mandy recently posted..Wummer Woman

  20. LOVE THIS!!! Wish a had a nice big window to do this myself. :/
    Karla recently posted..DIY Entryway Light

  21. That is really a cool idea. If we didn’t have cats that would chew the light cords I would totally try this.
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  22. What a great DIY Halloween decor project!! I’d love for you to link up on my blog hop! http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop
    Elise recently posted..SundayFunday Blog Hop #1

  23. This is so cool! Thank you for sharing!

  24. This is so awesome! I need to do this before Halloween! Love it!

    Im featuring this on a Halloween roundup Wednesday :)
    Kelley recently posted..Child to Cherish – Big Ear Piggy Bank

  25. That window looks AMAZING!!! I love it with the string of orange lights. :) Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!! Pinning this.
    Betsy @ Romance on a Dime recently posted..Day 15: How to Clean your Stovetop

  26. love your window looks fabulous

  27. I am so jealous. Can you come to my house and do my windows? This is just too cute. Pinning it!
    Evelyn recently posted..Desert Mountains

  28. I love this so much…featuring you today! XO, Aimee
    Aimee – It’s Overflowing recently posted..Fall Cake Recipes Featured

  29. I love this idea for Halloween decor! Thanks so much for sharing it with Throwback Thursday!
    Paula@SweetPea recently posted..Finding a Storage Solution by Shopping Your Home

  30. I am getting the stuff to do this tomorrow. Can’t wait. Thanks


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