- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the patterns you want to use. Download and print the pattern(s) on computer
paper or cardstock. The decorations can be made of computer paper,
cardstock or construction paper, while it is best to make the
jack-o'-lantern mask with cardstock. When decorations will be seen
from both sides, like in a window or door, the cutouts are best made
from colored construction paper or computer paper that is treated
How to Wax Paper. Outdoor cutouts are more durable when
made of cardstock or paper that is
treated with wax.
Related craft: See Aunt Annie's
Ghost Garland craft project
are a selection of ghost templates.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut
Cut out the pattern on its black outline.
If you are using construction paper for your decoration, use the
cutout as a template by tracing around it onto a piece of orange or
black construction paper. Cut around the traced outline.
Tip: Use a white pencil to trace on black paper.
Tip: If you plan to color black & white cutouts
printed on white paper, color the cutouts before cutting them out.
- Step 3: Cut or Draw Details (optional)
For construction paper cutouts, add details to your cutout using
the printed pattern as a guide. The bats and spiders need eyes and
the ghosts need eyes and a mouth. When displaying the cutouts in a
window or door, you may want to cut or punch out the eyes.
For the jack-o'-lantern cutouts, you can either color the eyes,
nose, and mouth black, or you can cut them out. If you are making a
mask or a decoration to hang in the window or door, cut the eyes,
nose, and mouth out.
- Step 4: Finish
Use tape or repositionable adhesive to hang your decorations in a
window, or a door. Use tacks for a bulletin board or to hang the
cutouts on a wall. The ghosts look great hanging from a string.
For a jack-o'-lantern mask, add a piece of string to each side of
the cutout. Use tape or punch holes and tie the strings to the mask.
Put the mask on and go scare someone!