Spooky Silhouettes: A Halloween Profile

Spooky Silhouettes: A Halloween Profile

What is with me and embroidery hoops when it comes to Halloween? I wish I could tell you why I keep gravitating to them for Halloween décor projects- such as my spiderwebs and my sweater hoops.

But I don’t have a good explanation- the ideas just keep coming!

So here we are again, a new year, a new project, with an old friend- the embroidery hoop! One of my blogging friends, Distressed Donna Down Home, graciously sent me a box full of hoops that she had collected and thrifted over the years. And while I used her hoops for this project, they really are plentiful at thrift stores. I also think that the vintage hoops that you find at thrift stores are of SUCH better quality than new ones from craft stores.

vintage embroidery hoops at thrift stores for Halloween / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love me some older embroidery hoops from the thrift store!

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DIY Spooky Silhouettes

For this project, I needed to paint the hoops black. So I wrapped the tightening screw on the outside hoop of each pair with painter’s tape, and spray-painted them black.

Spray painting embroidery hoops black for Halloween / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Spookifying the hoops…

But not just any black…SPARKLY BLACK!

rustoleum textured metallic spray paint in Galaxy / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ooooh…black with silver sparkles.

Now- a bit of truth. I had originally planned on using thrifted lace (curtains, tablecloths, etc.) dyed purple as the “canvas” for this project. So, I bought some pieces of a lace from Goodwill…dunked them in RIT-brand purple dye…and they came out pink. Since the bits of lace didn’t have a tag, I have no idea what kind of fiber they were…but whatever they were made of, they weren’t taking on color very well.

So, I scrapped the lace idea.

I then decided to hunt for something in lavender at the thrift store- but when I perused the linens, I came away empty-handed. While I had resigned myself to another trip at another time, I strolled past the children’s clothing department…and saw a pretty little dress. It was on clearance because the previous owner had been a very messy eater and spaghetti sauce had done a number on the top portion.

BUT. The gossamer skirt layer was in pretty good shape. So I decided to grab it and go.

Creating spooky Halloween silhouettes from thrifted embroidery hoops, shimmer fabric, and felt silhouette / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fabric on the cheap!

And no lie, but Cottonball really took a liking to the dress. First he laid on it…then he burrowed under it…and with a little help from me, he eventually wore it.

Creating spooky Halloween silhouettes from thrifted embroidery hoops, shimmer fabric, and felt silhouette / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Project delay…but worth it!

Isn’t he a nut? But such a tolerant nut.

Anyway, back to the project- after trimming off the shimmery top layer of the skirt, I inserted pieces of the shimmery fabric into each painted embroidery hoop.

Creating spooky Halloween silhouettes from thrifted embroidery hoops, shimmer fabric, and felt silhouette / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting my backgrounds ready…

I went on Google and found some printable Halloween silhouettes. I printed them as close to size as I could guesstimate (based on my hoops) and gathered up some black felt. Then, I simply cut out the silhouettes and pinned them to the felt.

Creating spooky Halloween silhouettes from thrifted embroidery hoops, shimmer fabric, and felt silhouette / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Printing some freebie clipart…

Creating spooky Halloween silhouettes from thrifted embroidery hoops, shimmer fabric, and felt silhouette / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And cutting out the silhouettes in felt…

The Spooky Reveal

I cut out my felt silhouettes, attached them to the shimmery hoops with fabric glue, and trimmed off the excess lavender fabric. Ta-da!

Halloween spooky silhouettes DIY repurposed upcycled craft by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Elegant yet spooky…

Super simple but they’ll be perfect to hang in our bay window throughout October! After having my pretty scarf suncatchers there all summer long, I was ready for a seasonal change.

See? Embroidery hoops and Halloween really do go hand in hand! And if you’re looking for more Repurposed/Upcycled Halloween project ideas, check out my full collection here!

Craft on!


