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How to Make Spooky Knife Block Cutouts for Halloween



Turn heads with these spooky Halloween knife block cutouts!

They are super easy to make… and will give your kitchen a wonderfully ghoulish vibe.

You can make them from scratch, or use my printable artwork… making them the perfect last minute Halloween decor idea!

Halloween knife block cutout: scary Mummy
Choose a Mummy cut-out...”
Halloween knife block cutout: Frankenstein
...or a Frankenstein cut-out, they both look good!”

Step by step guide

This is a great project for the kids… well, the drawing part, Mommy or Daddy will need to handle the knives!

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Printable artwork

BOO! Let’s get going…

Rough stencil
How to make Halloween knife-block cutouts: illustration 1

Please note: It’s important to get the position and size of your spooky character’s body right, so we’ll make a rough stencil from thin paper first.

STEP 1: Begin by glueing two sheets of A4 paper together.

STEP 2: Lean it against the knife-block and crease around the ends of the block.

The real thing
How to make Halloween knife-block cutouts: illustration 2

STEP 3: Within the creases loosely sketch the body of your character, then add the arms, legs and head.

STEP 4: Cut the character out and hold it against the knife block… check it’s the right size.

STEP 5: Now, place the cut out character onto white card (210gsm)… either an A3 sheet, or two sheets of A4 joined together. Trace around the edge with a pencil, and then spend some time drawing your character for real.

Cut out & finish
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 3

STEP 6: Cut carefully around your character using a craft knife or scissors.

STEP 7: To finish off, position the cut-out against the knife-block and push the knifes through the card and into the knife slots.

Even easier!
How to make Halloween knife-block cut-outs: illustration 4

STEP 8: Print out my artwork onto two sheets of A4 card, paper will also work but won’t be as nice.

STEP 9: Cut out the artwork using a craft knife.

STEP 10: Glue the legs onto the body. Repeat step 7 and you’re all done!


  • Two sheets of A4 paper
  • A3 white card (or 2 x A4 card)
  • Colouring pens or crayons
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Paper glue (or sticky tape)
  • A knife block!

Creative Takeaway

Paper isn’t just about how you fold it, or what you draw on it… sometimes, it’s all about where you put it!

So, maybe there’s other things around the house you can transform by simply attaching a paper creation… have a think?