Booook

Halloween is right around the corner!  So it’s time to start with props.  I started with a prop of Book from Hocus Pocus.  I used the following blog post from 102 Wicked Things to Do as a launching point to create my book.  I found it on Pinterest.

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Halloween Ghosts

I was at Walmart this morning, and I saw these cute little ghosts.  I said to my husband, “Wouldn’t they be cute hanging from our tree?”  And he said, “You could make that.”  The original ghost was $3.98 each.  I went back to the craft section and picked up some plain white cotton fabric, some Styrofoam balls, and some pipe cleaners.  Total cost = $7.00 and enough materials to make 6 ghosts, but I could have bought one less pack of cloth ($6.00 total).

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Nurse Mildred Ratched

Halloween for me is almost like a cosplay.  Last year I did Bride of Frankenstein.  This year I’m doing One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest.  I’ve completed my props and I kept them simple this year.  I made the PA system, a sliding glass window to dispense the medication, and a padded wall.  And my costume is a bit of a Cosplay of Nurse Ratched.

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Spooky Spider Web Shawl

About a month ago, Shaina E on  The Crochet Addiction Facebook group posted a photo of a spider web shawl/poncho that she designed and free-handed.  I thought it was so clever, and I thought I could probably recreate it.

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This would be the first time I ever tried to recreate something by a picture.  I did recreate her design, and I think mine came out pretty close to hers.  She said she just used all treble crochet (tr) and chains, but I had my stitches grow from double crochet (dc) to quadruple treble crochet (qtc).  I may have made that last stitch up.  I haven’t seen anything written about that one, but I imagine it’s out there somewhere.

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Bride of Frankenstein

My Halloween theme this year was Bride of Frankenstein.  I’ve been working on this theme all year, so it was great to see it finally come to life.  Many of my props I’ve been posting over the past week, but there were plenty of decorations as well like the Mad Scientist Lab Combo and the Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein wall decals.

My costume I made following the Little Miss Monstrous Costume pin on Pinterest and I also tried another pin to erase my eyebrows.  I’m not great at makeup, but overall I think my makeup came out pretty decent.  Also, my friend did the eyebrows because I knew I would mess those up.

For the costume, I followed the directions for the drape and arm wraps.  The wig, I crocheted.  I also made some gloves to cover my hands as well.  If I were to do it all over again, I would not have used ace bandages for the arms wraps.  They were not comfortable and kept slipping all day.  I think I’d probably just make wraps from rags.  Perhaps using a cheap bed sheet?  But I do love the final costume.  This pin has also been re-pined from my board probably at least a hundred times by now.  I hope there were a lot of Brides of Frankenstein out there this year.  And yes, this costume is much better and more authentic than the one I saw at Target.

So, my cubicle won 1st place at work and my costume won 3rd place.  I’m very happy with my results.  And I have at least two more Halloween ideas in my head to keep me going for the next couple of years, although it would be pretty difficult (and expensive) to top this one.

Frankenstein’s Lab Props Part 5

Part 5 in the Frankenstein’s Laboratory prop series, leading up to Halloween.  The next prop for Frankenstein’s Lab was also inspired from pictures of the movie set.  This one is a giant wheel.

Materials:

  1. Two Large wire wreath frame
  2. Styrofoam rod
  3. Styrofoam disk
  4. Newspaper
  5. Flour
  6. Water
  7. Brown spray paint

Note:  I just did this one by the seat of my pants with no plan.  If I were to do this one over again, I think I could have made it much better.  I’m going to provide instructions on how I think it should have been made, rather than how I actually made it.

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Completed wheel

Steps:

  1. Cut the Styrofoam rod in half.
  2. Space the rods evenly around the Styrofoam disk and trace the circumferences onto the Styrofoam disk.
  3. Cut out the rod circumferences around the Styrofoam disk to about 1 – 2″ deep, judge the depth off of the position of the wreath frame.
  4. Place the Styrofoam rods into the Styrofoam disk and make sure they position so they fit inside the large wire frame.
  5. Place the Styrofoam rods inside the two large wreath frames (sandwiched) and tied the wreath frames together.
  6. Mix the flour and water together for the paper mache.
  7.  Rip the newspaper into strips.
  8. Paper mache the newspaper strips around the wheel frame.
  9. Do about two coats around the entire wheel.
  10. Once dry, paint the wheel with the brown spray paint.

OK, Since this was my first time doing paper mache in many, many years, I found that I made many mistakes,  The paper split.  Not sure why?  I tried to smooth it out with plaster of Paris and that was a big mistake.  Overall, I wasn’t entirely happy with the end product, but I didn’t feel like ripping it apart and starting all over again.  Hopefully these instructions are better than the process I initially followed.

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Wheel prop in progress