Introduction: Halloween Decor Werewolf Head

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I think your haunted house wall needs a big scary monster on it. Let's figure out how to make a realistic werewolf head using hot glue, a taxidermy form, sculpey, wire, fake fur and glass eyes. Sound like fun?

Please be sure to read the entire Instructable before posting questions! And is your friend :)

EDIT, october 2010: I was introduced to something called Magic Sculpt by a prop building colleague. I would highly recommend using that instead of the super sculpey i originally used for the sculpt. Magic Sculpt mixes together like an epoxy but is used like clay. You have a 2-3 hour window to work with it and it can be smoothed with water. It is tougher than sculpey and you do not have to use a hair dryer on it. It is not liable to crack like sculpey can. It will also stick to surfaces much better than sculpey.

Drawback: It is VERY heavy! It is more difficult to get fine detail with this stuff. 

Where to buy: has it as well as a few places online

Step 1: Carve Out the Face, Add Some Features

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This step you need:

Foam taxidermy form ( black bear or grizzly bear depending on size you want)

Please note! If you have issues with buying a taxidermy form, you can carve a basic form out of rigid insulation foam. I chose to use a bear form to save time. I don't have a tutorial on how to make a rigid foam carving, sorry. It's the pink stuff you can buy at Home Depot but i don't have any more info for that.

I also apologize for not having a "start" image for the bear form. I made this project without the intention of making it into an Instructable until after i was well into it.

Dremel or carve off the nose and drill a hole for glass eyes to be set into. Carve out where ever you are going to add sculpey and change the shape of the face. Bears have long droopy lips so you might want to shave them off so you can add your own snarly ones.I bought a form with an open mouth...the lower jaw is separate so you don't see it in these photos. Don't add your jaw until you sculpt all of the teeth first!

Add your sculpey. You may want to anchor longer parts into the foam with thick armature wire. Please note this on the pink clay version. Sculpt away! Remember adding fur will add some bulk to the sculpt so try not to make things too thick as far as the snout/facial muscles go.

Step 2: Add More Clay

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Keep sculpting! Start to add details like tooth grooves or lip accents. Try to keep the sculpt symmetrical by checking the progress from all sides. Add your jaw once the inside of the mouth is complete.

Step 3: Paint the Glass Eyes

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Glass eyes
Acrylic paint
Polyurethane sealer

So i got the largest blank eyes i could find...i think they are 24mm? You can also get pre painted eyes if you want to save time.
I painted the back with acrylic and sealed them with polyurethane.

Step 4: Insert Eyes, Keep Sculpting

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Materials needed:

Insert your finished eyes into the face and continue sculpting. You can anchor the eye with a ball of clay behind them and use the sculpey to form eyelids to help keep it in place.

I kind of made up the teeth. They don't follow any kind of natural carnivore tooth rules...just big and pointy.

Now you need to bake your sculpey! I used a hairdryer. You are supposed to bake sculpey in an oven but foam and heat is a probably a terrible idea. So be patient, camp out and blast this sucker with your hairdryer. Or get two hairdryers and a friend and cut on time. It'll take awhile either way.

Step 5: Paint Your Wolf!

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Materials needed:

( optional) liquid plastic ( resin) ----please read safety instructions for this material and FOLLOW THEM

Acrylic paint

Okay so once he's all baked and cooled off, you can apply a coat of plastic resin to make sure everything is sealed and will stay in place. I use a 1:1 plastic. Mix it and brush it all over the form. You don't have to do it, but i did just to make sure everything stayed in place.

Once that sets up, start painting your wolf with acrylic paint. Don't sweat the body so much as you will just be covering it in fur. The teeth on mine are not that stark white...the flash really blows the details out, sorry.

Step 6: Add Ears, Fur

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fake fur
hot glue
exacto knife

Sorry for lack of photos here, guys :C

I used glued down wire to form the ear shape and covered those in fake fur. Do the same for the face and body. Cut the fur from the back with an exacto knife, in pieces that sort of fit the shape of the head....use hot glue to secure the fur. Fill in any gaps with smaller cuts of fur fabric.

