The Spooky Halloween Hack That Will Outshine Your Pumpkin

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Turn heads with this ghoulish knife block cut out.

Its super easy to make… and will definitely compete with your pumpkin for attention!

You can make it from scratch, or use my printable artwork… making it the perfect last minute Halloween decoration idea!

Halloween knife-block cut-out: scary Mummy
Mummy: “Hey! Watch where you put those!”
Halloween knife-block cut-out: Frankenstein
Frankenstein: “Hey, that’s my best jacket!”

What will I learn?

1) Paper isn’t just about how you fold it, or what you draw on it… sometimes, it’s all about where you put it!

2) Everyone can draw a Mummy… that’s why this is such a good project for people wanting to improve their drawing skills.

3) Halloween isn’t just about pumpkins… with a little imagination you can spookify lots of other things around the home.

Step by step guide

This is a great project for the kids… well, the drawing part, Mommy or Daddy will need to handle the knives!

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BOO! Let’s get going…

Rough stencil
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 1

It’s important to get the position and size of your spooky character’s body right, so we’ll make a rough stencil first.

Begin by glueing two sheets of A4 paper together (1). Lean it against the knife-block and crease around the ends of the block (2).

The real thing
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 2

Within the creases loosely sketch the body of your character, then add the arms, legs and head (3). Cut the character out and hold it against the knife block… check it’s the right size (4).

Now, place the cut out character onto white card (210gsm)… either an A3 sheet, or two sheets of A4 joined together. Trace around the edge with a pencil, and then spend some time drawing your character for real.

Cut out & finish
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 3

Cut carefully around your character using a craft knife or scissors (6). To finish off, position the cut-out against the knife-block and push the knifes through the card and into the knife slots (7).

Even easier!
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 4

Print out my artwork onto two sheets of A4 card, paper will also work but won’t be as nice (8). Cut out the artwork using a craft knife (9) and then glue the legs onto the body (10). Repeat step (7) and you’re all done!

Materials

  • Two sheets of A4 paper
  • A3 white card (or 2 x A4 card)
  • Colouring pens or crayons
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Paper glue (or sticky tape)
  • A knife block!

Give it your own unique twist

There’s lots of ways to customise this project… you could draw different characters, a zombie or Dracula for example… or you could up the ‘age rating’ and add a little more blood and gore!

Also, before you stick knives through your drawing, why not scan it, so you can re-use your artwork for other decoration.

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Scott Bedford

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