Introduction: How to Make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

You can pretty much Steampunk anything. Here's how to make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head.

You will need:
a cutting mat
X-Acto knife
hot-glue gun
Dremel Tool Kit
Premo Sculpey - Baking Clay
Thick card stock paper
Discarded materials around the house. Plastics, wire, metal piping, ect.
Black, yellow, silver, and copper acrylic paint
Paint brushes

Step 1: Make a Rough Sketch

I bought this Mr. Potato Head at Target for less than 10 bucks!

Sketching helped me get started. But ultimately, I let the the materials that were available to me guide me. I first envisioned my Mr. Potato Head to look more like the sketch in the upper right hand corner.

Step 2: Change Mr. Potato Head's Stance

For placement purposes, I drew in some eyes on my potato head. Then, I drew a circle on each side where I wanted my legs to sprout from. I wanted to be mindful of the areas that would be covered up or cut out.

Next, I used a household dremel tool to cut a hole on each side of the body. Then, I attached the two metal pipes to a small plastic beam inside of Mr. Potato Head.

This is a picture of my potato head from the back. The three holes along the middle were part of the original toy design.

Step 3: Be Creative With Discarded Household Materials

Collect as many discarded items from around the house. Use your imagination and start working with what you got. Don't worry about miss matching colors and materials. You will be painting over everything later for a cohesive look.

As you can see, I used a soap dispenser for the gun. I used an empty mini plastic shampoo bottle for the cannon, metal piping for the legs, thick card stock to make the wing-tipped shoes, a contact lens case for the eyes, and old cell phone charger wires for detail.

Step 4: Use Premo Sculpey Oven-bake Clay for Detail Work

For parts of Mr. Potato Head that I couldn't make from card stock or household items, I sculpted out of Premo. Here is a picture of the mustache and several different eye pieces. I placed them on a baking sheet and threw them in the oven.

You can find Sculpey at art supply stores, such as Blick. I bought 1lb of Premo Sculpey, but I only ended up using half of it. After you are done sculpting, set the oven to 275 °F. Place your clay on a baking sheet in the oven. The package suggest baking your clay 30 min per 66mm (1/4").

How I made:

Plastic soap dispenser piece and Premo.

I made rivets out of Premo and glued them on with superglue.

Sculpt mustache with your fingers. Use a toothpick or a sculpting tool to add texture.

Cut a perfect circle with a cookie cutter or a measuring cup. This will be your monocle. Take a smaller cookie cutter or cup, place in the center, and gently push down to create the illusion of a eyeglass frame. Next, make a rectangular piece that is the same thickness as your monocle. Attach it to your the eyeglass piece and cut out the middle. I also added a chain to the monocle.

Step 5: Paint Mr. Potato Head to Look Steampunk

Paint everything black with acrylic paint or spray paint. Detail shot. Everything looks like one solid color. Every nook and cranny is covered. It was easier for me to get full coverage by taking the toy apart and painting in pieces.

Wait for the black coat to dry. Then, mix the yellow, silver, and copper paint to your liking. If you can take your toy apart, I suggest you paint it in pieces. Dry brush your paint onto your toy. Make sure to brush even strokes in one direction. Let the some of the black color show through. Leave the edges and seams black to create more depth.

Last but on least my potato head needs an eye shining through his monocle. I want him to look alive!

So, there you have it! Steampunk Mr. Potato Head. Enjoy!!!

I'm also selling some fun items on Society6: 
Iphone Skin
Iphone Case
Art Prints

For more process photos, click here .
For More Spudnik Photos, click here .

Also, view more of my work at and say hello!


Chris Bilton made it! (author)2016-04-24

fab !!

saritamarianyc made it! (author)saritamarianyc2017-01-26

Thank you!

CRAZEDCLAM made it! (author)2015-10-31

Whoa, COOL!!!

author made it! (author)2015-01-12

This is some serious awesomeness!! Thanks for sharing.

Dusk Shadows made it! (author)2012-06-10

Mr.Potato AWESOME!!!

sredmon made it! (author)2011-12-08

Very unique Idea ^_^

ehhdean made it! (author)2011-11-20

Very cool. I like how you turned it around to make a big mouth.

dmdsanchez made it! (author)2011-09-07

That is so awesome

saritamarianyc made it! (author)2011-08-14

I'm also selling some fun items on Society6:

Iphone Skin
Iphone Case
Art Prints


jaclinart made it! (author)2011-05-27

Wow. This is incredible! I love this! I like the wifey idea someone submitted, too.
Also just thought you might like to see this steampunk art that's available on iphones and ipads.

