Introduction: Audrey II From Little Shop of Horrors

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This is a papier mache Audrey II that I did for Halloween this year.  I love doing papier mache and thought that the plant from outer space was perfect for this medium.  I wanted to make this using stuff I already had around the house, but I had to buy the styrofoam and the posterboards.  Try and experiment around with different items to make your armature, be creative!  This took a little over a week to make and I ended up spending $18 on supplies I didn't already have.

I use DIF wallpaper adhesive mixed in a coffee can with water, about half and half, and shredded (not cut) strips of newspaper.

You will need:

DIF wallpaper adhesive
12" balloon
lots of  newspaper
masking tape
twine
card stock
3 heavy weight posterboards
3 light weight posterboards
6 wire clothes hangers
Gesso
paint brush
hot glue gun
chunk of styrofoam
large flower pot



Step 1:

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Blow up balloon and tie off.  Mix wallpaper adhesive with water, tear strips of newspaper, and cover balloon completely except for the tied end.  Let dry overnight.  Repeat layers and drying four times.  Cut the tied end off and let balloon deflate, pull it out and cover the hole with a layer of newspaper strips.

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Bunch up a piece of newspaper to be about a one inch thick rope and long enough to go from one side to the other.  Use a picture of Audrey to help eyeball the placement. Tape in place.

Step 3:

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Doing the same thing again make a lower lip and the side muscles of the mouth.

Step 4:

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Cover this whole part with more strips of papier mache and let dry.  After it dries you can go back and "fill" in parts with more strips and/or wads of newspaper, papier mache over the added on parts.

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Use twine to make the plant veins, then cover it all with more layers of papier mache.  Turn over and repeat on the bottom.

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Cut out several leaves from the light weight posterboard  in different sizes to arrange around the back of the head. I did 12 about the size of my hand. 

Cut three large leaves from the heavy weight posterboard, and another three about an inch or so smaller from the lightweight posterboard. 

Unwind three wire clothes hangers. Bend the hangers into a wave, so the three main leaves are slightly curled.  Hot glue wire onto the heavy leaf, then glue the slightly smaller leaf on top.  Put a couple of layers of papier mache on the 3 large leaves, and paint the small leaves green.  The paint will make the posterboard curl a little, this is okay.

Now this part I had to finagle around a bit so if you have a better way of doing it go with it!  I took a tube from wrapping paper, put a wire coat hanger in it then stuck it down into the middle of the styrofoam.  I had to brace it at the bottom because the tube I used was too wimpy and started to bend.  I papier mached the stem three times. 

While this was drying I rolled up two sheets of newspaper into long root shapes, taped on little triangles made out of the card stock and papier mached it, twice, to make two roots.

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Paint everything with a coat of white paint.  I have a large tub of Gesso that I use for my base coat on all my papier mache.  It can be pricey, but it has lasted me through many, many projects. 

Once the primer was dry I used green, brown, yellow, and burnt umber acrylic paints on everything. 

Poke a hole in the back of the head where you want the wire hanger to go through, thread on the  head and hot glue the small leaves to the back of the head arranging them so the wire is hidden. 

Stick the large leaves in the styrofoam, arrange the roots and you're done!

Step 8: At Home in the Living Room...

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It has its own spot in the living room  until Halloween, and then it will be on the porch....

Comments

LewisFormanOfTardis (author)2014-10-22

Hi, I can't do art XD I really need one of these for my singing exam and really want one because I love little shop and its amazing... Is there any chance you could make me one to buy off of you? thanks a bunch :)

bathsheba_everdene (author)2013-09-11

By the way, any reason you used wallpaper adhesive instead of the usual water-glue-flour mixture for papier-mâché?

I like the wallpaper paste because it's premixed and I can store it indefinitely. When it dries it's super hard. Also, we get lots of mildew and mold here and I always worry about that happening with the flour mixture.

bathsheba_everdene (author)2013-09-11

Sorry, I have no idea why the word "mache" posted like that. It looked normal before I posted.

bathsheba_everdene (author)2013-08-30

This could make an awesome piranha plant from Super Mario. I could use a green bucket for the pipe.

jhutchison1 (author)2013-01-07

Just watched little Shop with my 3y/o daughter. She would not go to bed till i promised to make an Audrey 2 with her at weekend. Thank you so much for saving my butt!

yellowdude8 (author)2010-10-25

i had this same idea! but i am still going to post mine. It has a moving jaw!

