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  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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Everything posted by jrbryant

  1. That would be one REALLY fun house to drive by. Nice job Shane!

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    I have five Light-O-Rama - 16 channel light controllers for sale. I used them one year for my Christmas display. They all worked great, but I decided that I wanted to go back to doing my display of cutouts rather than have sequenced lights. These controllers were never subject to the weather. I had them encased in a closed large tub for the one season I had them in use (container shown in picture without the lid attached). These were used each night for a total of about 45 nights before I "retired" them and went back to my static Christmas display the next year. These sell for $259.95 each online (CTB16PC) at Light-O-Rama's website. I'm letting them go at half the price ($130 each). So my loss is your gain. I think I might even have some CAT5 cable I'd throw in (if I can locate it). You will also need to pay actual shipping charge unless you want to pick them up in Georgetown, KY.


    Georgetown, Kentucky - US

  3. I texted you concerning 5 I have for sale.
  4. Thank you for the kind words Njnicka... I appreciate you taking the time to view the video and leave a complimentary post. I'd really love to see pictures and videos of your characters after you've completed them! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
  5. I posted a video showing how to animate a Coroplast character by using a motor. Posted the link in the "cutout" section and thought I'd share it in the "motorized contraptions" section as well. Hope this helps someone out that is looking into animating a cutout character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU&t=266s
  6. HAHAHAHA... that's quite humorous! Well done Xenon. I'm sure that will bring about a few chuckles!
  7. I pulled a Homer Simpson... DOH! Let's try this one... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdk0ncnUBMruM5jClF1LWmw Thanks Zman!
  8. I just posted a new video that shows how to animate a cutout using a windshield wiper motor. I used Coroplast in making my cutout... but the same principles can be applied to animating a cutout made out of a wood based product. I hope you find this video helpful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU
  9. Hey XXNoNameXX - I know I'm really late coming to the party... but better late than never, right? I have quite a few 8' coroplast (I used to use wood based, but switched to coro) characters that I put up each year in a very windy location. I drive two stakes (either metal conduit or 1x2 pressure treated) into the ground (rather solidly). Then I screw through the wooden stake into the frame of the character. I also supplement this with guy wires on both the front and the back side. Usually two stakes and guy wires on the back and one stake and guy wire on the front. Fortunately, the wires are thin and are not seen at night time with the flood lights showing on the characters. I've included a captured image from a video tutorial showing the backside of a (shorter) character... as well as a pic of the front side of an 8' character from one of my displays at night time. You can see the stake in the ground in front of the lamppost ... but the guy wire is virtually invisible. There are two guy wires on the backside.
  10. qberg makes some REALLY good suggestion! (And your house looks really good qberg... nicely done)
  11. EXCEL... WHAT??!?!?! Mind blown... I'll have to give that a try!
  12. If you haven't done any work using Coro, I've made a video that shows you how to make a Christmas display piece (out of Coroplast) that you might find helpful. http://www.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/61350-coro-vs-plywood-for-poster-projects/#elUserLink_menu Hope this helps and good luck with it. And most importantly, PLEASE post pics of your finished product!
  13. For some reason, I can't see your pictures!?!?! I'm able to see pictures in all the other posts, but not yours.
  14. Well, you owe her a bit thanks because she did a nice job!
  15. Normally I put up my display the day after Thanksgiving... but my wife and 2 daughters met up with my oldest daughter, her husband and the grandkids for Thanksgiving. Didn't get home til late Saturday afternoon. I had planned on putting up the display sometime this week... but after looking at the weather for today and this week, I ended up putting up the display today. Thought I'd post some pictures of the finished product.
  16. Nice job on the Grinch jabber6! I'm sure the neighbors will be amused!
  17. Your finished product looks REALLY nice! I have no doubt that there will be lots of entertained families when they drive by your place.
  18. Hey Jeff... nice job on the video! Thanks for taking the time to make it and post it for all of us!
  19. I finally finished up the newest characters that will be added to my display this year. I decided to reach back in time and do some characters from Toy Story. All were done on Coroplast. To give you an idea of size... Stinky Pete is a little over 7' tall at the top of the bow. Hopefully they'll all be up and on display within a week from now! I forgot to mention... my 14 year old daughter did all the painting on Slinky Dog. I'm hoping she'll take over making and putting out displays once I'm too old to carry on!
  20. HAHAHA... I do the EXACT same thing... that is, I put up characters that I know and enjoy. You're probably right... kids nowadays probably aren't even familiar with the characters I choose to put out!
  21. Wow Shane... that looks GREAT! I don't have little kids anymore is that a Paw Patrol character or Puppy Patrol or something like that? I remember my nephew being into a character like that a few years ago... and I wasn't familiar with that cartoon (or movie? ) back then. Yes... I'm old! The character looks really nice!
  22. You're welcome slankard! And yes... you can drill lots of holes in the Coro and still maintain structural integrity. There are plenty of creative people that have done exactly what you're talking about. In fact, I'm thinking about making a star for the nativity scene I'm working on and drilling a bunch of holes in the Coro and putting lights in it.
  23. Thanks Bucsfan1! After having seen your misfit toys character... I have a feeling you don't really NEED to be watching a video on how to make a cutout! As far as making your own video... I think the more information we have out there... the better! I LOVE seeing other people's displays and if we can show others how to create them, we'll see more people getting involved.
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