Despite the looks of it, this Giant Plywood Snoopy is one of the easiest projects I have done. I know I say that a lot, but it IS true! I made this for my boss who was retiring and is a HUGE Snoopy fan!
I love my jigsaw! It used to be my dad’s and he let me “borrow” it but, when he never got it back he decided to buy another one so I got to keep this one!
Follow my video tutorial below or just scroll down and read my step by step instructions for this super easy and fun DIY project!
Stuff you’ll need:
- 4′ x 4′ sheet of plywood (3/4″ thick)
- Printout of Snoopy
- Paint samples from Lowes in black, white and red
- Electric sander (or sand paper)
- Wood sealer
I started by having my dad prime the entire piece of plywood front and back because my parents were visiting and he wanted to help! It only took a few minutes and dried pretty quickly.
After it dried, I used my mom’s projector in a dark room, along with the snoopy printout to trace the image onto the wood. This projector is simple to use with no fancy options to figure out, so it only took me a few minutes. Make sure to use a pencil because anything darker and you might see it through the paint.
After tracing, I brought the plywood outside and used my jigsaw to cut out Snoopy. Now, I don’t know a lot about the tool so I don’t play around too much with the settings. I did however, buy a set of jigsaw blades that i could use for different materials. You just have to go slow and don’t force the jigsaw, let it do its work!
The corners are a little tricky. You can watch the video to see how I cut the corners. I like going back and forth a few times and making a grove, it will get a little wider with each pass until it is eventually big enough for the saw to turn the corner. It sounds more complicated than it really is.
After the cutting is done, its time to sand. I use my handy dandy electric sander but, you could certainly use just sand paper to smooth the edges out. The good thing about using an electric sander is that it smooths out any imperfections as well, so i recommend using it!
Now its time to paint! My favorite part because its such a stress reliever for me.
I started by doing two coats of white, then the little red part in the tag. After that, I went around the edge and did the black outline all around the cutout, that needed two coats as well.
After finishing the painting, you should use a sealer to protect the wood, especially if it will be outside. I usually use Thompsons Water Seal. It works pretty well.
Thats it!! You’re all done!
Please let me know what you thought and if you tried this project, I would love to see some pictures in the comments section below.