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CTHULHU CAR DECAL!

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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.
 
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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.
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kiafayce3 years ago
My car now sports this awesome sign. Church-goers everywhere gape at it. Thank you soo much. :]]
rugnor4 years ago
could i put that on a boat?

studleylee4 years ago
LOL !!!! A well read person in today's scene. I have to make one also!!
Thanks for the laugh!
JohnJY4 years ago
 I saw this on Facebook flair.
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)  michaelalanjones6 years ago
tahts a great idea. Maybe I'll try it out if I make another one.
frikkie4 years ago
Very nice! 
knightowl4 years ago
 Hey, any chance you could post the cthulu template that you used?
ampeyro4 years ago
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 Mama5 years ago
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

bobobob12305 years ago
i enjoyed in bruges as well
FSM Fish, here I come!
thats exactly what i was thinking
darwin fish would be cool aswell
of course then you could do the original christan fish!
hcold5 years ago
I happen to live in Dunedin, New Zealand, and I hear the rumblings in the hills...
Dorkfish926 years ago
is that the Gerber razor? That thing is awesome. Cool Ible!
"Is your baby a Gerber baby?"
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Yay forsaken one!
GoodRubbish6 years ago
Vote for a real change this November - Vote Cthulhu! Very nicely done, good sir... very nicely done indeed.
Why settle for the lesser of evils? Vote Cthulhu!
LOL! I laughed for a while at that.
wow, really cool!
abbabibble26 years ago
IA, IA CTHULHU FTAGHN!
shooby6 years ago
What the hell is CTHULHU?
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?
Yeah, but not just any shape...Chulhu, super! Right? Hey? Right guys? Oh.
PKM shooby6 years ago
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 PKM6 years ago
Yeah, nothing but a silly internet meme.

Read a book for pete's sake.
PKM Nesagwa6 years ago
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)  PKM6 years ago
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 MKohen6 years ago
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 Nesagwa6 years ago
I read about one per week, but not for Pete.
shooby PKM6 years ago
Meme? But wait, how would I do a WANDA?? I only know how to do.....CTHUHLU!!
MKohen (author)  shilohjim6 years ago
You didn't really learn anything. Its just an idea for a car decal that some people might not have thought of.
DJ Radio6 years ago
wow. After this, you can play tight rap very loud from your car... very popular where I live, especially 26-year-olds
ThanksDolph6 years ago
You don't happen to own a blue Jeep do you? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Cthulhufish.jpg
not the same decal. lol. just similar.
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