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Bring the party with this Animal costume! I strongly suggest starting by finding every relevant picture from the web you can to use as reference. Here are some of the other things you'll need.

Head:
Paper Mache (Flour, Water, Salt, and Paper)
Large 17" Balloon
Fleece
Felt (Red, Pink, and Black)
Clear Plastic Christmas Ornaments
Yarn (Red, Pink, and Orange)
White closed cell hard foam
Black Skrim
Construction Hard Hat

Clothes:
Orange Long Sleeve Shirt
Orange Knee High Soccer Socks
Orange Gloves
Brown Pants
Hemp Rope Belt
Punk Rock T-Shirt

Accessories:
Sintra Plastic
Fake Plastic Chain
Foam Spikes
Drum Sticks

 
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Step 1: Paper Mache

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Paper Mache
1 part flour, 2 parts water, add some salt to help make it stronger and last longer (or so I've been told)

This process can be a little messy, so put down some plastic and wear an apron.

1) Blow up the balloon and tape it to a base that will keep it upright.

2) Rip some recycled paper into 2" strips. Ripping helps make a good edge for bonding, and you should prepare all the paper you'll need before getting your hands dirty.

3) Go to town, making sure to completely cover the balloon evenly. I did about 5-7 total layers to make it really strong and easy to handle later on.

You will need to let it cure completely, which might take a couple days, before you pop the balloon and start cutting!
jleighkrupp1 month ago
I was very inspired by your costume so I had to try my own. He turned out pretty cute but a much smaller scale. Thanks for the help!
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Mannisto721 month ago

excellent instructions! I used the spray adhesive instead of sewing the hair.

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KcRyan1 month ago

Hello, Congrats on this awesome build. I love it... This year, I had a choice of 3 different costumes i wanted to do (Groot, Real Steel "Atom", Animal) and after the Voting was done. Animal took the Cake. So I will be following your guide and making Animal.

I have only 1 question, Where and what size of chain did you get? and is it Plastic?

I can't wait to get started on this years costume.

by the way here was my costumes from the past 2 years, Bender from Futrurama and BeetleJuice "Hammer Hands" 2 years ago.

thank you,

Casey

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priggs211 months ago
Thanks for the guide, mine turned out great! Never done anything like this before. http://i.imgur.com/88v1mNl.jpg
ANIMAL IS THE BEST! Great work, i bet it was super fun to wear.
Being a Canadian resident, I'm not sure I can get my hands on Sintra Plastic.

What else can I use for this step? Also, what else can be used in place of rivets for attaching the Hard Hat to the mache core? What kind of "hoop" will I need as well. I'm going to attempt this and want as much knowledge as possible before I embark on this task.
peacenag2 years ago
Just wanted to tell u-your animal costume ROCKs!---so much i attemtped to follow your pattern....best i could....first time wtih paper mache...etc...didnt' think i could do...but your input was GREAT!!!
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ThomasJGreen (author)  peacenag2 years ago
That group shot is amazing. Well done!!
Woody712 years ago
Well, I did it! I'd never used paper mache or hot glue before but your 'ible was so awesome that the costume came together flawlessly. My kids were skeptical at the beginning of the project and jealous once it was finished. Now they want me to make next year's costumes for them. Mission success!
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ThomasJGreen (author)  Woody712 years ago
Fantastic! Well done, but you've pointed out the real challenge...topping it next year! Good luck!
Hey man, you inspired me to craft my own one as soon as i seen this. I didn't quite follow all of your instructions..... but if it wasn't for this guide i wouldn't even of made one in the first place :P lol.

I have attached a picture of the finished Mask.

Thanks again!
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lol, I like the foam idea much better. Just because I'm very impatient with paper mache. Does yours get too hot after wearing for a long time? (im just guessing cause the foam would get hotter than paper... usually..)
Thanks for the message. Yeah the Mask does tend to heat up a bit especially with all the extra hair (wool) that gets added to it, although with winter fast approaching it does keep the face warm,lol.

I have since uploaded an instructable on here detailing how i achieved this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Muppet-Man-Project/

But as mentioned credit has to go to Thomas here for his instrucable \m/, hope he doesn't mind me adding a link to my page? (If so let me know and i can remove it man)

Thanks, Nath
skulipeg2 years ago
Thanks so much for all the detailed instructions. We slightly modified them, and the result was a perfect animal costume for our 9-year old daughter. Couldn't have done it without your help!
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ThomasJGreen (author)  skulipeg2 years ago
That is FANTASTIC, and makes me so very happy! You are welcome and thank you for sharing this!
Woody712 years ago
Awesome 'ible!

What did you use for the mouth hoop?
ThomasJGreen (author)  Woody712 years ago
The mouth hoop was some scavenged plastic from a baby carriage that had a flexible sun shade on top.
gotcha! i'll post pics when i'm done.

i'm trying to draw up some kind of internal mechanism to move the mouth and eyebrows for added effect but it'll likely have to wait until after halloween....dang it all!

thanks for the help and, again, really great 'ible.
nycnyusa2 years ago
I love it, but how do you see?
ThomasJGreen (author)  nycnyusa2 years ago
The back of the mouth is covered with skrim fabric. It is see-thru when up close, but opaque from further away.
Ok, thanks!
LucDaRocka13 years ago
dude u inspired me for my halloween party costume, my band is playing at my halloween party and we are making costumes and dressing up as electric mayhem now!
tizart73 years ago
Awesome!!!!
jabronie253 years ago
Ready for a rock concert? Nice costume!
jbonyman3 years ago
yeaaaaah, ditto. To each his own though.
instruct393 years ago
this costume is the greatest! 5*
ve2vfd3 years ago
Win win win! I love the costume! And the instructions are clear.
Honus3 years ago
Love it! Awesome costume!
For forming Sintra try putting it in boiling water, then form it and dunk it in cold water.
screemrhed93 years ago
uh, Animal was a drummer.
bigwhitebob3 years ago
Awesome
Timetable3 years ago
To make Paper Mache is too boring occupation, I will never do such a costume
Thanks for that
Very nicely done! Animal totally rocks.
Some Dork3 years ago
Heck yeah, this is awesome!
randofo3 years ago
Awesome costume! An enthusiastic two thumbs up!