Apparently we are obsessed with character cutouts… We did them for Will’s 2nd Birthday Party, I made more for the lady that bought the ones from Will’s party, and then my mom texted me this picture:
with a little note of “Can you make these for me?” Sure Mom! Of course! We’re pros at making cutouts…now. We all love Halloween, and since Hubby & I don’t have a yard, it was even better that we got to spookify my parents’ yard.
Off we went to Home Depot. We varied our supplies a bit this time.
Instead of buying plywood, we bought MDF. Why in the Holy Cheese did we not do this the times before?! It’s a tad more expensive, but its easier for Hubby to cut, and it also means no splinters and barely any sanding. Buh Bye extra work! Genius.
Next is the usual… I draw out the shapes on the MDF:
Hubby cuts them with the jigsaw:
in his Ghost Hunters shirt, no less… HA!
And I paint them. I bought 2 of the tester paint pots in “Mouse Ears” and used about 1.5 of them. I did close to 3 coats on each cutout just to make sure everything was covered. The MDF doesn’t soak the paint up like plywood, but it’s a smoother finish. Tit for tat, as they say.
I know…Hubby is a lucky man. How does he handle ALL this whiteness?!
The little nugget came over to check on our progress:
He’s a great project manager.
After lots of cutting and painting and a little assembling of the black L-bracket on the backs of each cutout, we took them out front and set them up:
How witchn’ are those witches?! As usual, Martha provides great inspiration, but we have to add our own little twist and tweaks. Witches are like onions…they’ve got layers. Or maybe they’re more like butts… no two are exactly alike. Some are perky, some are flat, and some are smelly. The one on the left is smelly.
Trouble had to come check it out. I really don’t know what happened to his shirt. He was fully clothed when we got to Nana & Poppa’s house. But I love his little body and it made me giggle every time he popped around the corner. After an excruciating inspection, the witches met his approval. Phew!
But of course we couldn’t stop there… so on our way home from Home Depot, we stopped at Target and got a little more awesomeness:
That’s right… there’s a fog machine behind the cauldron! Halloween really can’t be Halloween without a fog machine. I cannot believe it’s taken us this long to buy one.
And as if that wasn’t the cat’s pajamas, we also added some illumination:
I know! It blows my mind. I was so excited. My mom and I did our freaky weirdo dance in front of the house because it’s just SO flippin’ cool! One of the neighbors was out walking her dog when we were mid-setup and she said “Oh wow. Those are awesome! I’ll have to come back later to see the finished product!”. You bet your sweet sticky buns you need to come back! Check this OUT!
One last gaze at the awesomeness:
Dare I say it’s better than my inspiration pic?!
Yeah. I dare.