DIY Halloween profile silhouettes with embroidery hoops and felt by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com



  1. These are seriously SOOOO cool! I’ve pinned to my fall/halloween board, hope it drives traffic your way! Just genius! 🙂

  2. angelinepeterman says:

    So creative and so cute! I love these 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just love stumbling on your blog over and over again. I’m like, of course its her! Ha You are one of my favs. BTDubs, lol, i love the idea! p.s. cottonball is adorable

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Oh my gosh, and the award for Best Comment of the Day/Week/Month goes to… YOU! Thank you so much for your kindness and support- we all need those every now and again. 🙂 And yes, our Cottonball is way too cute for his own good…and I’m pretty sure he knows it. 😉

  4. I love this idea, they turned out wonderful!!

  5. distresseddonna says:

    Loving, pinning and sharing! Quite the classy Halloween decor. Horror Monster is so glad he donated to the cause.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank YOU for having such a generous Horror Monster. 😉 And let me know if you have any black/white/red handkerchiefs for sale- random question, I know, but I’m looking for a handful for a project!

  6. I love how you used the fabric from clothing as fabric – it reminds me that a friend gave me some old drapes to use for sewing – a la Sound of Music play clothes style!

  7. Very Cute Sarah!!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!

      • Blog question…do you use a plugin to notify people by email when you respond to their comment?

        • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

          I do! It’s called “Comment Reply by Admins Notifier”. I didn’t use it for a long time, simply because I didn’t think to add something like that. But so far, it has worked out pretty well (at least I think it has!).

          • I like that it does that! I will check it out! Thank you for the advice!

          • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

            No problem- I was happy that I could figure out how to respond. The website-side of blogging is still murky for me. Projects & crafting? No problem. Speaking HTML and WordPress questions? Definitely much harder! LOL

  8. Very cu te, I’m sharing with my daughter who wants to get into the tim burton spirit!

  9. Cute, cute, cute….and so clever too. Thanks for sharing your tutorial at VIParty.

  10. This is such a great idea. I love how they still look classy even though they are Halloween decorations. Most Halloween decor starts to look a little cheesy but these are great! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Happy first day of fall!

  11. This might be ‘super simple’ but it is SUPER CUTE! I love it that they appear to be floating!
    Thank you for linking up with the Welcome Home Wednesday at Mid Michigan Mom – that’s how I found your amazing silhouettes 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Sarah!! (I’m a Sarah, too). YES, the gossamer fabric worked out because I like the floating effect…and didn’t plan on it at the beginning!

  12. Cute idea! I love silhouettes for Halloween. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. These are adorable! I love that they are not the typical orange and black Halloween colors. I wonder how they would look hanging on a storm door or sliding glass door.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Lauree!! It’s funny you should say that- I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change color to hang them on our kitchen bay window to see what they look like. 🙂

  14. I love that you used the bottom of the dress for the backdrop. I would have never thought to do that. You’ve got my mind spinning on other things to do like this.

  15. Such a clever Halloween decor idea! Guess what?!? I’m selecting your project as my feature for Welcome Home Wednesdays. Be sure to come check out your work in the spotlight on Wednesday and link up another great idea!

  16. Sarah, they look FABULOUS! I love that you see possibilities in every little thing. Love the kitty’s ensemble too 😉 Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frugal this week. Love, Mimi xxx

  17. How awesome are these!!! Love them!

  18. promisinglypennywise says:

    I love that these are so unique! Pinning this.

  19. These are seriously so perfect! They’re the greatest mix of Halloween while still maintaining some sophistication! Thanks for sharing at the Welcome Home Wednesday link party…we really hope to see you again this week!

  20. Ha! These are SO cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  21. Good Evening Sarah!! Just popping in to let you know your post has been picked as a feature at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Stop by tomorrow morning to see your feature and link up! Don’t forget to grab your “Featured Button” too!

  22. I can’t tell how much I love these! So cute and that cat is hilarious! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your silhouettes at this weeks Halloween Spooktacular Linky Party! Thank so much for linking up! Have a great week!

  23. So awesome! And even quite creepy looking, I’d like to try this beyond just Halloween! Seriously the cat is way too adorable – love it. Thanks for linking up with Welcome Home Wednesday!

  24. These are great! Pinning them on my Halloween board now.

  25. What a creative way to use some embroidery hoops and I love that the hoops have a little sparkle to them.


  26. What a cute idea – so simple yet soooooooo fun! Thanks for sharing!

  27. What a fun way to decorate for Halloween! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark! I’m featuring your Spooky Silhouettes at this week’s party. The party begins at 6am EST tomorrow – hope you’ll stop by to grab a “featured” button and link up again 😀

  28. Such a super cute and simple project! Thanks so much for sharing it 🙂


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