When my daughter was much younger, I was very much into all sorts of crafts. I especially loved decorating for the various holidays because she loved what I came up with for decorations. These DIY Halloween Cut Out Decorations were one of her favorites.This project takes more time than most of my craft ideas, but it gives you a set of decorations that you can store and reuse year after year. The neighborhood kids will love them!
DIY Halloween Cut Outs
One being happy with just one decoration (call me an over achiever!), I decided to do a full set of large Halloween cut out decorations to put on your front lawn.
I have a limited amount of talent for painting but it takes me a long time to get perspective right. So, for this project, I purchased a dollar store Halloween coloring book.
I found the images I wanted and put a grid over the pages so that I could make a larger template. The next steps were fun. Jess colored the photos of the pictures we had chosen the way she wanted them. I applied a grid to the photos in the coloring book.
The next step was to take two large pieces of newspaper and make lines with markers on it to give me an idea of shape and how to paint the project when it was done.
Note: Power tools, electricity, and other items used for this project can be dangerous unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety protection. Please use extreme caution when using power tools and electricity. Always wear protective equipment, and learn to use your tools before you start any project.
My husband took over next. We laid the newspaper template on a piece of chip board and he used his jig saw to cute out the shapes.
I added grid lines to my cut out using a pencil.
Using the two grids that I had prepared, I just got out weather proof paint and painted the design as closely as I could following the grid patterns. These are the designs I ended up with:
This ghost never fails to delight the children who come for trick or treating time. For another easy Halloween ghost be sure to check out how I added wiggle eyes to my old man cactus to make a Halloween ghost for my next scary party.
And here they are all lined up. The kids in our neighborhood just love them!