Vivee made it! (author)2011-05-12

Oh man, I just went through your process photos and I gotta say... I really appreciate your attention to detail. This seems like such a fun project to make. Love your concept sketches, the ingenious use of materials, and the final piece.
Great instructable. Sir Spudnik Von Trap looks fantastic!

Alaap made it! (author)2011-05-03

Great Idea i will try doing it

saritamarianyc made it! (author)2011-01-03

Hey guys and gals! I just posted my 2nd Steampunk Toy tutorial. If you enjoyed the tutorial please, vote for me in the Epilog contest or the Holiday Gift Contest. I would love your support. I could use that Laser cutter to make more art and craft projects for you! Thanks again!

For tutorial, view here:

Majafero made it! (author)Majafero2011-03-02

Well you have my vote. I liked this kind of thing before, but I only just realised that steampunk was steampunk. I love it.
Any chance you'd be selling one or two of these?

Susancnw made it! (author)2011-01-01

That is amazingly done. I would LOVE to have that.....

WarZombie made it! (author)2010-12-04

This is so gloriously awesome, I have no other words. Great job dude.

Lowney made it! (author)2010-11-06

That. Is. Awesome. 'Nuff said.

Kruegem made it! (author)2010-10-12

figgin sweet

William_d_reames made it! (author)2010-10-05

Looks like Dr. Robotnic from Sonic

thecapper made it! (author)2010-09-10

Really sweet! I love the paint job. And the eye turned out to be the perfect finishing touch.

Sithen made it! (author)2010-09-03

Some guy made a Mr. Potatohead into a 'Stompa' from Warhammer 40k. ^-^

w1l50n1404 made it! (author)w1l50n14042010-09-05

it's more like a Killa Kan for me

BytePilot made it! (author)2010-09-03


knexsuperbuilderfreak made it! (author)2010-09-02

haha this thing is AUSOME!!! Also it somewhat remind me of the movie 9.

firefliie made it! (author)firefliie2010-09-02

it totally reminded of nine too!

dasclown made it! (author)2010-09-02

It seems like everyone is converting everthing in to steam punk and frankly I'm getting tired of the whole concept. But this is the coolest steampunk item I have ever seen! Your instructable is also very well written. Thanks alot!

GaryB101 made it! (author)2010-09-02

This is awesome. I think it'd be easier for me to just buy one from you, though. Totally cool!

Nickelplate made it! (author)2010-09-02

I could stare at a soap dispenser all day (note: but I wouldn't) and not think of the fact that it could be used as toy gun bits. Thank you! That is an invaluable idea! But I still say whatever leftover piping you had for the legs is far superior to any household item I have ever seen in my house. Also you made shaping/smoothing things of Premo look deceptively simple. ;) Excellent work - and I'm sure it was a lot of work!

zygomatic made it! (author)2010-09-02

That's pretty rad!

frogmeetcog made it! (author)2010-09-02

You need to make this guy a Mrs. Potatohead wifey... with perhaps more swordy instruments at her disposal, to compliment his firepower? Jawdroppingly awesome, old chap!

Laucas made it! (author)2010-09-02

love your instructions, it turned out great. I'm going to try to make one for a Christmas gift.

old_code made it! (author)2010-09-02

A cultural icon goes Steampunk-awesome! Great detail on the Instructable including photos. Thanks.

BRGregory made it! (author)2010-09-02

I teach kids this stuff, and they are going to love doing this. I will send you results if I remember.

WoundedEgo made it! (author)2010-09-02

Great art!

GWJax made it! (author)2010-09-02

Great work!! I Love it.. Jax

lidzy made it! (author)2010-09-02

What a great job! Someday, maybe...I'd rather just buy yours! Awesome beyond anything I've seen on this site!

mckeephoto made it! (author)2010-09-02

Oh, Want this, Bad!

SinAmos made it! (author)2010-09-02

Dis Dis Do Desome, Di Don't Dnow Dhat Do Do.

zascecs made it! (author)2010-09-01

haha, that's awsome

canida made it! (author)2010-09-01

Wow, he's excellent! Thanks for sharing the entire build.

ladycroft108 made it! (author)2010-08-31

That is totally awesome and just slightly disturbing! It looks like it should be stalking the little sack people from the movie 9 ;) good work!

F-17 made it! (author)F-172010-09-01

yea man, i love that movie

Culturespy made it! (author)2010-09-01

Hey! Way to hit the ground running with an awesome Instructable.

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