Step 1: Bending and Cutting.

Lay your twisted garden supports side by side.  Don’t cut them yet.  Decide

  • which creature’s horns you are going to make, 
  • length - you have to be able to get through doorways! and
  • which end of your garden supports will be the part that ‘grows’ out of your head.


For example:

  • Antelope and similar horns grow almost straight up out of the animal’s head, whereas
  • Goat, ram, minotaur, and some types of demon, satyr or faun (e.g. the faun in Pan's Labyrinth) horns usually have a strong curve backwards or sideways, towards the back and shoulders of the creature.                     


Use a marker to mark, on each garden support, the length you want, allowing a bit extra at each end for handling, and because part of the base is probably going to be hidden if it’s embedded in a headpiece or mask.  Don’t cut them yet, as, unless you have some kind of clamping tool, or some kind of fixed pole to carefully bend them around, they are almost impossible to bend once they have been cut. 


  • If you are making an antelope horn, or in other words a horn that grows pretty well straight up into the air, you don’t need to bend the base of your horn much at all.  You can lay your 2 horns side by side, making sure that the curly bits are not parallel with each other.  (Unless you want them that way – I think there might be a type of deer/antelope with curly horns that DO grow parallel to each other).  However:
  • If you are making a certain type of horn (e.g. goat/ram/minotaur/demon/satyr/Pan's Labyrinth faun) that grows out of the front or sides of your head, with an exaggerated curve and then an outward or inward bend at the tip, then each garden support has to be a “mirror image” of the other one – you don’t want a second horn to follow the same lines as the first horn.  Sorry for explaining this in a very confusing way, but you’ll see what I mean when you lay your 2 pieces of cut “horn” side by side, and look at them.  You want the ‘points’ at the tip of BOTH horns to be either facing, or going in opposite directions to each other.  You don’t want them ‘spooning’, or parallel with each other.  This is surprisingly hard to get right.  I couldn’t get my horns symmetrical at all; but I managed to stop them ‘spooning’.  Anyway, I guess real animal horns don’t always look even.

Bend each garden support just above where you used marker pen to mark the base of the horn.  You have to bend them extremely slowly and carefully, because sometimes the garden support gets a kink in it, and it forms an angle instead of a curve.  Bend to the appropriate curve: i.e., almost no bend for an antelope or similar, and an exaggerated bend for a goat or goat-like creature.  Put the 2 garden supports side by side again, and if you’re OK with how they look, then go ahead and cut them with a hacksaw.


thanks for the tutorial! I am having a heck of a time finding garden support tubes. Do they have another name, or is their a brand name or link that you could provide?
The Planet Pandora called, they want their stuff back! It looks awesome
Okay, so I have been everywhere looking for the twisted garden supports. What store did you get your's at. The only twisted ones I found where metal at Lowes, home depot and Ace did not have any. Any suggestions??
Just found on a website that a US chainstore called "Ocean State" has these.
Forgot to add that mhaag made his own bases, and provided a brilliant and easy to follow youtube vid of how it was done - see his posts below.
This is very weird - I can't find any either, on any USA websites! There's a product called &quot;GARDMAN 72 inch Tomato Spiral Plant Support&quot; on amazon - it looks similar to what I used. Sorry I'm not much help! I don't know much about US stores. <br>So, can anyone from the USA help out with some info on where to find some of these twisted/spiral plant supports?
really well done! I think I will be trying a pair for my orc costume
Thanks so much, I was hoping they would be useful to others who can maybe modify/simplify/do a much better job on them! Would love to see yours on Instructables if/when you do make some :)
I think the basic idea is brilliant. I'm going to try using a more complex &quot;base&quot; though. Specifically carved clay over a metal armature which I'll then wrap as described in your design.
Thank you! I so agree about making a purpose-built base from scratch - it would work better, and look better. I'm wondering if weight would be an issue, if clay or clay-like product was used?
Do you mean to use the clay to make the finished horn or to make the custom frame? I was orrginnaly going to use the clay only as a mould to take a cast from much like carving clay busts but eventually abandoned the idea. <br><br>Instead I've made a metal armature which I will wrap in close cell foam and then wrap as you suggest in baking paper, and then the wrap followed by hot glue. I'm basing my horns off of highly ovoid goat horns that wrap forward. <br><br>I'll post a picture of the wire framse soon, apparently this place doesn't support iPad UI so I can't upload it at the moment.
I can't wait for this! It will look way realistic, and the foam will keep it lightweight.
Ok there that's the wire fram for the left horn. I want them to be a little asymmetrical so the right one will be a little longer.<br>
Nice! You know how when you look closely at a real goat/ram horn, part of it is flat? One flat side, running from the base to almost to the tip of the horns? I struggled, and failed, to figure out how to get that into my design. Looks like you have achieved it in yours. Can't wait to see the finished product - will look awesome.
Ok so I did a YouTube video instead of an instruct able but I gave you credit for the base idea. Forgot to put a link in the description but I'll do that in the morning. (new I forgot something) anyway if you want to watch my results here's the link http://me.lt/31EBX enjoy.
Love this. Extremely realistic with the twisting ovoid shape - looks much better than the completely round shape. I was wondering if the wire base would squash - I see how you placed those struts that look like ladder rungs, to prevent that happening. Thanks so much for the credit also! <br>I'm wondering how we ever managed without cooking paper. That stuff is magic. Talk about thousands of uses!
This fascinates me.....i might integrate these into the halloween costume im building for next year... although i think ill cut out the EL wire, for cost and look reasons... I think ill definitely at least try making one to see how it looks. <br><br>Would soft plant tie be available at most places that sell gardening things?<br>
I've seen them in gardening stores. I bought mine at a big chain store, I think. It's really nice, easy stuff to work with. Step 4 has a photo of the product I used. I just googled it now, and the first one that came up was quite expensive - $11 a roll. I'm sure I paid about $2.50 for it. <br>Thanks for commenting! Best of luck with your build for next year, hope you make an 'able of it.
I'm not the author, but that's what I was thinking.&nbsp; Nice addition to a halloween costume.&nbsp; You'd be noticed by traffic if they were bright enough.
thanks! getting in early before the halloween rush :p<br /> the lights don't show up&nbsp;well in daylight, if at all, unfortunately&nbsp;:( but the glitter impregnated in the paint looks amazing when sunlight hits it.&nbsp; And the lights look great at night.
Nice, are they for a costume?<br />
the goatish-looking horns will be for a costume.&nbsp; I&nbsp;thought the antelope-type horns might also be useful for people to make for fursuit costumes etc.

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