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Silhouette Curtains

Add a spook-tacular touch to your windows for Halloween with easy-to-make silhouette curtains.





  1. Step 1


    Enlarge the templates onto paper using the grid method (for instructions, see below), and cut out. Trace the outline on the cotton-polyester fabric.

  2. Step 2


    Fill in the outline with dark-gray housepaint. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

  3. Step 3


    Place the chiffon over the painted fabric. Holding the chiffon and painted fabric together, fold over, and stitch the top 2 inches to create a pocket for a curtain rod. Hang curtain on window, silhouette and chiffon side facing out.

  4. Step 4

    When templates like the ones here require enlargement beyond the capabilities of a photocopier, use the grid method. First, decide on the size of your finished product. Next, draw a grid that size, proportionate to the grid on the original template with the same number of squares. Finally, with a pencil, draw what you see in each square of the original template onto the corresponding squares of the enlarged template.

Martha Stewart Living, October Fall 2000



Reviews (17)

  • Lesley Edwards 24 Sep, 2012

    I am so glad I found this! This will look amazing in the front windows this year! Also, I had noticed that people were commenting about the loss of loved ones on here. I understand how it is to lose someone, however this IS Halloween, the only time people can use this stuff as a creative outlet and the gorier the better. Now, the only way I could see anyone being offended, is if the shadow figure WAS an exact replica of the person who passed :( This one above is obviously NOT its just for FUN!!!

  • Leea Herriman 21 Sep, 2012

    Outstanding idea, got two windows it would look great in, agree it might not be to everyone's taste but she has so many more ideas that might work for you. Happy Holloween to one and all.

  • Dana Christensen 26 Aug, 2012

    The person hanging is awful. My son died this way and countless other people are suicide survivors who are thrown back into the tragic memory due to thoughtless things like this.

  • kristinakalamity 21 Oct, 2011

    Love this! My 9 year old girl picked this out after getting an account for me on here. Perhaps the person had a bad experience that this reminded her of? In which case Im sorry. But just move on and choose something else..
    But don't forget the origin of All hallows eve. To scare off the creatures and spirits of the night !

  • MadameDuVrai 27 Sep, 2011

    Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride has a hangman. If Disney does it, I think you can be pretty sure it's in good taste. It's HALLOWEEN. If some people can't handle that, they should stick to Christmas and leave everyone else alone.

  • TrashyT 20 Oct, 2010

    If you don't like the hanging person.Draw something else like a floating candelabra,chandelier or another shadowed person.

  • pugdoglovesme 26 Sep, 2010

    I dont understand why someone hanging would be in bad taste. and i agree, he is not hanging it is the sashing on the window

  • Maureen217 17 Sep, 2010

    Also, I don't think the man is "hanging", it's just the line from the window....which in my windows it would work, since I don't have the vertical line.

  • Maureen217 17 Sep, 2010

    This is awesome!! I am a Halloween lover (in my 50's) who likes to be scared a little bit, and this would certainly do it for me!! I want to try it.
    P.S. Negative comments aren't don't have to make it if you don't like it.

  • magpieslovestarlight 16 Sep, 2010

    Love the scary windows! Like another said, ignore the finger wagging; Halloween is not about political correctedness at all. It's about scary, spooky and unearthly stuff and the BOO! factor.*I'll make these for the holiday for sure!* love your Halloween crafts and projects, and so do my kids. :-)

  • jkrosey 8 Sep, 2010

    in bad taste

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  • bmorekate 22 Oct, 2009

    Also... since the figure on the left is only legs, and there's no visible "rope," my guess was that they were floating ghosts. Very spooky!

  • doralice 17 Oct, 2009

    Very Hitchcock. Please don't let your creativity be inhibited by finger-wagging 'shame on you's, Martha and Staff. I think it's awesome and I may try it this year!

  • atodaray 3 Oct, 2009

    I can't wait to really get the creepy curtain effect. The scarier the better if you ask me. I like the hanging man, very spooky.

  • AxysSally 3 Oct, 2009

    Get a life Mrs_Newlywed.

  • teamblock 28 Sep, 2008

    Great craft! I made these curtains and they turned out wonderfully. If you don't want to sew, you can also purchase cheap, ready-made curtains at IKEA. I bought their least expensive white curtain for $9.99/pair and their least expensive sheer curtains at $4.99/pair and they worked well -