You and everyone around might be once they get a good look at this guy!
Ok, there are several materials but it is totally worth it in the end. And you can always vary the materials to your own discretion.
- Large Plastic Skulls
- Masking Tape
- Paper Mache
- Elmers Glue or Monster Mud (check additional ost for recipe)
- Brown House Paint
- Watered Down Black Paint
- Light burnt siend/yellow ochre mix Cardboard
- Plastic Wrap
- Duct Tape
- Scrap Fabric
- Large Old Black Trench Coat (check Goodwill stores)
- Furring Strips
- Twigs and Branches
- Floral Wire
- Hot Glue
- Wire Coat Hanger
- Long, thick wooden tree stake
- Zip Ties
Get your plastic skull. The larger ones work better than the smaller ones.
Build a thick neck by balling up newspaper and building it up. Secure with masking tape. Just play with it until it looks right. Cover with several layers of paper mache to make it strong.
When the paper mache is dry, apply 2 coats of DryLok. Then hollow out the crumbled newspaper inside the neck, all the way up to the underside of the skull. DryLok the inside to seal all paper parts.
Dip burlap scraps in elmers glue and drap over skull, building features with the set burlap. Thick, heavy eyebrows, stronger cheeckbones. Leave the eyes slightly uncovered, build up the nose while leaving nostril holes, and leave a gap for teeth. All the better for him to see with, smell you with, and EAT you with!! Note: Do the same thing if you choose to use Monster Mud.
When dry, apply 2 coats of DryLok.
When dry, paint the whole thing with a brown house paint. After the base color is dry, washed it watered down black paint. They dry brush on the light burnt siena/yellow ochre mix to highlight.
For the hat, cut out a circle of cardboard and cut out a hole for his head. Make it a tight fit so it won’t blow off. Cover the part of his head sticking out with plastic wrap then duct tape. Use crumbled up newspaper and making tape to shape the top of the hat.
Apply several layers of paper mache, a layer of scrap fabric dipped in elmers, 3 coats of DryLok and the same mix of paint as the face above (brown base coat, watered down black, light siena/yellow ochre–Let each dry before adding the next).
THE HAT BEFORE THE PAINT:
Sorry but there aren’t any pictures for this part but its really easy.
Make a cross with 2 pieces of scrap furring strips. A longer one about 6′ going vertically and a shorter one, about 3′ horizontally. Secure them with screws.
The top of the vertical piece should come up about 12″ from the horizontal piece-enough to fit his head on securely.
Attach the head. Play around with it a bit to desired postion.
Drill a hole into the plastic underside of the skull. Trim the hole to get it large enough to fit over the end of the furring strip.
Put on the jacket before going further. Pull the sleeves back to work with the arms.
Stack the twigs and branches to preference. Secure them with twine and floral wire. Drip hot glue between the branches and all around to make them strong. Attach the twigs to the furring strips.
For the body, do the same thing only with bigger twigs and branches. Wrap them for a vine look.
Note: Stain the parts of the furring strips that will be showing to give it a more realistic look.
To make his shoulders more “shoulder-like”, use the wire clothes hanger. Adjust to preference.
Pound the wooden tree stake into the ground. It should be long enough to still go up the whole length of his back. Nail a cross piece to the treee stake where the bottom of his furring strip rests. Secure with large zip tie and screws. And there you go. All done!
You can add a light at night to make him stand out. But even without it, day or night, he is super scary!