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  1. jrbryant

    Village display window construction done

    For some reason, I can't see your pictures!?!?! I'm able to see pictures in all the other posts, but not yours.
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    Finally got the cutouts up and lit

    Thank you all for the kind remarks!
  3. Normally I put up my display the day after Thanksgiving... but my wife and 2 daughters met up with my oldest daughter, her husband and the grandkids for Thanksgiving. Didn't get home til late Saturday afternoon. I had planned on putting up the display sometime this week... but after looking at the weather for today and this week, I ended up putting up the display today. Thought I'd post some pictures of the finished product.
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    Two new plywood cutouts

    Well, you owe her a bit thanks because she did a nice job!
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    Two new plywood cutouts

    Nice job on the Grinch jabber6! I'm sure the neighbors will be amused!
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    Nightmare Before Christmas Stuff...

    Your finished product looks REALLY nice! I have no doubt that there will be lots of entertained families when they drive by your place.
  7. I finally finished up the newest characters that will be added to my display this year. I decided to reach back in time and do some characters from Toy Story. All were done on Coroplast. To give you an idea of size... Stinky Pete is a little over 7' tall at the top of the bow. Hopefully they'll all be up and on display within a week from now! I forgot to mention... my 14 year old daughter did all the painting on Slinky Dog. I'm hoping she'll take over making and putting out displays once I'm too old to carry on!
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    Plywood Santa DIY video

    Hey Jeff... nice job on the video! Thanks for taking the time to make it and post it for all of us!
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    Newest addition.

    HAHAHA... I do the EXACT same thing... that is, I put up characters that I know and enjoy. You're probably right... kids nowadays probably aren't even familiar with the characters I choose to put out!
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    Newest addition.

    Wow Shane... that looks GREAT! I don't have little kids anymore is that a Paw Patrol character or Puppy Patrol or something like that? I remember my nephew being into a character like that a few years ago... and I wasn't familiar with that cartoon (or movie? ) back then. Yes... I'm old! The character looks really nice!
  11. You're welcome slankard! And yes... you can drill lots of holes in the Coro and still maintain structural integrity. There are plenty of creative people that have done exactly what you're talking about. In fact, I'm thinking about making a star for the nativity scene I'm working on and drilling a bunch of holes in the Coro and putting lights in it.
  12. I've just completed a new "how to" video that gives step by step instructions on how to create a Coroplast cutout character. You can find it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjjSE4sv6M There is also a companion video that goes into a little more detail. This accompanying video gives a few more tips and tricks... details that I didn't include in the main "how to" video in order to keep it a bit shorter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOFBpmGyJ3M I would appreciate the support of my fellow Planet Christmas users in viewing my video. If you find it useful, please click the like button and even subscribe to my newly created Youtube channel. I hope to be making more videos in the future. Not all of them will be about Christmas yard displays... I hope to be showing how to make a variety of fun things. Thank you for your support in advance... the Planet Christmas community is GREAT! And yes, this same message was posted in the general category... but I wanted to post it under Plywood/Coro Cutouts specifically since there might be people perusing this category looking for some information on how to go about making a cutout.
  13. Thanks Bucsfan1! After having seen your misfit toys character... I have a feeling you don't really NEED to be watching a video on how to make a cutout! As far as making your own video... I think the more information we have out there... the better! I LOVE seeing other people's displays and if we can show others how to create them, we'll see more people getting involved.
  14. You're welcome TerryM... for me, sharing information is what Planet Christmas is all about!
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    Misfit Toys

    Hey Bucsfan... you did a really nice job on your cutout! Seeing your work makes me even more jazzed for Thanksgiving to roll around so that we can all put our displays out! Thanks for posting the picture... nicely done!
  16. I've just completed a new "how to" video that gives step by step instructions on how to create a Coroplast cutout character. You can find it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irjjSE4sv6M There is also a companion video that goes into a little more detail. This accompanying video gives a few more tips and tricks... details that I didn't include in the main "how to" video in order to keep it a bit shorter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOFBpmGyJ3M I would appreciate the support of my fellow Planet Christmas users in viewing my video. If you find it useful, please click the like button and even subscribe to my newly created Youtube channel. I hope to be making more videos in the future. Not all of them will be about Christmas yard displays... I hope to be showing how to make a variety of fun things. Thank you for your support in advance... the Planet Christmas community is GREAT!
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    Newest addition.

    Hey Shane... that is SUCH a fun looking display! And what a natural environment to display everything... you've got your own built in risers for showing everything off! Nicely done and thank you for posting the pictures!
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    Newest addition.

    Dang.... when I saw that you were in Ohio, I was thinking I'd make a drive up to see your display... but then I looked up where you actually are in Ohio. That's a wee bit too far of a drive for me! Your characters look really nice Shane! Well done. Do you have any pictures of your entire display? How many characters do you put out?
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    Newest addition.

    You did a nice job on that Shane! That's going to be a tricky one to stake to the ground with the skinny legs and the feet splayed out like that. Are you going to run a single stake behind the legs?
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    cut out questions

    I hope you enjoy the process... and make it a family affair when and if you can! You know that means you'll have to be posting pics for all of us to see... right?
  21. Well... we're into August. Is anyone out there working on their cutouts for this year besides me? I got started last week and am having a blast. The characters are cutout, the Coro attached to the frames and the painting has begun. I'm doing "Toy Story" figures this year. Here's a couple of pics... one of Buzz with a first coat of paint and one of the other characters awaiting the paint process. To give you a little perspective... Stinky Pete's box and bow are right at 8' tall. Share what you're working on for this year and include some pictures of your pieces during the creation process!
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    What's everyone working on for this year?

    That's gonna be an attention grabber... having both the train and the bike! Thank you Big J Illinois... I couldn't have Toy Story without Mr. Potato Head... it just wouldn't be complete!
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    cut out questions

    My girls enjoy getting to painting the characters with me. Fortunately, both of them attend an art school... so they're probably a LOT better at artwork than I am! Hopefully you will be able to get some cutouts made for this year... and, of course, if you do... make sure you post pictures!
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    Lock, Shock and Barrell

    It's a shame you're so far away from where I live. I think I'd get a kick out of seeing your display! Nicely done!
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    What's everyone working on for this year?

    How cool is THAT!!!! You've GOT to post pics and videos of that... either as you go along, or DEFINITELY when you get done!!!!! That is going to be a FANTASTIC display... can't wait to see more pics of it. Thank you for posting!
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