Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bring the True Blood Characters to Your Party

Our most exciting addition to our party this year is having multiple life-size cutouts of some of our favorites True Blood characters.  There are websites that you could order any custom cutout, starting around $80 each. That is a lot of money if you want to have several cutouts made.  We searched online and found a solution that has worked out even better than we imagined.  

True Blood Party Life Size Cutouts @ Northmans Party Vamps

We started out searching online for good quality images that we could use for this project.  Once we got our pictures together we used a program called Poster 8.4.  You can download this program for free here, you are allowed to print 10 posters for free before registration is required.  Open your file in Poster, go to your print setup.  Set your picture to print to the height you want, for Eric we printed at height 80" giving a few extra inches for the background of the image that will later be cut out and discarded.  


Your image will print in several pages on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.  For this we also used cardstock.  You will put the pieces together like a puzzle to create your life size picture.  Get a large piece of cardboard to adhere the prints to.  Use Modge Podge Matte to glue your images to the cardboard.  Be very careful when pressing the pages to the cardboard, you don't want your ink to smudge or rub off.  Using a towel to press out any air bubbles works pretty well.  Once you have all pages glued down, cover the entire image with a coat of Modge Podge Matte to seal the ink and seams.  

True Blood Party Life Size Cutouts @ Northmans Party Vamps
Here is Arlene in the gluing process, being pieced together.

After your picture dries, you are ready to start cutting.  Using an exacto knife, cut away any background only leaving your character intact.  This is the most tedious part of the entire process, but it is so neat to watch your favorite characters "come to life".

True Blood Party Life Size Cutouts @ Northmans Party Vamps
Here is Eric in the cutting process.  It was fun to be his makers ;)  Plus we got to have our hands all over the Sheriff for several hours!

After you have completely cut your character out, you need to find something for a stand that you can brace to the back for support.  We used some long slim cardboard boxes that vinyl rolls are shipped in.  We painted them black and hot glued them to the back of our cutouts.
True Blood Party Life Size Cutouts @ Northmans Party Vamps

You can also make these any size you want and use them as table decorations too.

True Blood Party Life Size Cutouts @ Northmans Party Vamps

With these Life Size Cutouts, you can feel like you've stepped directly onto the True Blood set.  There will be plenty of photo ops with these at your party!





2 comments:

  1. THIS IS SUCH A FANTASTIC IDEA!!! THANKS FOR THIS GREAT IDEA!

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  2. We are trying to make some of these and cant find the full lenght of Eric! Where did you get your picuture of him??

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