I got a bit behind over the summer with making monthly window transparencies, so decided to make a seasonal transparency this time that can stay up a little longer. One benefit to having window transparencies that we observed this summer is that they are a great way to prevent birds from hitting your windows. Did you know that:
For birds, glass windows are worse than invisible. By reflecting foliage or sky, they look like inviting places to fly into. And because the sheer number of windows is so great, their toll on birds is huge. Up to about 1 billion birds die from window strikes in the U.S. each year, according to a recent study. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Ever since we started putting window transparencies up on our large family room window, we haven’t had a single bird run into it, as opposed to before that when it was a weekly occurrence.
This free printable autumn window transparency template is for your personal use only. As with all my window transparencies, the supplies you need to create this autumn window transparency are:
- Black cardstock
- Large sheets of kite paper (tissue paper works also)
- Glue stick or paste
- Self healing cutting mat
- Craft knife
- Precision scissors (optional, but helpful for trimming up any lose pieces of paper)
The first step to making this transparency is print out all three templates:
If, once you begin, you find that you are having trouble with cutting out any of the pieces, here are some tips that I have picked up:
- Use a self healing cutting mat to protect your work surface
- For cutting, use a soft grip craft knife with a #11 blade
- Cut the smaller inner pieces first when working on the frame
- Use your right hand (or left hand if you are left-handed) to pull the knife towards you and your other hand to guide the paper (if you try to steer the knife or cut away from you or side-to-side, you can end up breaking the blade or making the paper tear)
- If you want some practice, this site has a paper cutting practice printable
Next cut out the autumn window transparency frame from black cardstock.
Use glue to attach the large light yellow piece of kite paper to the back of the frame.
Now cut out the rest of the kite paper pieces, 2 red, 2 orange, 2 orange/yellow, and one light yellow, using the templates above. Glue these pieces on in whatever order you like best. Attach your transparency to your window with double-sided tape.
So, what do you think? Want to try making a transparency? It is fairly easy, once you have the right materials. So go ahead and give it a try! Also, check on my Pinterest board below for more window transparencies.