One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest vs. Beetlejuice

This year’s Halloween theme was One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.  I already posted about my PA System prop and my Nurse Ratched Wig.  So for our office Halloween party, I prepared my One Flew Over the Cuckoos Next scene.

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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

 

 

Frankenstein’s Lab Props Part 4

Part 4 in the Frankenstein’s Laboratory prop series, leading up to Halloween.  These next props were some quick easy props I put together for Frankenstein’s Lab.  One of them was inspired from pictures of the movie set.  The other one is just a map scientist prop made from excess parts.

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Completed lever

Large lever:

Materials:

  1. Styrofoam half ball
  2. Styrofoam ball
  3. Styrofoam rod
  4. Black paint
  5. White paint

I found all of these supplies at craft stores.

Steps:

  1. Paint the half ball and small ball black.  I did two coats.
  2. Paint one of the rods white (two coats as well).
  3. I traced the rod circumference onto the half ball and onto the small ball.
  4. I cut the rod circumference out through the half circle and I cut out the circumference into the small ball a couple of inches.
  5. I placed the rod into the small ball and the half ball

To create the mad scientist lab prop I used:

  1. Styrofoam cube
  2. Gauges
  3. Knobs
  4. Styrofoam balls (1 large and 2 small)
  5. Dowels
  6. Hot glue
  7. Poster Board
  8. Metallic silver paint
  9. Black paint
  10. Silver wire
  11. Kebab sticks
  12. Clock hands
  13. Glue
  14. Putty

This one I just kind of threw together with some excess pieces of the other props and some other pieces I bought and never used.

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Steps:

  1. Spray paint the Styrofoam balls, dowels, and kebab sticks metallic silver.
  2. Trace the Styrofoam block onto poster board and cut out.
  3. Paint the glue the poster board onto the Styrofoam cube.
  4. Paint the cube black (2 coats).
  5. Glue the one gauge onto the cube.
  6. Cut the wood dowels and hot glue into the knobs so that about 2″ of dowel sticks out.  (See the first post in this series for more).
  7. Stick the radio knobs into the Styrofoam of the Styrofoam block.
  8. Stick the silver painted dowel into the large silver Styrofoam ball and stick into the top of of the Styrofoam block.
  9. Wrap the silver wire around a cylindrical object t form the shape.  I used one of the Styrofoam rods from the above prop.
  10. Cut the silver wire in half.
  11. Stick the silver kebab stick into the small silver painted Styrofoam ball, place through half of the coiled silver wire, and stick the other end into the top of the Styrofoam block, at an angle.  Do this for both.
  12. Expand the coiled silver wire to the length between the ball and the block.
  13. I went online and looked for imaged of gauges and found one I liked and printed it out to the size I wanted.  Look for an image you like
  14. Glue the gauge image onto the Styrofoam block.
  15. Roll out some putty to form a frame around the gauge.
  16. Paint the putty black.
  17. Take a second hand from a clock hands kit and stick into the Styrofoam to be the gauge needle.