First of all, lets start with the cardboard cutouts. We were looking for some kind of decoration that would get us a lot of bang for our buck. Something big and fun and - hey why not cut outs?
Using an overhead projector, cardboard moving boxes and a Sharpie I drew the selected characters: Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, the Croc, Jake, Izzy & Cubby (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates).
Next step, paint the characters and cut them out. My husband attached them to metal stakes using zip ties and voila - instant scene setter.
I won't lie, some of the characters were pretty time consuming. Or maybe that was because I was continually holding my assistant back from getting into the paint or trying to jump over Mr. Smee while mommy was working.
This same idea could be used with pretty much all themes and does not require any artistic ability - just as long as you can trace and color in the lines. :)
|Despite the angle of this picture, Capt Hook really does have a hand|