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Jack, Sally, and Zero Yard Decorations

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Nightmare-inspired yard decorations made from plywood.

Materials List:

Plywood
Jigsaw (& several blades)
Pencil
Sandpaper
Paint Markers: 2 Black & 1 White medium point, 1 Black Fine Point)
Base-coat waterproofing primer
Flat gloss polyurethane
Acrylic paints: Various colors
Paint Brushes
Two 1"x2" studs
1/2" PVC Pipe
Screws
Steel Bar


Draw and cut out your figures with the jigsaw and sand them well. Add at least 2 coats of the base coat. It seals and waterproofs the wood and it also gives you a more forgiving drawing surface. If you mess up you can use an eraser. If you really mess up you simply sand away the mistake and reapply primer.
 
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Step 1: Sally

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Acquired plywood, new jigsaw blades, and primer. Time to go to work!!!


I made Sally first for a couple of reasons. First, she is out front and has more way more detail so I wanted to make sure she came out looking good before I moved on. Second, she determined the position of Jack's shoulder and I needed her for proportion for the other parts. 


Step 2: Jack

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Jack is over 7 feet tall and a bit skinny so I used the 1"x 2" stud for structural support from the back. The PVC will slide over rebar posts that will have been driven into the ground.

I used a white paint marker for his pinstripes. Don't try for perfection with his stripes- the more wonky the lines, the more authentic the look.

Step 3: Zero

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Zero's ears are really thin and I had no faith that they would survive very long with the kids in the neighborhood and getting knocked about each year in and out of storage. So, I reinforced them with a steel bar. Although it is not shown, I attached a piece of PVC to his back so that he can sit on a dowel. The plan is to move him about the yard over the course of the Halloween season.
DiddyK9 months ago
Great Job! My yard is full as well. I did Jack, Sally, Zero and Oogie.. as well as some Disney characters and some zombies.
I like your idea with the PVC over the rebar. Can you tell me how you attached the PVC to your work? I couldn't make it out in the pics.
Again, great job
Scarydad (author)  DiddyK9 months ago
Hey DiddyK

There are two 1x2" studs running down the back for support. They are attached from the back using 1" screws. I then drilled holes in the PVC to accommodate the heads of the screws, and attached the PVC to the sides of the studs.

The whole project is about 7' tall and we've had a few relatively powerful thunderstorms with heavy winds and the rebar anchors have worked like a champ.
widgetDR10 months ago
Where did you find the patterns? Are they available as a file to be size increased?
Or did I miss that in the text somewhere?
Scarydad (author)  widgetDR10 months ago
Hi Widget,

I found a picture that I liked online but I drew the figures freehand. Here's the link to the original pic: http://thallys.deviantart.com/

Thanks!

rmiller99910 months ago
These are wonderful!
kidrik57210 months ago
Nice
That's so cool. I don't have the slightest artistic ability so I won't try it,
But that's really cool
jjaeger410 months ago
Pretty cool job my friend!
awesomness200210 months ago
I love nightmares as well extra specially on Halloween
poofrabbit10 months ago
I love the nightmare before Christmas! I also love the idea of Zero moving around the yard, that should spark some chatter among the children in your neighborhood! Well done!
Scarydad (author)  poofrabbit10 months ago
Thanks! Nightmare is very special to me. My baby sister and I used to watch it all the time together when she was little. Now my daughter loves it too. She helped me apply the primer and is so proud of the Jack and Sally that WE made. :)