Go back and cut the facial fur short with electric hair clippers or scissors if you like for a more realistic muzzle.

Step 7: Done!

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Once the fur looks good, comb it out and make him look respectable. I got a lovely wood panel for the back of him to make it look complete and more "official". Add a silver bullet and a story and you have your werewolf trophy ready to hang! You could add different features to make a dragon, monster or whatever you want!

I used National Fiber Technology fur to make the long scruff on the back of his head. It's more expensive but creates a very realistic look. The rest of the fur is stuff i bought on ebay and at JoAnn fabrics.

So there you have it! A relatively easy way to mod a taxidermy form for your upcoming halloween party! Have fun!

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RealWerewolf (author)2017-04-29

Where can I get taxidermy foam??

twighahn (author)2010-11-18

why does your werewolf have cat eyes?

redghostrider (author)twighahn2011-02-26

Why not? I think that the "cat eyes" look definitely adds a supernatural element to it. After all, the werewolf is supposed to be a human who turns into a wolf @ night. So, if you can go along with the fact that a grown man, grows hair, long fangs, an elongated face, etc, & turns into a large wolf, why can't you believe that his eyes change into "cat eyes"?

Besides, I can think of @ least one fictional werewolf creature that had "cat eyes", and that would be MJ in "Thriller". There may be more in movie/TV fiction, so check it out.

Michael jacksons thriller wasn't a werewolf, it was a werecat

sophiatheboss (author)2016-10-10

wow this looks and is AWESOME MISSMONSTER

Swansong (author)2016-09-07

This is my favorite Halloween decoration I've seen so far. I really hope I get the time to make one this year.

KittyLee (author)2016-02-01

This is possibly the scariest Halloween prop I've ever seen. Great job!

T0BY (author)2016-01-09


chefranger (author)2015-10-07

WOW Very cool piece

fcfelix (author)2014-11-19

Very cool

ashleyjlong (author)2014-10-22

Love this! Maybe someone has already recommended it, but if it were me I'd use Smooth On Free Form Air clay. Mixes together like an epoxy and smoothes out with water, like you were saying, but incredibly light. It cures in a day and no need for baking.

If only I had more wall space, I'd make a few different monsters :)

monokuma.junko (author)2014-10-22

Wow! How much fur did you use for this awesome plush?

Dustin Rogers (author)2014-10-18

This wins...even if it was never in a contest it should be the winner. Absolutely amazing.

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-18


ladygrail (author)2013-09-16

epic! I love it!

IrishSnow35 (author)2013-07-12

Right here it looks like a psychotic Doberman. Add short fur and you'd have that look down pat...

vcote (author)2012-09-27

Taxidermy places sell lite up eyes that would be pretty rad in there

ladymachete (author)2012-09-23

What was the total or estimated cost of this?

crudders (author)2012-09-20

Magnificent !

shadow flamingfeather (author)2012-08-15

this is a terriffic instructable! i think i will do this with my mom and dad as a family project for a decoration for our annual halloween party. i love this instructable so much!

countrywolfgirl (author)2012-05-03

wow!! This is very good!
My email is if you could can you give me some tips? :)
I think a video might help to get the things shown though (no offence I get the point where it is very much easier with this) if you have enough time and things to make it with

aortega hernández (author)2012-04-05


PyramidPictures (author)2012-04-04

I'd like to talk to you about creating a werewolf costume for a horror film we will be doing soon as we find a hideous werewolf.
if interested call me sometime

lexkeepsitsimple (author)2012-01-11

This reminds me of that creepy "nothing" creature that follows Bastian in The Neverending Story! GREAT JOB!

gurobuzz (author)2011-11-24

I was very inspired by your build so I duplicated it added moving eyes, ears that drop back, snarling lips and nose and got the jaw to work via strings. The head was just used in a movie called Dogman

mookiechan (author)2011-10-25


Gunnar120 (author)2011-10-24

You know, I could carve out a cavity in the neck, then put this thing on my head... get some digitigrade stilts... SUPER REALISTIC WEREWOLF COSTUME!

