How to Make Wood Cut Outs of the Grinch

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How to Make Wood Cut Outs of the Grinch
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Perhaps you've been online or have driven by someone's house and seen a cleverly placed Grinch wood cutout. These fun and festive decorations can add a sense of humor and a familiar, comfortable character to your yard's holiday feel. As you can imagine, buying a wooden Grinch from a craft store or an individual vendor can be expensive. There's no need to break the bank or search high and low because you can make your own DIY Grinch with just a few simple materials.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of plywood for outdoor use

  • White paint

  • Picture of the Grinch

  • Overhead projector (optional)

  • Pencil

  • Jigsaw

  • Protective gloves and eyewear

  • Outdoor latex paint: white, black, green and red

  • Brushes

  • Clear acrylic paint

How to Make a Grinch Wood Cutout

Step 1: Gather the Materials and Paint the Plywood

First, refer to the comprehensive list and gather all of your materials. Next, paint the front and back of a large piece of plywood white. This will give you an excellent blank canvas on which to start, and your pencil markings will also show up to guide you. Allow the paint to dry completely.

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Step 2: Transfer the Image of the Grinch

The next step involves transferring the actual image of the Grinch onto the dry, white plywood. How you go about doing this depends on your artistic abilities and what is easiest for you. The simplest method is to draw the Grinch onto the plywood with a pencil by hand. You'll need to have some artistic talent, and it's recommend to look at a picture of the Grinch as you go.

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If you're not a great artist, you can print out an outline of the Grinch to trace onto your piece of plywood. There are many Grinch plywood cutout patterns that are free and available online. First, make sure the dimensions are correct for the size that you want. If not, you can download it and try to blow it up. Either way, tape down the paper onto the plywood while you're tracing so that it doesn't slide around.

You have one other option for transferring the image of the Grinch onto your plywood. You can actually use a projector to shine the Grinch cutout pattern onto the plywood and then draw it from that. Once again, make sure that the plywood is stable and won't wiggle around while you trace.

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Step 3: Cut Out the Shape

Now that you have your Grinch all traced and ready to go, it's time to cut him out. The best tool for this job is a jigsaw. You can try to use a handsaw, but it probably won't be very precise, and you won't necessarily end up with the exact look you want. Similarly, a larger saw would be too unwieldy and unable to make the sharp corners around the outline of the Grinch.

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Be sure to take proper precautions when using the jigsaw, including wearing protective gloves and eyewear.

Step 4: Paint the Grinch

Next, paint your Grinch. You just need basic colors, like red, green, white and black. Just be sure to test the colors to make sure they're the ones you want. You may need to do more than one coat.

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Once you're finished and the last coat is completely dry, cover the entire thing with another coat of clear acrylic paint. You can even use a spray, and this will protect it from the elements.

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