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Everything posted by jrbryant

  1. Thank you for the kind words! I found all of the images for my characters online. I usually do a search for a certain character and I'll add "coloring page" to the character's name... for example "Moana coloring page". I like using coloring pages because the lines are very clearly drawn (for coloring purposes). Once I've found all my characters for a scene, I'll either print them onto transparencies to use with my overhead projector, or I'll just use my daughter's projector and project the image onto the Coroplast the size I want it to be. After that, it's a simple matter of tracing the i
  2. This year I've added Moana (Disney) to my display. I've FINALLY gotten enough characters that I can start rotating vignettes in and out each year. Of course, two of the scenes I left out this year were the two scenes that people asked why they weren't up. Oh well... can't please everybody I guess. Here are some pictures of Moana and the other scenes I've put up this year. To give you an idea of scale... the top of Maui's hook is almost 8 feet tall.
  3. HAHAHAHA... it'd take us 10 years of accumulating snow to get that much around here Donna. It sure looks beautiful... but I'm glad I'm not having to deal with it!
  4. That is a VERY fun looking display. I'm sure you have lots of people stopping to enjoy. Nicely done!
  5. Your snowmen look really nice! Great job!
  6. This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
  7. I'm sure the kids really enjoy seeing your display! How fun would that be to see...Thanks for sharing!
  8. Hi Eric... and welcome to PlanetChristmas! I don't use plywood for my cutouts, but I used to use Masonite (hardboard) years and years ago. I've switched over to using Coroplast instead. With that said, what I used to use in sealing the Masonite was a good latex exterior paint. Normally, I would buy a white, exterior, latex paint and give the board a minimum of 2 coats. You have to be VERY thorough with the edges... since that is where most of your moisture would be soaked into the board. When buying paint that you'll be using for your characters, I would suggest getting a fairly
  9. That would be one REALLY fun house to drive by. Nice job Shane!
  10. Well, you owe her a bit thanks because she did a nice job!
  11. Nice job on the Grinch jabber6! I'm sure the neighbors will be amused!
  12. Your finished product looks REALLY nice! I have no doubt that there will be lots of entertained families when they drive by your place.
  13. Hey Christmas_Nut... those look really nice! And to be able to get double use out of them is even better... Nicely played!!!
  14. Hey radiomarsh - Just watched the video of your display and absolutely LOVE the snow globe as well as the mega tree! So very nicely done! John
  15. Hey kerstman - Welcome to the crazy world of yard decorations! You've done a nice job... keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you come up with in the future! John
  16. Thanks for the kind remarks! I drew some of them by hand... and others I found images I liked on the internet... did a little tweaking in Photoshop and then printed them onto overhead transparencies. I've got an old overhead projector that I used to project the image onto the Coroplast... traced the image and painted.
  17. Looks like a GREAT start to having a whole yard full of fun! Welcome to the world of craziness!
  18. How fun for kids to be able to come to your house and see that! Very nicely done!
  19. Last year was my first year to put my animated displays out at our new house. Unfortunately, the wind was just as horrific as my neighbors had said it was going to be during the winter. Winds of up to 50 mph were fairly common. My displays acted as nice big sails! Here was last year's results after the first big wind. The metal bars I used to stake down the pieces were bent in half. Several pieces were destroyed and all but a couple of pieces were down on the ground. Quite the mess. Since I knew the wind was going to be just as bad this winter and had learned my lesson that I w
  20. HAHAHA... lot's of work went into that! Nicely done!
  21. I can imagine that there are quite a few wide eyed youngsters out in front of your house in the evenings!
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