How many of you have gone to huge events and posed for pictures in cheesy, cutout characters with holes in the head for your face? What is it about those ridiculous things that make them utterly irresistible to dweebs like me? When my daughter turned one and we hosted a panda-themed party for a gajillion of our closest family and friends, I was determined to have panda cutouts for people to pose with, but pickins were slim and those that I could find online were more than I was willing to pay. What's a craft nerd to do??? Make my own, of course! Using white, foam core board I purchased for $1 per piece and acrylic paint, I used a pencil to outline my panda shapes, painted them and used an Exacto knife to cut out a circle for a head to fit into. I also added a few embellishments to distinguish boy and girl pandas and Voila!!!
After attending the birthday party, my friend, Melissa (modeling the girl panda cutout in the above pic), asked me if I would make cutouts for her children's book-themed baby shower (pics to come soon, as it was absolutely amazeballs!). Yikes! Its one thing to make something for your own party, but the pressure of doing it for someone else??? Oy! Nonetheless, I agreed and chose four children's book characters I knew Melissa liked and that I knew I could potentially draw...Curious George, Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Corduroy. I think they turned out really well. Whattaya think???