Sunday, October 13, 2013

2 x 4 Black Cats & Pumpkin

Oh boy did I have fun making these little cuties!  These are simple and so much FUN!  You've gotta try some for yourself!
Yes, you are SO right! I did see this idea on Pinterest! How did you guess?  Actually I saw the black cats on Pinterest and the pumpkin on YouTube.
Like I said, I saw the cats on Pinterest but there was no link to where they come from or how to make them. Don't you hate when that happens?  Me too!  So, I'm going to explain how I made mine for you!
First mark your cuts with a pencil and cut to length. (I used our chop saw to cut to length)  Mine are 12", 10" and 8" tall.  The ears are 2" tall.  I measured 2" down from top middle and made a mark, then I used a ruler and made a line from each corner to the 2" mark.
Next I used the jig saw to cut out the ears.  I clamped the 2x4 to the table and then got to cutting.  Be sure to wear your safety glasses please!
Next I smoothed out all the rough edges using the mouse sander and some medium grit paper.
Now for painting.  I used black acrylic paint and a sponge brush to paint them.  I painted all sides except the bottom and let them dry.
And because I can't just leave anything alone, I used the mouse sander again to distress the front edges only.  Lastly tie a raffia bow around the neck and add googly eyes.
The pumpkin had a really good video by Hey Kalie on Youtube (link to video back up above).  I however put a little different look on mine. Rustic and distressed of course!
I cut my 2 x 4s at 5" and 4" (2 of each size).  I used the mouse sander to smooth all the rough edges.
Next, I used my hot glue gun and glued the pieces of wood together.  The two 5" pieces go together in the middle and one 4" piece goes on either side.
Next, using some orange acrylic paint and my sponge brush I gave them a good coat of paint.  All sides except the bottom.
In Kaylie's video she used a big cork for her stem.  I decided to use wood because its what I had available to me at the time.  It is measured at 2 1/2" tall by 1" square.  I glued it on the top middle.  I distressed the whole thing with the sander and added a raffia bow.
I love a craft that is simple and easy!  This was one of those kind of crafts!  I think I want to make more now?!?!!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

More 2 x 4 crafts:

I'm Linking to:

Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
, The Self Sufficient Home Acre , The Chicken Chick,  Sew Can Do 

Craft-O-Maniac, Between Naps on the Porch, DIY Home Sweet Home
, Keeping it  Simple , The Dedicated House, Skip to my LouHome Coming, 

Not Just a Housewife, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,  Sugar Bee CraftsNew NostalgiaIt's your Life,   
Get Your Crap Together  ,  BeBetsy,  Fluster Buster  Confessions of a Plate Addict

Clean and Scentsible, Lady Behind the CurtainFamily Home and Life,  Ducks n a Row, 
VMG206.  Herrban MommaFamily Home & Life  ,Oh My! Creative

Bloom,    The Taylor House.  52 Mantels,  Domesblissity,  Redfly Creations,   4 You With Love,  Sweet Haute
Artsy Fartsy Mama
 From My Front Porch To Yours

Lil’ Luna,,  Tatertots and JelloFive Simple Things,  Craftionary,  Diana Rambles,    I Heart Nap Time,    Crafts a la mode

Angels HomesteadPositively Splendid,   Or So She Says Your Homebased Mom What's Cooking with Ruthie
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  1. I love these. I'm pinning them also. Have a great week. Linda

  2. These are absolutely adorable! I'm definitely saving the idea to try for next year!

  3. Love the black cats! so cute! jen

  4. How wonderfully clever! I love the cats!!!

  5. The black cats are so cute and I love the chunkiness of the pumpkin.

  6. Yes! I love the folky-ness of the cutouts. Very neat.

  7. How cute and crafty.
    Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

    Please join us again Thursday at:

  8. Yes they are cute!! This is one that I'm going to try! Thanks!

  9. I love these! Seems really easy to make and those are my types of crafts. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love these! Seems really simple to make and those are my types of crafts. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Stopping in from Sweet and Simple Friday. These are so cute and you are right they look pretty simple! Love pumpkins and the raffia on them is perfect.

  12. Just wanted you to know that you have been featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  13. Loving the black cats. I am a googly eye addict and always have wood around to play with!
    Thank you.

  14. We are cat people (we have 4!!) and I just love this!! Found you at Clever Chicks Blog Hop. I so have to make one!

    Lori's Culinary Creations

  15. Really really love this craft :) Love the cute, not spooky side to Halloween!
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  16. Found your blog on the Chicken Chick... how adorable are your halloween cats! Great idea :)

  17. These are so adorable!! I love the look of them and how easy they are to make! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Project Stash Link Party! This project will be featured at our next part starting Wednesday evening, hope to see you there. :)

  18. So cute! I'm gonna have to scrounge through the garage and see if we have any scrap 2x4's left. Pinned!

  19. These are so stinkin' cute! I pinned!

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this post at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead.

    Hope to see you again this week!


  21. These cats were my sisters creation. She does not do tutorials. Yes I hate when people don't do tutorial. Luckily for me I have her #!

  22. Simply adorable, thanks for joining the Linky Party! Please be sure and join us again this Wednesday (9/23) for our next Linky Party

    1. Hello Ann! Thanks so much, I'll be there! :)


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