Keeping it Simple: SPOOKtacular 2x4 Halloween characters

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SPOOKtacular 2x4 Halloween characters

It's fall and that means it really time for Halloween decorations!! I don't decorate for a lot of holidays, but I do like to decorate for Halloween! So I came up with this for my front door.


This is how I made it:
1) I took a 2x4 and cut it into 5 pieces (I had them cut it at the store, I love that!). They were 18", 10", 9" and 2 that were 8"

For Frankenstein:
2) I painted the wood lime green

3) Then I added some outside black vinyl from Expressions Vinyl for the hair. Then I added a face out of vinyl.

For the mummy:
4) I took a plain piece of wood and added a strip of black vinyl.

5) Then I took some some yellow outside vinyl and cut them into circles with a punch. Then I added some black circles for the eyes.

6) With a glue gun, I added strips of burlap to the wood. I just wrapped the burlap around the wood until it was all covered.

For the ghost:
7) I painted a piece of wood white

8) Then I added a face with black vinyl

For the pumpkin:
9) I painted the wood orange

10) I added a face with the vinyl

11) Then I added a thick stick and raffia to the top. I just glued it on.

For the base:
12) I painted the wood black

13) Then I added the vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette out of orange Expressions Vinyl

14) I then glued the bottom of each character and then placed it onto the base

15) Next my husband drilled a hole into the bottom of the wood

16) Then him and my two year screwed some long screws into the bottom it.

And now it's there to greet everyone that comes to the door!
I used vinyl for the faces, but you could easily paint them on too.

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60 comments:

  1. So stinkin' cute! I love it. This is going on my to do list!

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  2. This is great. It looks really easy. I need to find some 2x4 wood. thanks

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  3. So cute Kays! I went over and put a pin in it! Hope you get a lot of traffic from Pinterest!!!

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  4. OMG... these are so cute.. cute-ghosts :)

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  5. This such a cute idea!! I unfortunately I have no time to decorate this year for Halloween but I am totally stealing your idea next year :D

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  6. what a cute idea...love it..Would love for you to share at my link party "Creative Halloween Ideas"
    http://jeana-marie.blogspot.com/2011/09/creative-halloween-ideas.html

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  7. So super cute!

    -Kelsey
    www.snowconeslollipops.com

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  8. Love! I'd be thrilled if you'd link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/09/wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas-linky.html

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  9. Nice!! Perfect for halloween decorating. I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party!
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  10. So cute! I'd love it if you linked this up to my link party at www.projectqueen.org

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  11. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!
    - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  12. This is SO CUTE!! I hope I can do this soon! I have a bunch of wood left over from a project my hubby did last year:)

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  13. FUNtastic!

    Hi - am your NEWEST FOLLOWER via the Blog Hop - nice to meet you!

    Those are super - really - you could sell them - what a great happy Halloween decoration for anywhere in or outside the house! Your family is lucky to have such a creative Mom!

    Enjoy the weekend -

    Linda
    beachside cottage

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  14. LOVE THESE! *cough PINNING cough*

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  15. These turned out adorable! How cute :) Would love if you would link this up to the Scatter Girls' Fall Front Porch Party going on now! http://scattergirls.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-porch-linky-party.html

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  16. Pinned..So cute Kays...I would LOVE for you to link it at the fall crawl blog party today pweease :)) TY http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-12-blog-party.html

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial! Love to make things form leftover wood!
    :)
    Gaylene

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  18. Popping in from Inspire me Fridays.. very cute idea. I love that Mummy!

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  19. Love, love, love it! I'd get spooktacular chills if you came over and shared this at my Halloween link party at http://igottacreate.blogspot.com

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  20. Hopped over here from The Sasse Life link party, and I have to say these are beyond cute!! I definitely need to make these!!

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  21. Could you send on over the file for the faces! that would be awesome! Mrstiffanym @gmail dot com!

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  22. Would you mind emailing or posting the face files?

    Thanks a bunch! This is too cute!!

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  23. oops...my email is stacey dot mcclure at gmail dot com

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  24. This is so cute! I love the little faces! How fun.

    I'd love for you to link this up to my Monster Mash Bash Halloween link party! http://afishwholikesflowers.blogspot.com/2011/10/lets-do-monster-mash.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  25. I just featured this amazing project today! Come grab a button

    Kim

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/10/good-morning-sunshine.html

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  26. Very darling craft. I love how cute each "spooky" character turned out. I need to put this on my "things to do" list.
    I would love for you to stop by and link this post to my "All Things Wonderful Link Party".
    Thanks for sharing your talents with us!
    Shauna
    myshaenoel.blogspot.com

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  27. These are so cute!
    I love the simplicity of the vinyl.

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  28. that is just too cute,, I'd love to try that.. I;d have to paint the faces though. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Wow so cool! creative mom ;) you really have a great blog! I personally invite you to our new community http://girlstalksociety.com -Where Moms and Girls Unite...you can add blogposts, create groups, make new friends that may have similar interest and passion that you have. my username there is prewchatterly ;) hope we can be friends. Godblessyou!

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  30. You've inspired my next project! Thanks! :0) Happy Halloween!
    ~Jana @Project:Possible

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  31. So stinkin' cute!! I love all that! Such a fun idea. What a great little helper you have. ;)

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  32. These are great! Love the little mummy best :)

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  33. Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Hope you’re joining us again this week!
    http://mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com/2011/10/show-share-8.html

    Marie
    Mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  34. Thanks for posting the tute for this adorable craft! Pinned it the other day, making it today! Love your blog!!!

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  35. These are darling! Love them. If I have time, I will make my own, and I will be sure to send a link.

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  36. Those are adorable! I'd love to try to recreate something similar sometime, but I'd have to use paint for mine.

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  37. That's so cute! Gotta buy paint and make one of these tomorrow!

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  38. Just found this on pinterest! And I love it! I'm SOOO doing this for Halloween! :)

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  39. I LOVE this!!!! Where did you get the faces for the vinyl cutter? Is it a cartridge? Or a file? ebevanstx@sbcglobal.net

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  40. these are adorable! Coming over to you from "My Very Educated Mother" blog who did a knock off of these and linked back to you. This is a great project!

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  41. What size and what font did you do the lettering at the bottom? Thanks

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    1. The size is about 1" tall and 18" wide. The font is called Elephants in Cherry Trees

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  42. This is so cute! I'm making this today! Do you have the faces on file or was it from a cartridge? casskav @gmail dot com

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  43. Iove this idea! I am making one right now:) but painting faces since I couldn't find vinyl at craft store, thanks for super cute idea!

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  44. My friends and I are having a craft night tonight and one of our crafts will be this one. So excited to finally be making it and see how it turns out!

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  45. Just saved some scrap wood from heading to the dump :) going to give it new life as this! Love this idea so much!

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  46. I love this!! I am going to try to make it. Where do you buy the burlap strips or the rafia? Thanks!

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  47. I just made a set like this yesterday and love it! Thank you for the adorable idea.

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  48. I featured you at sinfulsweetsandsewing.blogspot.com Thanks for the cute ideas.

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  49. Thank you for the great instructions and measurements. I bought a 10 foot 2*4 at Lowe's that easily made two of these. One to keep and one for our church auction. I love making things that have nice easy instructions.

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  50. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and fall my favorite season; the yellow-red tinted leaves, the fall smells, the bon fires. Every year I like to decorate the house and take a tour of all of the festivities around town. It so much fun hunting for the best haunted attraction in NJ and experiencing the season.

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