Introduction: Scroll Saw Grinch and Dog Holiday Decoration

Make a Grinch stealing decorations for the holidays.

This project will take about 2 to 3 hours total time to make.


You will need the following :

1/4 inch birch plywood, 2 feet by 2 feet. I cut mine from a 2' by 4' birch plywood
1x6 pine board, at least 6 inches long. I used a section from a Select Quality board (Best grade from my local lumber store)
Modge Podge
White paint (I used latex paint)

Tools needed:


Scroll saw (coping saw will work also)
Table Saw and/or Router
Belt sander (optional)

Step 1: Print Out the Image.

Find and print out the images you would like to use for this project. in this case, I used the image of the Grinch stealing decorations and his dog wearing the antler.

I sized them out on the Paint.NET program to 11 inches high for the Grinch and guessed about the size of the dog. Once printed out, I trimmed them up and sized them to the 1/4 inch board.

Step 2: Cut the 1/4 Inch Plywood to Size

Using the images you printed out, size the 1/4 inch plywood to the approximate size and trim them up on the table saw. Hand saw will work also. You don't need a perfect cut here except for one edge.

Step 3: Modge Podge the Images to the Board

I used a foam brush to spread the Modge Podge over the plywood pieces.

Take the images and align the bottom of the image to a straight edge of the plywood board. In these two images, The bottom of the image isn't quite lined up with the bottom of the board. That is ok. If you do this, you will have to go back later and make a straight edge cut along the bottom so the Grinch and dog will sit flat in the groves of the base.

Press the images down on the board with your fingers to get out as many air bubbles as possible. But don't press too hard as you may tear the image.

Step 4: Begin Work on the Base

As the Modge Podge drys, begin work on the base.

Cut the 1 by 6 board at 6 inches long. Then sand the surfaces. I used a Select quality board so I didn't have to do much sanding to it. (Select Quality is the best grade of board my local lumber store has)

Set the depth of your table saw blade approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of the way thru the board.

Cut two groves at about 2 inches from each edge. I didn't go for any exact distance for these cuts, but you can see in the image with the tape measure about where to put them. Make 2 to 3 passes and use a scrap piece of 1/4 inch plywood to test each cut. The key is to sneak up on the width of the cut. You want the Grinch to fit into the slot snugly but not tight.

Once the groves are cut, rout the edges, or if you don't have a router, use some sandpaper or belt sander to round them over. And also clean up the cut slots to get any small cut fuzzies out of the slot.

Finally, give the base a coat of white paint.

(there are two bases in this step as I was working on two sets of Grinchs at the same time. )

Step 5: Scroll Saw the Grinch

By this time, the Modge Podge should be dry.

I used blue painters tape on the back to help against tear out by the blade.

Cut around the edge of the dog and the Grinch. Take care with the dog's antler as it is pretty thin at that point and may break.

Once I was done cutting out the images, I used some 180 grit sandpaper to clean up the cut edges and back as needed.

Step 6: Paint the Back and the Edges of the Grinch and Dog.

Give the back and edges of the Grinch and dog a coat of white paint.

A small brush will help with the edges. Take care to not get any paint on the images.

Allow the paint to dry.

Step 7: One Last Coat of Modge Podge

Once the paint has dried, give the Grinch and dog another coat of Modge Podge to seal it all up.

I only gave the front of the Grinch and dog a coat of Modge Podge, but you could also coat the back and edges if you wanted to, but the paint should do fine by itself.

Step 8: Time to Display!

Once everything is dry, set the Grinch up in your favorite setting.

Another option is to give the dog it's own separate base, allowing for more possibilities for arrangements.

Happy Holidays and enjoy!


Edit - Added a photo of a Grinch holding a light string and strand of ornaments causing the elf to fall ;)
The ladder the elf is on, I also made for this display.

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