Painted parchment paper or wax paper makes the perfect backdrop for a piece of spooky Halloween silhouette art.
Here’s another cool Halloween Silhouette project for your kids to try! The process is similar to the one we used to make our fall leaf silhouette window art the other day.
We’re using paint and parchment paper (wax paper works too) again for today’s project, but this time, instead of cutting pieces out of the painted paper to create the silhouettes, we’re using the painted parchment as the background for our silhouettes.
The process for painting the parchment paper is fun, and because the paper is translucent, when you hold it up to a window, even though it’s painted, the sun shines through it, making it perfect for a piece of silhouette art.
You can see what I mean in this next image. Look how the sunlight illuminates the layer of paint on the parchment paper.
The silhouette project you see here is quite simple with just a few pumpkin and bat silhouettes, but there’s no limit to how detailed you can get with your own piece. Your kids could create a spooky haunted house scene with trees, clouds, moon etc. or they can use the background make a non-spooky fall skyline silhouette.
Whatever design you choose, your halloween silhouettes will look lovely hanging in a window in your home or classroom this fall.
How to Make Halloween Silhouette Art with Painted Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
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- Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
- Acrylic Craft Paints (we used yellow, peach, orange and rust)
- Paint Brush
- Expired Credit Card (or a stiff piece of thin cardboard with a straight edge)
- Black Construction Paper or Card Stock
- Glue or Glue Stick
Time needed: 1 hour
Halloween Silhouette Art with Painted Parchment Paper
- Paint parchment paper
Drizzle several shades of paint on to your parchment paper. Swish a paint brush back and forth through it to loosely blend the colours and cover the paper.
- Scrape off excess
Use an expired credit card or gift card to scrape off any excess paint and to further blend your colours. Set aside to dry.
- Cut out shapes
Cut Halloween shapes out of black construction paper or card stock (think: pumpkins, bats, cats, ghosts, tombstones etc).
Glue the shapes to the painted parchment paper.
- Hang in a window
Tape your Halloween silhouette art to a window, stand back and marvel at how magnificent it looks when the sun shines through!
You May Also Like Our:
- Fall Leaf Silhouette Art
- Smoosh Painted Pumpkin Art
- Painted Jack-O-Lantern Art
- Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catchers
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