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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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.


  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


  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:


  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.


  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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  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.

Frankenstein’s Lab Props Part 3

Part 3 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.  I think this is a large Jacob’s ladder, perhaps?

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Completed prop


  1. Large wire wreath frame
  2. Gold metal rings (various sizes)
  3. Poster board
  4. Metallic gold spray paint
  5. Gold string
  6. Gold beads
  7. Plastic flower pot
  8. Metallic gold duct tape (3 -4 rolls)
  9. Strobing wire

Most of these supplies were purchased at craft stores and the light wire was purchased from Amazon.


  1. I traced the gold metallic rings on the poster board, with a larger ring and then the next size down.  I cut out these circular disks from the poster board.
  2. I taped the poster board to the gold metal ring using the duct tape, then I wrapped the entire disk with the gold metallic duct tape.
  3. I spray painted the large wire wreath frame with the metallic gold paint.
  4. I made four gold disks total, not counting the wire wreath frame.
  5. I then cut out 12 – 8″ circles from poster board or heavy stock, 24 – 6″ circles, 24 – 4″ circles, and 24 – 2″ circles.
  6. I spray painted the paper circles on both sides with the gold metallic paint and punched small holes in the center of each.
  7. I punched three holes around each of the gold disks, trying to keep them in line with each other.
  8. I started with the smallest gold disk and tied the gold string through one of the holes in the disk.
  9. Next I knotted the string at about 4″, and
    1. strung in a gold bead,
    2. then 2″ circle,
    3. then gold bead,
    4. then 4″ circle,
    5. then gold bead,
    6. then 6″ circle,
    7. then gold bead
    8. then 8″circle,
    9. then gold bead,
    10. then 6″ circle,
    11. then gold bead,
    12. then 4″ circle,
    13. then gold bead,
    14. then 2″ circle,
    15. then gold bead and knotted.
  10. I did this two more times for this gold disk on the other two holes.
  11. Then I took each of the three strings and ties them to the next sized gold disk up in size.
  12. As I continued up through the gold disks, I increased the length of the gold string, but in general I tries to keep the circle/bead series in the center of the gold string between the gold disks.
  13. I took the flower pot and spray painted it inside and out with the gold metallic paint.
  14. I tapped the bottom disk to the flower pot.
  15. I took the strobbing wire and tied it up through the inside of the prop.
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Circular disks wrapped with gold metallic duct tape

This prop took me about a month to make over the summer.  This was definitely the most time consuming of all the props I made.

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Close up of the beads and circles

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The strobbing wire through the inside of the prop.

Frankenstein’s Lab Props Part 2

Part 2 in the Frankenstein’s Laboratory prop series, leading up to Halloween.  The next prop for Frankenstein’s Lab was inspired from pictures of the movie set.  I don’t know what this prop is called, but it is a piece of high voltage electrical equipment.

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  1. Nested bowls
  2. Metallic silver spray paint
  3. Silver string
  4. Styrofoam ball
  5. Paperclip

I purchased the nested bowls on Amazon and the rest of the supplies came from a local craft store.


  1. I painted the Styrofoam ball and plastic bowls inside and out with the metallic silver paint.
  2. I drilled holes in the center of each bowl.
  3. I strung the silver string through each bowl and triple knotted the string under each bowl.
  4. I strung the silver string through the Styrofoam ball.  (I used a wood kebab skewer to drill the hole through the Styrofoam ball.)
  5. I knotted the string under the Styrofoam ball and used half a paperclip to pin down the rest of the silver string to the Styrofoam ball.

The assembly of this prop was quick, but I did a few coats of paint on the bowls inside and out, so they require drying time.

Frankenstein’s Lab Prop

This year for our office Halloween contest theme, I’m doing Bride of Frankenstein.  I’ve decorated my cubicle area as Frankenstein’s laboratory with some elements from the movie and some not.  This first prop that I made, was just a simple mad scientist lab prop.

Frankenstein's Lab Prop

To create this prop I used:

  1. Wooden box
  2. Gauges
  3. Knobs
  4. Steampunk lamp
  5. Vintage Light bulb
  6. Styrofoam
  7. Dowels
  8. Hot glue

I purchased the gauges and knobs on Etsy, the steampunk lamp on Amazon, and the wooden box, vintage light bulb, Styrofoam, dowels, and hot glue from a craft store.  The box I bought was pre-stained.


  1. I cut the dowels down to about 4″ and hot glued them into the radio knobs.
  2. I drilled holes into the box large enough for the dowels to go through.  (The open end of the box faces the back.
  3. I put the dowels through the drilled holes into Styrofoam blocks.  This allows the radio knobs to be able to be turned.
  4. I glues the gauges onto the box above the knobs.
  5. I placed the steampunk lamp on top of the box with a vintage light bulb.

This was a quick and easy project.  Once you gather the materials, this takes a half hour to make, maybe an hour tops.