Favorite Wilde Quotes

~I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.~

~Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.~

~I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know
anything about.~

~Oscar Wilde



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Decor, DIY Vinyl and Cbsession with Crows~

I've been really thinking about stenciling, lately -checking out my blank wall space, wondering... Then I began thinking about vinyl, maybe some branches, and birds -crows in particular. Then I wandered over to Kimberly's interesting post using contact paper, and the rest is history!

I found an inspirational picture from the newspaper, of all places. (I have some ideas for a moon, but haven't gotten to that yet.)

You will need some standard black contact paper, pencil, permanent marker, repositional glue (I used Scotch 3M repositional glue stick), tape, scissors and any desired silhouette shape. I Googled "crow silhouette" to find the shape I used.

Print out your shape on standard printer paper, and glue it to the colored/non-sticky side and cut around it. Of course for the image to face the opposite way, just place on the backing side. :) If you are going to use your silhouette a lot, maybe use cardstock instead.

Since I wasn't sure how close I could come drawing out the tree I had in mind, I started off with pencil and traced over that with the marker.

I taped the tree to the wall and kept moving the branches around until it was "just right" then peeled the backing off a bit at a time. Because the color is solid black, I had no problems adding to the length of some of the branches and the too narrow parts of the trunk. I even made the trunk longer -sorry not pics of these developmental fixes!

A few leaves for the finishing touches, and that's it. My tree is so inviting, but I guess not tall enough to entice my crow over to it!

I let the light fade too much and had to lighten the first photo a bit, then added leaves to the tree and tried the flash.
And here he is around the corner, sitting on another picture.

Have you tried this before? Let me know what you come up with! I'm off to write to Magic Cover (contact paper company) and ask them to make more solid colors to choose from...

I couldn't leave well-enough alone, and had to try some more silhouettes! All of the shapes or patterns I found were via Google. If you have any problems, I would be happy to help you out. I added a Skull, a pair of Witch's Boots (stockings included), and a Witch Flying Past the Moon. ~

For the Witch, I drew a circle on clear contact paper and colored it with a sponge and alcohol inks. I cut it out at set it aside. I added the Witch directly onto the moon. If you look closely, you can see that I added the broom handle separately. I should have just extended it from her body instead of setting her over it -she has a line-bump! Oh well.

I am linking to:
The Thrifty Home
Someday Crafts
Frou Frou Decor


  1. That is adorable! Good job...and very creative indeed!

  2. great idea! i never thought of tracing a pattern off of the computer.. i have done stencil's but not my own, thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome idea! They all look great. So contact paper comes right off when you're done then? It doesn't mess up the wall? Interesting. I am stopping over from Poppies at Play. Thanks for doing the giveaway over there.

  4. Excellent question, Carmen! So far, the walls are just fine -I just checked. :) I should also mention that our walls are textured, and painted with an eggshell finish.

  5. Hey, thanks for stopping by my little-o-blog.
    I just love vinyl. Great job on all your projects! :)

  6. Those are really neat!!!! I really need one of those machines!!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  7. Love all you Halloween vinyl! Makes me wish I had done more Halloween decorations! Yours is so cute!

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! Love the tree....it looks like 'Spooky Hollow!'

  9. I just ADORE that tree with the falling leaves!! The crow too! The picture with your hutch and apples is just beautiful.. very warm and inviting.
    Thanks for stopping by today too!

  10. Excellent work. Carmen! So far, the walls are just fine, I should also mention that our walls are textured, and painted with an eggshell finish.
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