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Project

Spooky Bird Silhouettes

Set an ominous scene with these monstrous birds, who greet visitors in the form of silhouettes (drawn and cut from black plastic WeedBlock). The otherworldly light comes from green bulbs pointed at the windows inside each room.

Introduction

Tip: Semi-sheer fabric makes a good backdrop for the birds.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Hem fabric panel and sew channel in top for a curtain rod, if desired (or you can simply tack the furnished panel into your window frame).

  2. Step 2

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    Use our bird templates to create one of our silhouettes: Enlarge the templates so you can see the details of the pattern clearly. Determine how wide you want the image in inches; divide that width by the number of squares in the template's width. That number is the size you should make each box in the grid.Use a straightedge and chalk to draw the grid on plastic WeedBlock (available at garden centers). Then draw the figure freehand with chalk, copying each portion of the image square by square.

  3. Step 3

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    Cut out bird silhouette. Apply glue around edges of bird and center of fabric panel. The silhouette panel can be used year after year.

Reviews (2)

  • RavensCraig 23 Oct, 2013

    Love the Bird Windows -- Saw them years ago onthe front of a magazine and had to have them. My neighbors adore them too. It is the trademark decoration here on Ravenscraig....

    I made mine with an overhead projector on the weed preventor fabric on sheers fabric. THis year I am hanging them behind my sheers that hang on the rod with the mini clip on curtain rings. During the day I can put them to the side to let the light in and at night they cover the window for the spooking effect!

  • monumentallybusy 16 Sep, 2012

    I used Aileens Fabric Glue and glued the silhouettes down with newspaper underneath. The glue was incredibly sticky and lots of bits of newspaper stuck to the back of the fabric. Doesn't make for a nice looking backside which faces the interior of our apt. I would advise using something that might peel off better, maybe wax paper?? The steps-to-do show the glue on a wooden floor. Not sure how they got around the glue drying but not having the backing stick to it.