Halloween is one of the most photographed holidays and these pictures translate into millions of Halloween scrapbook pages,
invitations and greeting cards, and other paper crafts each year. This collection of free Halloween silhouette patterns makes it easy to make your own elegantly spooky paper embellishments. I have also included below an idea for using the black cat silhouette to make a Halloween card or party invitation. Remember that you can click on any image to see it full-size and in greater detail.
Saving and Using Silhouette Patterns
Silhouettes are the outline of an image. These are frequently cut from black paper and used as a simple but elegant embellishment on scrapbook pages, greeting cards, and other paper crafts. This collection of silhouettes designed by Jennifer Schmidt contains 11 different images all themed around Halloween. You can re-size each image to make it fit your project. You could cut them from solid black paper as shown here, cut them from glitter paper, or even choose patterned papers to fit your project or theme. To save each pattern to your computer, click on the small picture to open it full-size. Right click on the full-size image and select save as. Close that window and you will be back at this article so that you can save the next silhouette pattern. Remember that these images are free for your to use but they are copyright protected, so if you would like to share these with other crafters you can simply pass along a link to this page so that they can save them for themselves.
This black cat has just enough details to give it a distinctive feline shape, and yet it is simple enough to make it easy to cut out. This is the cat that is used for the Halloween party invitation idea linked to at the end of this article. How to Use Silhouettes
1) Print them out on regular office paper in the size desired.
2) Roughly cut out around the image.
3) Adhere the office paper image using repositionable adhesive to the black cardstock.
4) Carefully cut through both the office paper and cardstock to cut the image out in detail.
You can find more ideas for using silhouettes in the Silhouette Marching Band Instruments Free Patterns
Witch's Hat, Broom, and Cauldron
The witch's collection contains a hat, broom, and cauldron.
Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern
This pumpkin is the same shape used for the Halloween Chipboard Book
here on About.com Scrapbooking. You can turn it into a silhouette of a jack-o-lantern simply by cutting out the shapes for eyes, nose, and a mouth. I also used this pumpkin shape as an extra-large background shape on a Halloween Scrapbook Page.
These houses could be spooky or cute depending on how you set the stage around them. Glue some bright yellow windows on them and add Halloween decorations to the page and they become spooky houses. Put a line of them across a cheerful card with the message "We Have Moved" and they are perfectly friendly houses. Mount them on stakes and you have cheerful spring bird-houses.
This twisted looking, bare tree is definitely spooky. Add the owl above or a bat below and it will be extra creepy.
Here is one more scary tree option. Black birds would be perfectly at home on this tree. You can find bird patterns in the Trees and Birds Free Patterns
section here on About.com Scrapbooking.
A Halloween collection would not be complete with out a scary bat. This one has its wings stretched out in full flight. A yellow full moon (punched circle) with black bat flying across it would make a perfect Halloween party invitation or scrapbook page background.
This simple Halloween card idea would make an ideal party invitation. The card has only 5 parts, making cutting and assembly both quick and easy. You can find complete instructions with measurements in the article Halloween Black Cat Party Invitation Card Idea.