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Team mascots decorate a child’s room

Team mascots can decorate a child's room.
Team mascots can decorate a child's room.
Paula Hrbacek

Most families in the South have a favorite football team. You can make wood cutouts of the mascot to decorate a child’s room. While the actual logo is copyrighted by the school, a cartoon version of it is not. I drew my own picture of an elephant for the pictured mascots.
To make a similar project, you will need:

  • Thin plywood
  • Pencil
  • Jig saw
  • Picture hanger
  • Crafts paints
  • Fine tip permanent marker
  • Sand paper

Draw your own version of the mascot on a scrap of ply wood. Draw a pennant in his hands. Make sure that the outside edge of the design is easy to cut with lines that blend into each other.
The wood should be thick enough for the nails that attach the picture hanger. Cut out the design with a jig saw. Sand the edges. Turn it over. Find the center of the top with a ruler, and nail a picture hanger on the back. If the nail points start to go through the wood to the front, tap them back so they are flush with the front surface, and then bend them over on the back. If the wood is really thin, it might be easier to glue the hanger in place, or make a hanger from a piece of twine and a staple gun.
Paint each area with craft paints or acrylic paints. Let dry. Make the black outlines with a permanent fine tip marker. A marker offers the easiest way to make an even, straight line.