Halloween Outside Decorations

Do You Like Our Halloween Pillow Toppers?

It's that time of the year to think of Halloween outside decorations. Do you decorate your porch for Halloween?

We are decorating our porch for Halloween with some super fun pillow toppers. This is the first time I tried my hand at painting Halloween pillows and I loved it.

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I never drew a friendly witch before or a cute owl, but I was pleasantly surprised that they turned out nice enough to show you.

I will admit I don't draw very well without looking at something. So, I looked at clipart for inspiration.

Whether you want spooky Halloween decorations or a more fun, lighthearted look, you can conjure up your own motifs or themes for your Halloween pillow or banners.


Our Halloween pillow toppers - ghost, witch, owl and black cat


We're happy to share with you how we made these Halloween pillow toppers for our front porch. We made four of them and they are part of our Halloween outside decorations.


Our Halloween pillow toppers - ghost, witch, owl and black cat
See how cute they look on our porch?



Watch the Black Cat Pillow Topper Get Painted

I started our Halloween pillow toppers by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth and then another smaller circle inside the large circle for the moon

I started by drawing a large circle onto a piece of white fabric. Actually this fabric is a bandana. I found a package of 10 plain white bandanas for $2.00. I thought that was a steal.

Typically though, I would use heavier fabric like painters cloth or duck as they hold up better for pillow toppers. But the price and the fact that these bandanas already had finished edges is what compelled me to go this route.

The large circle is simply my motif for all four of the pillows I made. I will be calling it the "sky". The smaller circle is the moon. I used plastic lids and a permanent marker to make these (pencil might be wiser though).


I painted the moon a bright yellow with acrylic paints and then started painting the background purple on my black cat pillow topper

Using acrylic paints (those little bottles of craft paint), I painted the moon yellow. I forgot to get the photo immediately after that, so then you can see I started painting the sky purple.

Be sure to protect the surface you are working on as the paint may seep through especially with thinner fabrics.

Notice that my painting materials are very humble. Just a paper plate for my little puddles of paint. I used two different shades of purple to give it more interest.


The moon and background are completely painted now on my black cat pillow topper

Now you can see the sky (i.e. background) is done in purples!


After drawing a black cat onto paper, I put it on my drawing so that I could trace around it.

I drew a black cat on a piece of white paper and cut it out to use as a template for my painting. I used clip art to inspire me.


I traced around the black cat with a marker.

I drew around the black cat with a permanent marker. Now it's time to paint.


The black cat pillow topper is done.

I painted the cat black then added a little gray to give the little guy some visual interest.

Then to finish the painting, I added some white clouds across the moon and some purple swirls just for fun.


Video: Watch How We Made Our Pillow Toppers (Under 2 minutes)

Pictures of my Halloween art as I did it; watch to see how it evolves!



Watch the Friendly Witch Pillow Topper Get Painted

I started by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth that measured 22 x 22 inches

Just like the black cat pillow topper above, I started out by drawing a large circle and then a small circle (using lids and a marker).

Then I drew the witch into the drawing. I used pencil for that first as I'm not especially skilled with faces. I was even able to erase the pencil on the fabric as I adjusted the drawing.


I started by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth that measured 22 x 22 inches

I painted the background a bright orange color and started painting her hat. Rather than a black hat, I thought purple would be fun.


I started by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth that measured 22 x 22 inches

I used a couple shades of purple to complete her hat. Oh, and gray for the band that goes around it.


I started by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth that measured 22 x 22 inches

Poor little witch got a green face and blue hair! She makes a cute outdoor Halloween decoration.


I started by drawing a circle onto a piece of white cloth that measured 22 x 22 inches

Lastly I painted the moon yellow, added some clouds of gray and some fun orange swirls!


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And so on for the Owl and the Friendly Ghost

Owl pillow topper just getting started Owl pillow topper getting painted


owl pillow topper - added tree branches in Completed Halloween owl pillow topper - cute!

Same idea here. Circles first, owl template, tree branches and swirly swirls



ghost pillow topper started with 2 circles, ghost ghost pillow topper with some of the painting done


ghost pillow topper almost done finished Halloween ghost pillow topper

Again the same idea. Circles first, ghost, moon, sky, swirls. I used a couple shades of blue for the "sky". So fun!


Our Halloween pillow toppers - ghost, witch, owl and black cat
See how cute they look on our porch?



Our Halloween pillow toppers - ghost, witch, owl and black cat

Dave and I have enjoyed a bit of Halloween porch decorating.

Will you be making Halloween pillows for your porch, too? If so, we'd love to see them.


Our Halloween pillow toppers - ghost, witch, owl and black cat

And the owl is part of our Halloween outside decorations. At night, he lights up.





Video: Fun Halloween Outside Decorations

Dave and I want to show you these very fun Halloween porches we had the pleasure of seeing.


Autumn and Halloween outside decorations galore!







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