How to Design a Skull Patio Chair

Two Methods:Creating the designCutting out the shape

Want to add a little more edge and individuality to your run-of-the-mill plastic furniture? Have a love for all things “skull?” If you want to shake things up in the backyard create skull faces on your plastic patio chairs. All you will need is a handheld electric saw (a jigsaw) and a pattern.

Method 1
Creating the design

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    Find a design you like for your chairs. You could go with a uniform, large eyes and nose shape on each chair or go for something more intricate.
    • Scan the Internet for a design you desire. You don’t necessarily need the large design to fit the chair right now. Instead find something that not only you like, but one you know you can cut out on the chair.
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    • Look for designs that emphasize the skull shape and not color or fine lines. You will need a basic design that can be translated to your plastic chairs.
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    Print the design and have it enlarged. Either you can copy it onto the chair from an enlarged pattern or you can use it as inspiration or a guide for your design.
    • Measure the chair area. Measure just the area that will hold the skull design on your chair.
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    • Take a 81/2 x 11 printout to a local copy shop to have it enlarged. Make sure the design is not trademarked as you could have trouble having it enlarged at a commercial copy shop. Request light or transparent paper so that you can trace and/or transfer the design to the chair.
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    Sketch the skull design on the chair. Consider using a pencil or brightly colored chalk to draw your outline instead of a permanent magic marker.
    • Perform a rough sketch or trace the outline of your skull design and then stand back to make sure the outline resembles a skull. What may translate well on paper may not look the same on plastic. Before you make this change permanent you may want to look at it from all angles before cutting.
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Method 2
Cutting out the shape

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    Secure the chair to the ground. Light plastic chairs will move around when you are cutting so securing the chair is vital to making this a success.
    • Weigh down the legs with bricks or rocks if your chairs have feet. You can also push the chair up against the wall to make sure it doesn’t tip over.
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    • Weigh down the chair seat to keep the chair in place. If your chair doesn’t have feet you can also keep the chair in place by placing weight on the seat.
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    Don’t forget about wearing protective gear such as eyewear. Any time your work with power tools you should make safety a priority. This includes wearing work gloves and keeping children and pets clear of the area.
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    Consider leaving the pattern design on the chair and cut through it. One way you could approach this project is to create the same number of patterns as you have chairs and cut right through them instead of tracing or transferring.
    • Use heavy duty tape to adhere the pattern to the chair. The pressure from the handsaw could move the paper so it’s important you secure it.
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    Make sure the design won’t compromise how you sit in the chair. While the pattern or design may be ultra cool, you want to make sure the chair is still functional. Consider how you will sit down in the chair after the design has been cut to ensure either the chair won’t break or be unusable.
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    Choose the appropriate blade for the handsaw or jigsaw for cutting. Depending on the size of your design and chair you should size up what you will be cutting to match up the right blade.
    • Make sure your hand saw equipment is up to par. You don’t want to approach this project with a dull blade so make sure you are working with a sharp blade and a hand saw that works well.
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    • Select a slow cutting speed. You may be excited about creating the design but a fast speed could make you more prone to errors.
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    Gently push cut out pieces through the chair. Make sure you’ve fully punctured the plastic and you won’t be tearing or twisting the plastic chair to remove the cut out pieces.
    • Sand the cut out area if you see rough spots. Be careful when using sandpaper as you don't want to scratch the chair.
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