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Adam and Barbara Maitland Costumes from BeetleJuice!

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For Halloween this year my boyfriend and I decided to go as the Maitlands from Beetle Juice. We are both huge fans of Halloween and Tim Burton and wanted to do a monster mask costume. These costumes are much easier than they look and there is plenty of room for variation to suit individual tastes. They were as much fun to make as they were to wear! We hope you enjoy them!
 
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Step 1: The Materials

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For these masks you will need:

Thin cardboard
One roll of Masking tape
Wire hangers
An old helmet or a hat
Newspaper
Paper mache clay ingredients
  • Cheap toilet paper (measure the wet paper pulp, and use 1.24 cups – some rolls contain more paper than needed)
  • 1 cup Joint compound from the hardware store (get “regular,” not “fast set” or “light”.)
  • 3/4 cup Elmer’s Glue-all
  • 1/2 cup White Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Linseed Oil
*Or regular paper Mache
Black Nylon
Brown fur
Crayola Model Magic
Various colors of Acrylic paint and brushes
One rubber glove


These materials in total cost less than $50 to accumulate and are used for both of these masks.
ChristalR6 hours ago

Are you willing to

ChristalR6 hours ago

are you willing to

AmandaI28 days ago

How'd do you make the eyes?

qwertyuiopll (author) 11 months ago
dable so sorry I haven't gotten back to you! I just got the instructables app. Yes the pmc should be very thin. Build everything out of paper and tape and just let the pmc be the outer coat or it will get very heavy. for Barbara there are a lot of pieces you can substitute if it is getting too heavy. especially the teeth. try making those out of modeling foam too. or cover paper or cotton balls with pmc to take off some of the weight. The Barbara mask is the heaviest, but the lower jaw rested on my chest and made it pretty comfortable. I also used an old shoulder pad for my forehead to make it softer. Remember you don't need to use so much paper mache clay because it will dry very hard and is really durable.
I'm going to make these for my boyfriend and I, and our best friends are dressing up as Beetle juice and Lydia. Do you have any pointers? I'm anxious to get started :)
Camoorer11 months ago
These are awesome. Can I buy them?? Way too hard for me to make.
Ebvardh1 year ago
Awesome! I've always been a huge fan of Beetlejuice. I might try to do these this year.
dable1 year ago
Soooo, taking a crack at this. Got my first amount of 'paper mache clay' and overnight its already too heavy. The wife is going to refuse to wear it, if I keep this up. What you see in the picture that is white is 100% paper mache clay. Should I be modeling with tape and newspaper first and then just be putting light amounts of paper mache clay over it like skin? For some reason I thought the mask would be 90% paper mache clay, but if that's the case it'll be too heavy for the average neck, or I'm doing something wrong. PLEASE HELP! :(

Photo: http://imgur.com/fCQoVvR
sprnklz541 year ago
Love it!!! BeetleJuice is the best!!
sclocher1 year ago
Great job! Also, i find it pretty funny that you bought those outfits at the good will, and Lydia's line (in response to Otho asking about there clothes for the Seance) is "You'll have to check the Goodwill" lol.... Sorry to nerd out, but great job none the less, might do this for Halloween this year.
Hunrichse1 year ago
awesome i love it
This is so amazing. Best costume duo EVER!
CandyLV1 year ago
Fantastic!
Brilliant!
Nick705871 year ago
That is so great!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Love this movie and your look is spot on! Very well done!
pokiespout1 year ago
Gorgeous work, and this thing doesn't even read like stereo instructions!
I've been seeing photos of this all over! Super awesome.
I gasped when I saw this. Love this so much, great work!!!
Yay! Way awesome costumes and you have the book too!!!