Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween Mummy - Make Your Own

Oh yes, its Halloween time.  We love to decorate for Halloween, but we do like to make a lot of things ourselves.  This is our Mummy that has joined us at a Halloween party or two and could probably tell it's own stories if it could talk.  

It wasn't hard to make.  Here are the step by step instructions on how you can do it too.  

Items Needed:

  • Large Styrofoam sheets about 3in thick  (I bought two pieces that were 3ft by 2.5ft roughly at the hardware store.)
  • Styrofoam wig head
  • 3 yards of thin canvas material
  • Cheesecloth
  • Large exacto knifes
  • Handsaw
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 six inch long dowels (don't need to be very thick 1/4in round will work)
  • Drill
  1. Start with two large pieces of styrofoam.  I drew my body shape with a sharpie marker onto the styrofoam pieces first to give myself something to cut by.   Using both the handsaw and the exacto knifes to carve.  We saved the pieces that we cut off the bottom piece for the arms/feet.  (TIP: Wear a mask while carving, styrofoam gets everywhere!)
  2. Once we had the top of the body and the bottom of the body carved to our liking, we then drilled two holed into the styrofoam where we wanted the two pieces to connect using a bit the size of our dowels.  Place dowels into with a small amount of glue (careful that the glue you use doesn't melt your styrofoam).   
  3. We then carved our arms and small feet but did NOT attach them yet to the Mummy body.  We also do NOT attach our wig head (although you could, we chose not to, because we knew with our many military moves, it would be better to keep it unattached when not in use!).
  4. Next take your material, (NOTE: buy the cheapest canvas looking material you can find.  There are many choices and sometimes you can find something on sale. Look around and remember anything cream colored that will weather well will work!) and cut into strips about two inches wide as long as your material will let you.  Length doesn't really matter.  Straight cuts are NOT needed OR wanted.  Ragged edges are the goal.  Even a little frayed edges are OK too, as long as it won't fray too much!  
  5. Now as you can imagine the next step involves your Glue gun and a lot of wrapping of those strips of material.  Take your time and just wrap material in different directions to achieve the look you want.  A low heat glue gun works best for this otherwise you run the risk of melting your styrofoam.  Wrap entire body and then wrap arms, feet and head too.  
  6. Now before you get excited and use the cheesecloth too, let's attach the arms, feet and head.  For the arms and feet, we just placed where we wanted and then hot glued them in place.  For the head, I left it loose, like I said above, I wanted it so that when I packed it up I could take it off.  I took another small dowel and placed in both head and body where I wanted it, but didn't glue in.  Then I took a few extra pieces of long material and glued to the back and lightly wrapped around head, where I could loop on and off when I wanted to.  I also add my cheesecloth the same way.  Glued just the ends to the back and gently draped it around the head leaving it loose so that when I wanted to take the head off I could.  
  7. Next I added cheesecloth to the rest of the body.  Depending on what type of cheesecloth you buy, you may need to age your cheesecloth a little before using it.  IF so, you can add holes in it and stain it with a used tea bag.  
  8. We added a black rose that I purchased from a craft store as the final touch.  And WA LA!!!  Your own DIY Mummy!!!  

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  1. This looks really cool Pam! It would be perfect for a Halloween party. I chose it as today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. You can see your feature here. I can't wait to see all your other great ideas. What I have seen so far have been really cool.

  2. So real looking Pam! I Love it!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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