Introduction: CTHULHU CAR DECAL!

In this instructable I will show you how to make a plastic logo thing for your car. I made mine depicting "The Great Cthulhu" as an Icthys Fish, but you could do whatever you want. This is an easy, simple instructable.

Step 1: Material

For this project you will need:
Plastic suitable for the type of cutting you will do. (The more intricate your design, the easier the plastic needs to be to cut)
A knife or set of knives. I got a set of Xacto knives with a bunch of blades for $3 at Menards.

A template for cutting.

Spray paint for coloring.

Step 2: The First Step.

Trace your template onto whatever you will be making the decal out of. If your plastic wasn't transparent like mine then I guess you could tape the template on and cut both plastic and paper.

Since my project required 2 layers,one as a background, one as the shape and the letters, I cut the background slightly larger than the foreground and left it solid. For the foreground I cut out around the letters, but left the top and bottom attatched to the "body" of Cthulhu to make it easier to glue. I did all the cutting while watching "In Bruges" (great movie, by the way)

Step 3: Painting.

Time to paint the logo! I used outdoor type spraypaint. Make sure to give a smooth, even coat. Otherwise your decal will have ugly bubbles and thicker areas of paint. I kind of messed up on the silver area, but it still looks okay.

Step 4: Final Step

Almost done! Now you need to glue the two pieces together, if you used two layers. I used JB weld because it was the only thing I could find, but Krazy glue would probably be better.

Once you are done, find a way to attatch it to your vehicle of choice. Glue, magnets, some kind of adhesive foam backing, its your choice. Once I get a car, this thing is definitely going on there, and I'll see if I can find some other H.P Lovecraft fans.

Comments

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kiafayce (author)2011-06-19

My car now sports this awesome sign. Church-goers everywhere gape at it. Thank you soo much. :]]

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rugnor (author)2010-04-10

could i put that on a boat?

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studleylee (author)2010-04-01

LOL !!!! A well read person in today's scene. I have to make one also!!
Thanks for the laugh!

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JohnJY (author)2010-02-18

 I saw this on Facebook flair.

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michaelalanjones (author)2008-07-22

I thought of this while I was reading your instructable: Instead of painting the shiny part, you could use some metal tape (it's for fixing car fenders). It is about 2 1/2" thick. Just stick it to the black plastic, and then cut out your pattern with an X-Acto knife, removing the 'black' parts, and then you are done, and it is metal!

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Ooh! Good call. Make the black part a magnet strip from the craft store and voila!

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 And get ready to say good bye to your project when some who likes it discovers they can peal it off what ever it's stuck too.

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MKohen (author)michaelalanjones2008-07-24

tahts a great idea. Maybe I'll try it out if I make another one.

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frikkie (author)2010-02-05

Very nice! 

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knightowl (author)2010-02-04

 Hey, any chance you could post the cthulu template that you used?

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ampeyro (author)2009-09-06

wow, it's great, i'm trying to make something like that(mine is the fsm and is made of aluminum), but it helped

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Joe Mama (author)2009-04-02

I found the guys who make the Cthulhu Fish you got the image from.

http://www.dagonindustries.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3

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bobobob1230 (author)2008-11-02

i enjoyed in bruges as well

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musicalbee2003 (author)2008-07-28

FSM Fish, here I come!

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thats exactly what i was thinking

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darwin fish would be cool aswell

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hurtzmyhead (author)drummonkey922008-09-25

of course then you could do the original christan fish!

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hcold (author)2008-08-20

I happen to live in Dunedin, New Zealand, and I hear the rumblings in the hills...

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Dorkfish92 (author)2008-07-15

is that the Gerber razor? That thing is awesome. Cool Ible!

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"Is your baby a Gerber baby?"

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-27

Yay forsaken one!

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GoodRubbish (author)2008-07-15

Vote for a real change this November - Vote Cthulhu! Very nicely done, good sir... very nicely done indeed.

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uglymike (author)GoodRubbish2008-07-16

Why settle for the lesser of evils? Vote Cthulhu!

