What is Core Flute?
Santa stands 4 foot tall and is made from core-flute plastic.
This turned out to be very successful and most people stopped, hopped out of their cars and stayed a lot longer than normal.
This is how I made him.
First thing is finding a suitable graphic. Once found I put it into a graphics program and applied a grid to it.Then I divided the core-flute into 8 x 5 squares, the same as the template covering Santa. I drew the pattern by freehand onto the core-flute to match the template. I used a black marker pen to finalize the pattern once I was happy with the pencil draft. I did this so the pattern could be seen through the primer coat. I suppose another way to do it would be to prime the card first before applying the pattern.
Note: The smaller the squares the better the end result.
Then I primed him with a spray-on plastic primer. This way the paint would stick for years to come. Then I painted the colours including white as the core-flute was dirty. Then the outline. Santa took 3 coats of Red, 2 of the other colours.
Once dry, I coated him in 2 coats of Waterproof diamond finish this will help keep him clean and in good condition for years to come.
Finally I hot glued the tinsel around the edge, attached a supporting board to his back, and screwed him to the gate.
To help him shine I placed a spotlight above him.