RichardBronosky (author)2011-10-16

This is worthy of Chuck Testa!

bigdaddymichael (author)2011-09-24

A friend of mine does a HUGE Halloween display. Cant wait to make one of these to add to it. Thank You!!!!!

Wolfbird (author)2011-09-22

You can also use acrylic sealer (ex: Walmart has it next to their paints and canvas). It comes in a ready-to-use spray can unlike resin (which you have to mix with a catalyst) and a few light coats should do it. I use it on the beaks for my gryphon costumes and it protects paint from scratches and flaking very well.

avanbibber (author)2011-08-21

Love this!! I am going to try and draw inspiration from your head to make for my costume this year....thanks for posting!!

jugglingninja33 (author)2011-07-30

"...once he's all baked.."

Hahaha. Don't mean to be that guy, but you gave your werewolf drugs?

Ok, sorry xD Anyways, this guy is really fantastic, great job!

tinker234 (author)2011-07-15

wow hey how could i make s dragon also could i spray paint a opld bullet sliver the bullet or what

rjprod (author)2011-03-17

Looks awesome. Only suggestion would be on the hair. All one color makes it look "flat" Suggestion would be to mingle lighter greys to give it a more realistic look. Or if the hair is a single piece, use a streaking technique as a hairdresser would to add the hightlights.

Awesome job!!!

hoobs55 (author)2011-02-20

this is totally awesome! I do have a question about the longer fur, though. What kind of fur did you get from nftech? I'm assuming full werewolf but I just wanted to ask because the website doesn't have any images of their products. Thanks in advance, and keep up the amazing work!

Biggsy (author)2010-12-27

This is awesome! Welldone!

Void Schism (author)2010-10-27

I want one of these on my wall!
Great, another project to add to my list! ;)

shmyt (author)2010-10-16

Love this ible, but not such a werewolf fan, with some creativity tho this could be an excellent charr head for my wall.

lucien237 (author)2010-10-15

Amazing job missmonster. Not only does it look fabulous, it reminds me of the wolf from Neverending Story, so double kudos. :3

mechamouse (author)2010-10-14

Cool , Love your little resin dudes you make as well :0)

pyrawolf1 (author)2010-10-02

This is the best werewolf design! Wish it could be used for wear.

zombiefire (author)2010-07-24


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Chester01 (author)2009-10-25

Dude is it possible that I could buy one off of you? My family doesn't have the money for a classy Halloween, but when my kids saw this they really wanted one. But I don't think we can afford the time and effort with everything going on around here. And we don't have the money to buy all of the materials either, especially the expensive bear form. I understand if you won't want to make another one but please hit me up with an answer, because I really don't want to disappoint my kids, but I also don't want to waste all of their Christmas present money on a Halloween decoration.

Either way, you did a WONDERFUL job crafting this and I really hope to see some more of your work in the future.

May luck be with you,
Chester in KY

Zombie Kitten (author)2008-10-09

Man I really wish it was eays to get taxidermy forms over here. I might just buy one off ebay ((Googled Taxidermy Forms)) I saw a girl make a massive pink faux fur monster blanket with a pig form for the head. She added sculpey to change the shape of the brow etc a bit, then covered it in hot pink fur, but it looked amazing. I love this so much! Thanks for the inspiration + how to!

pyrocop1 (author)Zombie Kitten2009-10-18

maybe this company with ship to you

lordpazuzu (author)2009-09-16

im new on here, but missmonster, you do some great work! i will totally use your info for costume making. DIY or DIE!

legokevin360 (author)2009-09-03

sweet my sister loves it

spookysculpter (author)2009-07-12

Hello, I was looking for inspiration for a werewolf I want to make when I saw your awesome werewolf head! I was looking for ideas for a werewolf head and I didn't even realize that sites like this, that allow people to show others how to make cool things, existed. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with others and for giving me inspiriation to make a werewolf head of my own.

elyador (author)2009-07-06

wow. that thing is awesome. I can't wait to try. A Question: About how long did this take to build?

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