I never even made a single sketch, which is unusual for me, as I normally need some kind of basis. Instead I just studied pictures of Slinky Dog and was on my way. Due to the limitations of schoolwork, I started this project ONE week before Halloween. I did not realize at the time that this was absolutely not enough time for a full-scale paper mache’ project! All nighters were the only way this costume became a possibility and trust me I paid for it the next week!
The Slinky Dog costume requires quite a few materials, but most of them are easy to find at your local Walmart or Michaels and even around your house!
30 stacks of newspapers
15 bottles of elmer's glue
5 rolls of masking tape
2 poster boards
4 pieces of dark brown felt/fabric
1 piece of red felt/fabric
1 exercise ball
1 rounded trash can lid
1 large roll of hollow small tubing
1 large roll of hollow medium tubing
1 roll of thin wire
1 roll of medium wire
1 pair of garden shoes (crocs)
1 pair of slim winter gloves
1 dark brown turtle neck
1 pair of dark brown leggings
1 can of metallic silver and light brown spray paint
1 bottle of black, white, brown, tan, and yellow acrylic paint
1 bottle of mod podge
hot glue gun/glue sticks
paintbrushes (large and small)
needle nose pliers
Don't forget you'll need about 40+ hours of work time, patience, creativity, and a great musical playlist to help get through it all! Read on to learn more :)
Step 1: Creating the Body (Two Halves of Slinky)
To recreate this you also should blow up an exercise ball to its fullest capacity. Take stacks of newspaper and use scissors to cut them into small strips or squares. You can also use other forms of paper if you have no newspaper. Then take the stripes of newspaper and dip them into a glue/water mixture inside your mop bucket. The mixture is 1 part water and 2 parts glue. After dipping the stripes, wipe off any excess glue by pulling the paper in between your index and middle finger. Next place the stripes over the ball and smooth them down until they stick. Continue this until several layers are built up to create a sturdy enough structure for the body. Though, make sure to leave the plug on the ball uncovered so you can easily measure from this as a center to make two halves, and also to deflate the ball without damaging your paper mache.
For me this took several days alone, and after it was dry I measured and cut it in half for each side of Slinky. To do this Just measure from the plug all the way around, do the math and find what half of the ball would be. Draw with a sharpie a line on the half mark all the way around and cut with scissors. Don't forget to unplug the ball and let the air out before cutting with scissors or you will end up with a popped ball! After there were two halves I used poster board to give depth and create the middles of each side.
For this step simply lay one half on each of the poster boards and draw a circle around them. Then cut a circle onto each half; one the width of your head and one the width of your hips. This is for the top half and bottom half of the slinky body, so it will fit around you. Flip the halves over on the poster board and also trace the cuts you just made. Then cut the poser board circles out and use masking tape to attach it to the middles of the two half circles. Hot glue them in place and remove the masking tape. Lastly paper mache over the poster board several layers so that this is also sturdy! Use a glossy tan spray paint after everything is dry to match the Slinky character and your ready for the next step!