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

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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.

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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

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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.


kiafayce (author)2011-06-19

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

rugnor (author)2010-04-10

could i put that on a boat?

studleylee (author)2010-04-01

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

JohnJY (author)2010-02-18

 I saw this on Facebook flair.

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!

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

 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.

MKohen (author)michaelalanjones2008-07-24

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

frikkie (author)2010-02-05

Very nice! 

knightowl (author)2010-02-04

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

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

Joe Mama (author)2009-04-02

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

bobobob1230 (author)2008-11-02

i enjoyed in bruges as well

musicalbee2003 (author)2008-07-28

FSM Fish, here I come!

thats exactly what i was thinking

darwin fish would be cool aswell

hurtzmyhead (author)drummonkey922008-09-25

of course then you could do the original christan fish!

hcold (author)2008-08-20

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

Dorkfish92 (author)2008-07-15

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

"Is your baby a Gerber baby?"

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-27

Yay forsaken one!

GoodRubbish (author)2008-07-15

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

uglymike (author)GoodRubbish2008-07-16

Why settle for the lesser of evils? Vote Cthulhu!

Jalakahops (author)uglymike2008-07-21

LOL! I laughed for a while at that.

SCRIPTmaster (author)2008-07-19

wow, really cool!

abbabibble2 (author)2008-07-19


shooby (author)2008-07-15

What the hell is CTHULHU?

shilohjim (author)shooby2008-07-16

I had to look it up myself.

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?

shooby (author)shilohjim2008-07-16

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

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.

Nesagwa (author)PKM2008-07-16

Yeah, nothing but a silly internet meme.

Read a book for pete's sake.

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.

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...

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?

shooby (author)Nesagwa2008-07-16

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

shooby (author)PKM2008-07-16

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

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.

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

ThanksDolph (author)2008-07-18

You don't happen to own a blue Jeep do you?

WTHAI (author)ThanksDolph2008-07-18

not the same decal. lol. just similar.

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.

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!

Basta (author)2008-07-16

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

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.

MKohen (author)zeronil2008-07-16

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

Guevara (author)2008-07-16

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

crapflinger (author)2008-07-16

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

shooby (author)crapflinger2008-07-16

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

crapflinger (author)shooby2008-07-16

not actually asking...just paraphrasing a quote

Williz (author)2008-07-15


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