Stranger Things Halloween

Well, as I’ve been writing about, my theme for Halloween this year is Stranger Things Season 4 and I’ll be dressing up as Eddie Munson. I started by trying to re-create the Grandfather Clock from the first episode. Then I built Vecna using a lot of foam and tape. And most of my other decorations center around Eddie’s story from Season 4.

Most of the stuff I used for decorations I found on Amazon, a couple of demobats to hang from the porch, a Stained glass poster to hang on my storm door, bats, pom poms, Tigers patch, and door mat. I also found Dusty’s hat, but that link doesn’t work anymore. I’m surprised I couldn’t find more.

A few things came from Etsy including a Hawkins sign, a Vecna garden flag, and headphones. And I bought a bunch of stickers from RedBubble to make my signs and a poster of Eddie’s guitar.

Welcome to Hawkins sign and garden flag.

A hung the grandfather clock on our tree and made a Chrissy sign with a pom pom and Tigers patch. A blue spot light shines on it at night.

I put Vecna on the front porch and used my vines to attach him to the porch posts. I also added vines to the house in several locations. My vines were several sizes because I used foam sliced in strips, for the thicker vines, and clothesline and dollar store clothesline for the smaller vines. They were wrapped in black duct tape and/or electrical tape. I also had some white spooky cloth that I wrapped around the vines in some locations.

Part of me wants to create a ton more vines to cover the house. And the other part of me say, just let it go.

Vecna Lives

My second prop for Halloween this year was Vecna. I wanted a life sized Vecna for my decorations, but I couldn’t find anything, so I made it.

I started with a Styrofoam head, cut off the nose and used modeling clay to add the embellishments to his face. I also learned a lesson about Styrofoam. I already knew not to spray-paint Styrofoam. Now I learned not to add modeling clay directly to the Styrofoam. It will eat away at the Styrofoam as well and cause it to sink away, until eventually it just falls off and leaves the eaten away Styrofoam. In this particular case, he kind of reminded me of Vison from the Avengers.

So after my first failed attempt, I decided to try again, but this time I made sure that I primed the Styrofoam a few times first. This time the clay stayed on and I was able to finish his head with paint and some doll eyes.

Next up, creating the body. This took a lot of foam and white duct tape. Oh, and a few wire hangers, plus some spooky hands. I started with the arms, then the legs, created the body and then taped them all together. Even Mara Jade jumped in to investigate.

I used brown packing paper, soaked in water and wrinkled up to glue on. Before papering the body and legs I speared the body with a broom handle because I wanted to use an umbrella stand to hold him up.

Once the “skin” was on I started painting, and painting, and painting. Plus I attached the head to the broom handle also.

I already made many vines for the house and to attach him to the house. I used lots of cut foam, clothesline, black duct tape, and electrical tape.

But, I found some great YouTube videos from Cris Alex, with lots of the embellishments for Vecna, including the vines, cones, and veins. It really helped me to take him to the next level.

My husband says he is the best thing I’ve ever made, and I have to admit that I’m pretty proud of him.

Stranger Things Grandfather Clock

This year’s Halloween theme is Stranger Things Season 4. There are 2 main props I plan to make, plus many decorations I put together. I’ll also cosplay Eddie Munson. The first prop I made was the grandfather clock, which will be hung on a tree, to simulate the first time we see the grandfather clock in the fist episode (I grabbed this photo off the internet to help me see the details to create the clock, as well as several other photos I found).

Materials:

Box

Cheap clock

Gold scrapbooking paper

Black marbled scrapbooking paper

Clock hands

Styrofoam circle

Plexiglass

Cork coaster

3 wood blocks

Styrofoam balls

Dowels

Paint

Glue

Toilet paper rolls

Gold tissue paper (gift paper)

Chains

Grandfather clock pendulum

Sharpie

Spiders

I started with this 12 x 12 box I found at Walmart. This was the exact shape I was looking for, so I started by painting it all black inside and outside. Once the black paint dried I used metallic gold, metallic copper, and dark granite to add stipes/splotches on the black paint, then used the dark blue paint to cover/smooth out the paints. I wanted to give it an old, antiqued look.

I found a cheap clock that I wanted to use for the clock face, but the clock face was glued onto the plastic, so I had to break off all the plastic bits surrounding the clock face. Then I cut the plastic with scissors to make it as smooth as possible.

I found an image of a seconds dial online and printed that out. I cut the seconds hand from my clock hands kit to a shorter size. I cut the black marble paper in a circle to place on top of the clock face. The black circle was glued on top of the clock face and then the seconds dial was glued on top of that (under the XII). I used a glue gun to glue the seconds hand onto the seconds dial.

I glued the gold scrapbooking paper inside the wood box. Then I used the glue gun to glue the clock face into the wood box.

Next, I took the Styrofoam circle and cut it in half to have a half circle. The box was 12 x 12, so I got a 10″ diameter circle, so I’d have 2 extra inches at the top. I painted the Styrofoam the same way I painted the box, as well as the 3 wood blocks. At the same time I had a piece of card board that I cut to fit inside the half circle. I glued more gold scrapbooking paper to the cardboard. I took the cork coaster and painted it black The minutes hand from my clock hand set was glued on top of this. Then this was glued on top of the gold cardboard. Then the gold cardboard was glued to the Styrofoam with a glue gun. Now the whole thing was glued together, on top of the clock box, using a glue gun.

To make the Grandfather clock weights, I used toilet paper rolls and glued the gold wrap on top of them. I made four. I also bought an actual pendulum, so I didn’t make one, but as a back up I would have used another cork coaster and the gold wrap, if I had to make one.

I drilled holes in the bottom of the box so the weight and pendulum chains could hang through. I attached the chains, weights and the pendulum to the box. Next I glued the plexiglass on top of the block. I specifically purchased a 12 x 12 size so I wouldn’t have to cut it. Originally I wanted to crack or break it so I’d have the cracks in the glass, but the plexiglass was too strong. Probably best anyway because it probably would have been harder to glue that on if it were broken.

I used a sharpie to draw the cracks in the glass. Then I glued little spiders on the plexiglass. I tried to use a spray rubber to help protect the clock from the elements since it will be outside for a month. Unfortunately, despite the layers of paint and sealers that I had on the Styrofoam, it still started to melt a little when I applied the rubber spray.

I bought some shellac, so I will likely add more waterproofing before hanging up the decorations in October, but for now, the clock is done and is waiting to be hung on the tree.

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.

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.

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

Materials:

  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.

Steps:

  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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Materials:

  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.

Steps:

  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.