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Jalakahops (author)uglymike2008-07-21

LOL! I laughed for a while at that.

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SCRIPTmaster (author)2008-07-19

wow, really cool!

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abbabibble2 (author)2008-07-19

IA, IA CTHULHU FTAGHN!

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shooby (author)2008-07-15

What the hell is CTHULHU?

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shilohjim (author)shooby2008-07-16

I had to look it up myself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

BTW what did we learn from this 'ible? Trace around a shape and cut it out with an x-acto knife and spray paint it?

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shooby (author)shilohjim2008-07-16

Yeah, but not just any shape...Chulhu, super! Right? Hey? Right guys? Oh.

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PKM (author)shooby2008-07-16

Cthulhu is a recurring meme, nothing more. Self-referential humour is the new... regular humour. If you don't want a Cthulhu fish you could have a WANDA or a DARWIN or whatever. If you really want you can distil a lot of Instructables down to "so you're just soldering some components together?"- just because the techniques used are simple ones doesn't mean the Instructable is worthless. "How to spray paint plastic and stick it together" would be a rubbish 'Tible (and there are some around of that quality or worse, see "Ghetto Hacks"), this is sharing a design that happens to be easy to make.

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Nesagwa (author)PKM2008-07-16

Yeah, nothing but a silly internet meme.

Read a book for pete's sake.

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PKM (author)Nesagwa2008-07-17

OK, fair point- yes, I realise the mythos is a significant literary work, so Cthulhu is more than just a silly internet meme, but this Instructable doesn't seem to be about the books.

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MKohen (author)PKM2008-07-17

I learned about Cthulhu through the stories of H.P Lovecraft before I found anything on the Internet. I happened to see a picture similar to my logo on the Internet, and decided to make one. Hopefully I'll be able to find other Lovecraft fans with it...

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Fruppi (author)MKohen2008-07-18

I learned about Cthulhu from the books as well loooong before I ever saw something Cthulhu-referencing on the internet. Of course my husband introduced me to the books, but it still counts...right?

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shooby (author)Nesagwa2008-07-16

I read about one per week, but not for Pete.

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shooby (author)PKM2008-07-16

Meme? But wait, how would I do a WANDA?? I only know how to do.....CTHUHLU!!

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MKohen (author)shilohjim2008-07-16

You didn't really learn anything. Its just an idea for a car decal that some people might not have thought of.

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DJ Radio (author)2008-07-18

wow. After this, you can play tight rap very loud from your car... very popular where I live, especially 26-year-olds

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ThanksDolph (author)2008-07-18

You don't happen to own a blue Jeep do you? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Cthulhufish.jpg

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WTHAI (author)ThanksDolph2008-07-18

not the same decal. lol. just similar.

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doommeister (author)2008-07-16

Iä! Ryleh Cthuluhu fhtangh, sure to bring night fevers and unholy dreams of cyclopean structures to any who sleep in a car with this badge. Sweet.

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depotdevoid (author)2008-07-16

By the Great Old Ones, that is beyond awesome! I can feel the frayed threads my sanity unraveling just looking at the thing...I'll have to make one myself. Cthulhu fhtagn!

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Basta (author)2008-07-16

Awesome! I was thinking of getting the Darwin fish but this thing trumps evolution any day.

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zeronil (author)2008-07-16

Could you post a to scale img? I'm a cut on the dotted line or it looks like burnt snot kinda guy.

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MKohen (author)zeronil2008-07-16

I used an image I found on the internet, but you could just copy the picture and resize it.

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Guevara (author)2008-07-16

This is awesome lol !! I can't wait to see that cthulhu car decal on my truck xD

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crapflinger (author)2008-07-16

""In Bruges" (great movie, by the way)" why are they making a film about midgets anyway?

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shooby (author)crapflinger2008-07-16

Come on, they mention it so many times. It's a dream sequence, and everyone dreams about midgets, right?

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crapflinger (author)shooby2008-07-16

not actually asking...just paraphrasing a quote

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Williz (author)2008-07-15

R'YLEAH!?

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