I chatted with you guys last week about how we’ve been challenged to create some wooden Harvest or Halloween themed yard décor in collaboration with The Home Depot and their DIH Workshop (that you can totally sign up for here!). I loved the concept, but knew I wanted change it up. Lots of different ideas were swirling through my head, and finally I landed on a skull for Halloween! But not a creepy skull. I wanted to have FUN with it!
But before I get too far ahead of myself. Let’s chat about the cutting out of the skull. I folded a piece of paper in half and drew a half oval along the folded edge. Then I drew in some curves (see below) and cut the whole thing out!
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Place your paper skull on an overhead projector (if you don’t have one, check with your local library!) and project the skull image up onto your 4×4 piece of plywood and trace with a pencil.
Time to cut with a jig saw! I decided to cut out the eye holes first. I drilled a hole so I would have a place to start my blade, then just worked my way around!
Cut around the outer edge too!
Then sand everything down so you have smooth edges (or make your kids do it)
Spray paint the whole thing white with several light misting coats, being sure to follow the recoating instructions on the can carefully.
Draw out some designs on a transparency with a sharpie. I did some google searching for inspiration because I’m not really THAT creative. LOL!
Once I had all the designs traced on with a pencil, I began painting! I used THIS amazing paint that’s SO FLORESCENT and glows in the dark with a blacklight! I’ve been looking for a reason to play around with it, and this sugar skull seemed like the perfect opportunity!
Meanwhile, Nick built some simple boxes out of wood using the Kreg Jig.
And added some legs on the side of the boxes with a single screw so they can toggle and fold up easily.
So here’s what she looks like on the back side.
And now for the FRONT SIDE!
Is that so great? BUT WAIT! (LOL) You haven’t seen it at night yet… with a blacklight! (ours is like this one… super affordable!)
If you want to create YOUR OWN Harvest or Halloween wooden décor for your yard, and/or you just really want to get down and dirty with a jigsaw, Click HERE for more information and to sign up for their free workshop at your local Home Depot on Sept 21, 2017!
Be sure to check out what these other talented bloggers came up with when they put their own spin on this same project. So much inspiration!