Haunt Your House With Window Monsters!

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Introduction: Haunt Your House With Window Monsters!

About: My love of making things started young, with a mom who was always coming up with projects and a dad whose tool collection still gives me envy. I got my love of bright colors from mom and my love of working wi…

It's October, which means it’s time to haunt your house! If you want a fun Halloween DIY with a small time commitment and big impact, you can make yourself some window monsters in just an afternoon! We get SO many compliments from people walking by and trick or treaters on these. They are so fun and super easy to make!

The best things about this DIY are that literally anyone can do it, and precision is not at all required. With just a good piece of cardboard and a few other easily accessible materials, you can haunt your house with some Halloween window monsters!

Supplies

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Cardboard (old cardboard box or foam board will do)

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Step 1: Draw Your Monster Design on Cardboard.

The GREAT thing about this DIY is that precision is NOT needed. There’s no wrong way to draw a monster, and even if it does look a little “childish,” that’s actually fine! Keep in mind that the longevity of your monster is dependent on selecting the right piece of cardboard.

Grab cardboard and a thick sharpie and follow these steps:

1. Select the right cardboard, ideally a piece that has as few folds as possible.

Note: for smaller monsters, foam board works really well. For larger monsters, a box from an appliance or other heavy duty item is ideal.

2. Google for inspiration to find a monster design you want to imitate.

3. Draw the outline of the monster on your cardboard.

Note: If you’re working on a larger piece and want to avoid indentations on the cardboard from your knees, you can kneel on a thin board, which will distribute your weight. We didn’t worry about this but wanted to share.

4. Don’t worry about making corrections like making the bottom wider, adding in arms, adding spikes, etc. Any extra lines will be covered when you paint it black anyway.

5. Once you’re happy with your monster drawing, you can move on to the next step!

Step 2: Cut Out Your Monster

Now your window monster will really start to take shape! Before you begin, keep safety top of mind! Always be cognizant of where the blade of the box cutter is in relations to you and your fingers.

Grab a box cutter and follow these steps:

1. Cut out your monster, following the general shape of your outline.

NOTE: Be careful to not bend the cardboard as you’re trying to cut through it completely. The fewer bends you make in the monster, the longer it will hold up.

2. Cut out all parts of the monster, including holes for the eyes.

3. Save the eye cutouts for later.

Step 3: Paint Your Monster

Once your monster is all cutout, it’s time to paint it! We’ve found that black, flat spray paint works well for this.

Grab a can of spray paint and a drop cloth and follow these steps:

1. Find a well-ventilated area to paint your monster. We went outside in the yard.

2. Lay down a drop cloth or something else to protect the surface you’re working on.

3. Paint the entire front of the monster.

4. Paint around the edges and ensure that there are no light spot on the body.

Note: Cardboard tends to soak up paint, so you may use more than you think.

5. Let dry according to the instructions on your paint can.

Step 4: Decorate the Eyes

This is totally optional, but it adds some color to your monsters!

Gather the following materials: colored translucent paper or cellophane, scrap cardboard, sharpie, packing tape, craft glue.

Follow these steps:

1. Cut your see-thru paper or cellophane so it overlaps the eye holes. Again, precision isn’t necessary here.

2. Tape the tissue paper in place.

Note: if your tissue paper is quite thin, you may want to tape all across the tissue paper to add more rigidity in the opening.

3. Cut scrap cardboard in small circles to make the pupils for the eyes.

4. Use sharpie to color the pupils black.

5. Glue the pupils to the tissue paper.

Step 5: Repeat to Fill Your Windows (and Have a Happy Halloween!)

Once you have your monster, you can now relegate it to the window for all to enjoy! Don’t forget to make a few more to give it some friends and fill the rest of your windows. 🙂

If you liked this project, please head over to JustMightDIY.com for more tips, tutorials, back stories and more. And if you’re interested in checking out more of our tutorials, check out our Instructables profile or head over to our YouTube channel.

Happy Halloween!

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14 Comments

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JDVentura
JDVentura

Question 9 months ago on Step 5

What did you use to hang them in the windows?

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Answer 9 months ago

The big ones are just sitting on the window sills. The bats are propped up as well. The one hanging upside down is attached using command velcro strips. :)

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puppeterry
puppeterry

9 months ago

What an inspiration! Thanks so much!
I'm using black foamcore and running Sharpies along the edges.
So glad I saw this.

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 9 months ago

Oh yay! Post a picture when you're done. Our smaller ones (the bats and one of the squiggly arm ones) are made of foamcore. It's a great material to use. :)

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tgreig1
tgreig1

Question 9 months ago on Introduction

I found when I painted a large cardboard project, it really made it warped. I had to paint both sides while still wet so one side didn't pull too hard on the other side. I used latex paint with a roller though so maybe it won't act the same. Maybe spray paint doesn't saturate the cardboard as much.

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Answer 9 months ago

Interesting! I’ve only ever used spray paint and never had warping issues. It might be that the latex paint is water based and spray paint is oil based.

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shalnachywyt
shalnachywyt

9 months ago on Introduction

This is awesome. I saw something like this driving through town last night. The owners had placed a spotlight on the "monster" which was on the window on the top floor of their home. I was startled, but then a big grin came across my face.
My house is hidden by trees (Privacy! Yes!) but I've considered putting up two "poles" which some realistic human heads on them. New take on the old "keep out! No tresspassing!" sign? Hey! It worked for the ancient Celts! :)

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 9 months ago

Ha! Decorating for Halloween is always so much fun. So glad you like this project, and definitely make those poles! 👻

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tomascco
tomascco

9 months ago

I've been doing this for a few years. It adds a touch of spooky to the house, but not enough to scare away the little ones. And I usually introduce them one window at a time so the kids in the neighborhood get a kick out of who's coming up next.

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 9 months ago

Oh how fun! I may have to do that next year when it’s time to put them out! Love your monsters!

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AnandM54
AnandM54

9 months ago

Ha ha ha ha really fun Halloween monsters...wow...extraordinary idea!!

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 9 months ago

Thank you! So glad you like them!! Beat it all, they’re so easy to make!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

9 months ago

I love how you added little pops of color :)

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 9 months ago

Thank you! The color really pops at night!