Do that! I would love to see it. I might even get organised and try and roboticise it one day. When the dinosaurs from the robosapiens people get cheap enough to pull apart you could use the 'aggressive' setting to have an Audrey that has at people who come too close =).

sadly my moving jaw isnt robotic but it still does open and close. This way of building the head, is a lot easier than mine, as well as cheaper!

yellowdude8 (author)yellowdude82010-11-07

I have finally finished my version of these project, and posted it. Here is the link if you are interested in looking at it:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Audrey-II/

Thanks Yellow Dude!

Between the two of you there are plenty of ideas there to rip off =).

That sounds great! Can't wait to see it - be sure and post it :-)

MalmeyStudios (author)2010-11-08

I LOVED this ible this one got my vote. It is truly one of the best. Good Luck!!

Wo0kiE (author)2010-11-02

all you need now is a speaker installed in the bottom and some way to play back the one-liners from the film!

BRILLIANT!
LOVE IT!

Tupulov (author)2010-10-25

This is too cool for words! I love Audrey II!

staffa (author)2010-10-25

this is so awesome. i wanted to try and create something like this into a costume. nice to see something older around halloweedn

craftydabbler (author)2010-10-24

Thanks for all the great feedback! I hope it inspires other people to try papier mache. I think this could also be made in a size that would sit on a desk - great conversation starter!

porcupinemamma (author)2010-10-24

Very very clever, and so creative! Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational Instructable!!!!

psbrady1 (author)2010-10-24

Very cool. Thanks for the instructions. I loved Little Shop of Horrors, and I think this would look cool in the house. Good Job!

TEnglish319 (author)2010-10-24

Absolutely beautiful. My father is a big fan of the film. I think this may be a Christmas gift.

Thursday Next (author)2010-10-24

My granddaughter Audrey found this interesting.

craftydabbler (author)2010-10-21

Thanks! It can be a little time consuming, not to mention taking up a lot of space for the process, but it's always worth it in the end. If I make it again I want to figure out a way to make the head move....I thought the wire coat hanger would give it some chance to sway with a breeze.

Honus (author)craftydabbler2010-10-22

It's awesome- the perfect thing to put by the front door for Halloween. I'll be posting an instructable soon that will help you animate it. You could even do it using a remote inside your house. :)

NutandBolt (author)craftydabbler2010-10-21

It is worth the time doing it and it is also great project to do with kids. You can try and use some type of long metal spring, they have good flexibility.

kiffakitty (author)2010-10-22

this is such a great idea-I'm gonna make one as my brother's christmas gift!!

craftydabbler (author)kiffakitty2010-10-22

I thought it might find a home in my daughter's dorm room after Halloween.....unfortunately she doesn't share my sense of .........quirkiness. hah.

valhallas_end (author)2010-10-21

Wow. I only vaguely remember that title now - neat blast from the past. Nice work.

Of course, my geekier side immediately kicked in with plans to modify this for Deku Babas and Piranha Plants for my yard. Once on, never off. Very nice method though - and easily adaptable.

bigmark (author)2010-10-20

im making this for my aunts flower shop in cleveland.its called,
"little shop of hollys" she'll love it!!! thank you,great job!!!

Kryptonite (author)bigmark2010-10-21

I'm sure it'll bring in all the customers!

daltonjcw (author)Kryptonite2010-10-21

"that's so peculiar, Wherever'd you get it?!"

lancmaltby (author)2010-10-21

Love this. - great job

iminthebathroom (author)2010-10-21

papermache is the new black!

palmerpirate (author)2010-10-21

You're my new best friend forever for posting this.

mary candy (author)2010-10-21

very cool!

motadacruz (author)2010-10-21

Awesome instructable!!

mikeasaurus (author)2010-10-20

Feed me, Seymour!

LOL!

zascecs (author)2010-10-20

Wow, this is neat, i might do this for Halloween, but plant it in the ground

Torpidai (author)zascecs2010-10-21

I'td be fun to hook this up with a motion sensor and mp3 player for halloween :)

skittlespider (author)Torpidai2010-10-21

Yeah, when you get close it could say "Feed Me"

If one got ambitious enough, you could rig it with a motor inside for movement, so it could 'follow' your Halloween guests as they walk by. That would be awesome!

NutandBolt (author)2010-10-21

Beautiful job, you realy put a lot of work into making it ;-)

l8nite (author)2010-10-20

Thats Awesome ! ! going in my fav file for next yr...

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