Halloween is on its way once again, and that means it’s time to start dusting off the Halloween decorations and getting the house all dressed up for the holiday. When you are decorating for Halloween, don’t forget your windows! One easy way to decorate your windows for Halloween is by painting them.
Things You Need to Paint Your Windows
You don’t have to be an artist to paint fabulous holiday windows. Cheat by using pages from a Halloween coloring book as a guide for creating the images. You will need a Halloween coloring book, preferably one with large, simple pictures. Dollar stores are a good, cheap source of coloring books, and they are available many other places as well especially during the holidays.
You will also need paintbrushes and acrylic paint. For painting the outline and finer details of the image, you will need a small paintbrush that comes to a point; to fill larger areas of color, it is easier to use a wider brush. Acrylic paints are easy to find. Look for them at art supply stores or craft shops. (The little flip-top bottles of craft paint are acrylic.)
Painting Your Windows for Halloween
Start by selecting your image or images from the pages of a Halloween coloring book. Tape the page to the outside of the window to be painted so that the image is facing the interior. Use tape that will not leave a sticky residue on the glass. Blue painter’s masking tape works well.
Make sure the inside of the window is clean and dry. Using black paint and a fine paintbrush, carefully trace the outline of the image onto the window. Make sure you trace all of the lines in the image. Allow the outline to dry before you move on.
Using the colors of your choice, fill in the rest of the image with paint just as you would if you were coloring on the page with crayon. Be careful not to paint over the outline so that the black paint shows from both sides of the window.
When the paint is dry, make sure you don’t need any touch-ups. Remove the coloring book from the outside of the window and the painting is done!
Prolonging the Life of Your Window Paintings
While acrylic paint will bond to the glass, it will also easily scrape off of the window. Avoid the images prematurely flaking or being scraped off (for instance, by the fingernails of a child) by applying a layer of clear acrylic paint sealer over the finished images. They will stay up until you decide it is time to take them down. If you choose to paint on the outside of the window, you should also seal the finished painting to protect it from the elements.
When it is time to remove the images, use a razor blade or putty knife to scrape off as much of the paint as possible. Take off any residual paint by washing with soap and water.