Wooden characters for Halloween

How to Build Wooden Characters for Halloween

These adorably spooky and colourful wooden characters will have you all set to celebrate Halloween. Plus, they are sure to be a hit with the little ones!

Skill
Beginner
Time
Few Hours
Cost
Less Than $100
  1. 1

    Cut the Pine Planks

  2. Steps:

  3. 1.1
    Use a mitre saw to cut all five 2" x 6" pine planks to different lengths, making figures of varying heights.
  4. 1.2
    Cut the 2" x 8" pine plank for the base, where the figures will attach.
  5. 1.3
    Trace the figures cut lines for the five 2" x 6" planks for the heads of the figures then cut using a jigsaw.
Mitre saw used to cut the planks
Jigsaw used to cut the ends
  1. 2

    Sand the Cuts

    Use a sander and sandpaper to smooth down all of the cuts.
  2. Steps:

  1. 3

    Paint the Figures

  2. Steps:

  3. 3.1
    Paint the base for the craft black.
  4. 3.2
    Use different colours—like white, orange, purple, and green—for the five figures.
Paint all pieces of the wooden figures and base
  1. 4

    Assemble the Project

  2. Steps:

  3. 4.1
    Position the 2" x 6" plank figures along the 2" x 8" plank black base, placing them at an angle for a fun touch.
  4. 4.2
    Secure the figures to the base along the bottom with screws.
Assemble the Halloween figures
Halloween figures placed at an angle
  1. 5

    Have Fun Decorating!

    Now it’s time to decorate the figures. Let your creativity loose and have fun with it. Here are a few ideas:
    • Use stickers to make the eyes
    • Cover the mummy in burlap or gauze
    • Glue on some synthetic autumn leaves
    • Decorate with raffia or coloured ribbons
    • Make the cat’s moustache using a rope
  2. Steps:

Decorate the Halloween figures using accessories

Pro Tip

Use outdoor LED lights to upgrade your project and make your figures shine at night, bringing them to life.

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