My friend's son, Giacomo, recently saw a sticker of Cookie Monster on another
project I had finished for them. According to my friend, every time Giacomo
saw it, he started singing, "Cookie, cookie, cookie, cookie…" and dancing
around in circles. So, I decided to make him a larger version of the Cookie Monster.
I took another Cookie Monster sticker to the grocery store and enlarged it to
an 8" x 10" photo using one of those photo-customizing machines. The original
sticker was about an inch tall; the one I ended up with for this project is
seven inches tall. I cut out the Cookie Monster character and glued it to
one of the many pieces of leftover poplar that I have lying around the shop.
The wood is 5/8" thick and measures 5¾" x 9½".
I penciled a curved line around the character to soften the appearance and
make it look a little more child-friendly. Then I cut that line at the bandsaw.
Except for the bottom inch of each side, I rounded over the edges using a ¼"
roundover bit in my router table. That also gives it a "softer", more child-friendly
For the base I used another scrap of wood that was actually cut from the end
of the first piece. The base measures 5¾" x 4" x 5/8". I rounded over the
top edges of the base using the same router bit. Then I cut a dado through
the middle of the base to set the character piece in.
The two pieces were joined using glue in the dado and some 1¼" brads through
the bottom of the base. The whole project was finished with a thick coat of decoupage.