Cut out figures can be used for picture background scenes, party decorations and advertisements. The cut out is often more effective if it is life-size. Creating a life-size cut out is simple and you can make a variety of characters from a large piece of cardboard. Creating an astronaut is one possibility. You can leave the figure whole or cut out the facial portion for others to peer through and pretend to become a space traveller themselves.
Draw the outline of an astronaut on a large piece of cardboard. If you are artistic, you may prefer to draw the outline freehand. If not, trace the body of a person or trace an astronaut picture using a projector. Cardboard from a refrigerator or other large appliance box will work to make the cut out life-size. The outline should be simple. Create a rounded helmet head and a body with boots and gloves.
Cut through the outline you drew using a box blade knife. Push the cut out through so that it comes free from the cardboard around it.
Spray the entire body portion of the cut out (from the neck down) with metallic silver spray paint.
Paint a head inside of the bubble helmet using a flesh colour. The head should be a slightly smaller circle within the larger helmet circle you drew in your outline. Acrylic paint can be used for the head and face. You can paint the helmet area around the head silver or white. White is more of an indication of glass for the helmet.
Fill in details on the astronaut using a black permanent marker after the paint dries. You will need to draw facial features, a belt, gloves and boots. You can also add wrinkles in the suit. Use coloured permanent markers to add patches to the chest or arms.
Use your blade knife to cut a vertical slit in the bottom of the astronaut between his legs. Cut a vertical slit in the top of a rectangular piece of cardboard that is about 1 foot wide. The slit should be in the middle cutting downward into the width of the additional piece. Insert the rectangle slit into the slit of the astronaut. Push until the two piece are even at the bottom, forming an "X" or "T." The astronaut should now be free-standing.
Be careful to not bend the cardboard as you are working with it. Bent cardboard will not stand well.
Tips and warnings
- Be careful to not bend the cardboard as you are working with it. Bent cardboard will not stand well.