I remember growing up, my grandparents would always make holiday decorations by cutting out shapes from wood and then hand painting them. They created all sorts of little characters and signs and would display them proudly in the front yard. They even rigged up spotlights to illuminate them so that they could be seen at all hours. While working on this project, I realized that I definitely inherited their DIY gene. 😉
I’m not really into gorey or themey decor, so you won’t find any zombies or ghosts at my place. I do love black cats, though, so I decided to make my own black cat silhouettes. Maybe it’s my crazy cat lady thing. I love projects that can be made with materials that you already have on hand. This one was so easy and I was able to complete it in an afternoon.
I free-handed the outline of each cat silhouette on a scrap piece of 1×12.
Then I had my hubby cut them out with the jigsaw because I am quite fond of my fingers and he is always happy to display his manliness at any opportunity.
I painted them black with DecoArt Americana Decor Chalk Paint in the color Carbon. I brushed it on with a small sponge tipped brush. I like the way that the finish isn’t solid black and that you can still see the brush strokes.
This was such a quick and easy project (my favorite!). Stay tuned for more Halloween decor and my Halloween front porch reveal.
from one crazy cat lady to another, i LOVE this! and, i WANT this!
High five for crazy cat lovers! 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!
These guys are so cute! I have a black kitty at home and I’m sure it’d be an ego boost for him to have some carbon copies proudly displayed in front of our house! 😉
Aww! Thank you, Erica. Black kitties are the cutest!
These are puuurrrrfect 🙂
Dreaming about rustic fall display with hay! Maybe next year…
LOL! Thank you so much, Mila!
I have similar memories of my grandpa making wooden yard decorations.
Aren’t they the greatest! Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.
I’m not a fan of the gory, gross things of Halloween either. These have just the right amount of Halloween spirit without being scary or disgusting! I love your whole display with the hay and pumpkins.
Thank you so much, Jamie!
Very creative. Thanks for sharing!
I second you on the “keeping your fingers” part. I have a slight fear of power tools since my brother in law is missing a few of his from using them! Super cute cats!
Oh my goodness, Valerie! That is no good at all. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
These are super cute! The whole display has a great look to it. Nicely done.
Thank you so much, Lydia! 🙂
you are a genius!! i literally just got back from the farm stand with my hay and pumpkins and am just staring at how plain my set up looks. Your set up is adorable! I am definitely going to try to do this 😉
Aww, thank you so much, Brittany! It took a little playing around with but it finally came together. 🙂
LOVE your kitty cats 🙂 I also make the hubs use the power tools for me. Still getting used to them!
Thanks, Bre! High five for making the men do all of the work, LOL.
Aw, so cute, Sarah! I love that this is sort of a tribute to your grandpa. I also love that your husband will help you with the power tools! Every time I ask my husband he’s like “Ugh. Blah. Ugh. Grrr. OK well you have to learn how to do this.” Really? Do I? 🙂
Thanks, Bre! Sometimes it does take some prodding to get him to help. 🙂 But he knows I’m a big weenie when it comes to saws and sharp things. I’m getting better, though!
Super Cute, Sarah! I am not really into gorey decor either, this fits my style! Love it!
Thanks, Tara! Maybe it’s the inner designer inside of us. Always wanting everything to look good, LOL.
These are so cool! I love the way you painted them just a tad unfinished…too cute!!
Thanks so much, Amy! I was going to paint them all the way but then I realized that it looked kinda cool with the strokes. Love it when my plans change like that!
These are fun. My husband likes cat art more than even I do! (He loves his kitties.) And I’m with you on the keeping fingers thing. I want to use the saw, but I need to buck up some more!
LOL, Karisa! How are we supposed to create amazing things without those trusty fingers? 😉 That is so cute that your hubby love kitties. He sounds like my husband, LOL!
Love this! I’m a BIG FAN of black cats at Halloween and in real life. So cute!
Ha! Ha! Me too, Leigh Anne! Thanks so much, friend! 🙂
SUCH a cute idea!!! I always loved the handmade decorations the best growing up! We used to have this GIANT wooden Santa for Christmas that would sit outside our house and everyone used to comment on how cool he was! I can definitely see making a few decorations like this for every holiday … especially when you make it look so easy 😉
Thank you, Kristi! Your Santa sounds really cute! It WAS super easy. I can’t believe I haven’t made any before.