Introduction: How to Make Your Own Deadmau5 Mau5head!

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Love Deadmau5? Enjoy house music? Want to go to raves in style? Deadmau5's iconic Mau5head would surely turn some heads. I decided to go with the original red Mau5head, but you can choose any color your heart desires.

Step 1: Materials

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Things you'll need:
- 13" hamster ball
- A yard of red felt
- Hardhat
- White silk (make sure you can see through it)
- 6 sheets of stick on red felt
- 2 12" 3mm BIRCH BALTIC wood plates (NOT BALSA)
- Hard styrofoam ball
- Steel mesh
- Dremel rotary tool with cutting wheel
- Safety glasses
- Hot Glue Gun with sticks
- Spray on Tacky glue
- Regular Tacky glue
- Duct Tape
- Masking Tape
- Sandpaper
- Cutting Board
- Hobby knife
- fabric scissors
- Philips screwdriver
- Paper
- Dark colored sharpie
- Compass

Step 2: Mapping Everything Out

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Take out one of the panels of the ball so it won't roll away from you (don't throw away the panel, you'll need it later). Take two sheets of paper and sketch out a the shape of the mouth. take your styrofoam ball and slice it in half. Take your two plates of birch baltic wood and slide them in two the holes of the ball. tape everything with masking tape and predict how everything will turn out. The top of mouth should be at the equator of the ball and it should be spread side to side.

Step 3: Eyes and Ears Part 1

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Take your compass and make 12" circles on your birch baltic wood. Take your Dremel and cut out them out. Sand the edges to avoid splinters. These will be your ears. Now take your stick on felt and start applying it on the ears. Take your hobby knife and cut off the excess felt. An ear uses up 3 sheets of felt. Make sure you cut on a cutting board so you don't ruin any surfaces. Now take a piece of sandpaper and start concaving the insides of eyes until it sits flush on the surface of the ball. Do this process outside because it gets really messy.

Step 4: Cutting the Ball

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Use your screw driver to disassemble the ball. Trace the paper mouth on to the plastic. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it should give you the general idea. Now use masking tape to trace the drawn line. The masking tape will ensure you a straight line. Put on you safety glasses and use the Dremel to make the hole for your head bigger (make sure you don't cut too much or you'll cut into the part that holds the bottom of the mouth). Once your head will fit through the hole, begin cutting out the mouth. Take your top half and widen the slots where you ears will go (the felt will make the birch baltic wood ears thicker). smooth out any rough spurs with sand paper. Once the mouth is cleanly cut, reinforce the other panel and mouth area with duct tape. When satisfied, reassemble the ball. Take the eyes and ears and check if everything fits perfect before moving on.

Step 5: Wrapping the Head in Felt

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Lightly sand your head so the glue can stick to the surface. Use your fabric scissors to cut large strips of felt that would cover large portions of the head without crinkling. Spray on some Tacky glue an stretch the fabric nice and tight. Cut the excess felt leaving an inch of extra felt. Make cuts in the excess felt. start folding and gluing the felt inside your head. Make slits on the sides for the ears to fit.

Step 6: Mouth Piece

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Cut out a piece of silk and steel mesh. Make sure both are big enough to cover the inside of the mouth. Hot glue the silk to the steel mesh. Adjust the mesh until it fits perfectly. When the mesh properly fitted, hot glue it into place. Trim the excess silk inside the head.

Step 7: Eyes and Ears Part 2

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Place the ears inside the slots. From the Inside, hot glue the ears into place. Reinforce the ears with duct tape. Glue the eyes with regular Tacky glue into place. Apply a generous amount of glue.

Step 8: Hardhat

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Trim your hardhat as much as possible. try not to trim off the mounts that hold the head brace or else you're going to need a new hard hat. Once you have trim your hardhat, take the panel from the ball that you have not used. Trim the panel until you can trace the finger slots. trace the Shape of the finger slots with a sharpie and cut it out with your dremel. make sure the finger slots are in the top of the hardhat( there's a "dot" from the plastic molding right in the center of the hardhat and the panel, match those up, and you'll have it perfectly on top). Fit the hardhat in the head and apply lots of hot glue. To be safe, I put duct tape over it for a stronger bond.

Step 9: Finished!

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Now you're ready for raves and what not. Have fun and be safe!

You can choose to put in LEDs to light up the eyes. Simply drill small holes into the head where the eyes should be BEFORE gluing on the eyes. Run the wires between the hardhat and either mount the battery pack inside the head or have long wires and run it down your shirt. I personally like running down your shirt so you can turn the LEDs on and off from your pocket.


Saludado made it! (author)2017-10-31

I made it for my 6 YO daughter but added lights that are controlled by remote control. Thank you so much for posting your instructions!

ynotbegood2all made it! (author)2016-11-05

Instead of the hamsterball I used paper mache. Used corugated plastic for the ears. Installed LED's under the foam ball halves for eyes, used electrolumenecent wire to go around the ears and mouth.

Tyler gagne/ (author)2016-03-15

i made mine although it did not go so fell apart.

zkern made it! (author)2015-09-25

Thank you for this guide! It looks awesome!

bogdan.tonitoi.9 (author)2014-10-28

what is the time to do this ?

mbprothero (author)2014-08-05

I made this and it turned out so dope

SlaptoFace (author)2013-08-21

I love deadmau5!

hfreeborn (author)2011-10-14 here are the dimensions of everything!

Daxuto (author)hfreeborn2012-10-23

That site is moving/moved, would you know where I could find it now?

REA (author)Daxuto2013-08-06

Right here's the official dimensions:

Daxuto (author)REA2013-08-15

Awesome thanks!

lego12guy (author)2013-08-09

Can u tell us Actuelly HOW to make it..

ipadisinthehouse (author)2013-01-01

If I made one would I be able to see through the eyes?

Nope ur gonna have to use a 13" or 14" structure and see theough the mouth because the eyes are too far apart

johnodell (author)2013-06-22

It would be sturdier if you use an acrylic globe or a push n play jolly ball instead of the hamster ball. Well, i guess it depends on what ur planning on doing with it tho

lord_volldemort (author)2013-05-03

This is awesome!

lvintar (author)2013-02-26

how much does all this cost?

lvintar (author)2013-02-26

no you could not there made of styrofoam you couldn't see through them you see through the silk and steel mesh

carlos7828 (author)2012-10-18

i know this post is from three years ago but i was interested in knowing if you can built me a red deadmau5 exactly like the one above and of course i will pay you maybe the price of all the material which to my estimate is about 50-60 dollars or we can come to an agreement interested?? oh but you have to respond as soon as possible because i need it by halloween.

Cherrysquid (author)carlos78282012-10-18

50-60 would not be enough. I barely went under 70 and I got my hamster ball 40% off, didnt buy any stick on felt, and found a deal on the wood plates. The effort involved is also a big deal. All the tools and such. If it was me making one to sell I'd probably ask for around 125$.

laxgrl168 (author)2012-10-16

Is it 100% necessary to include the hard hat?
Would it still be wearable without a hard hat or helmet inside?

Cherrysquid (author)2012-10-15

Well, I made one over the weekend and I couldn't be more satisfied. I got all my parts for about 60$. The felting was by far the most difficult part. I just wrapped it around the front like you're covering the whole sphere, then cut it in the middle of the mouth and fold over the lips. The back I would then cut with an exacto knife right before unavoidable folds started folding. I then glued on felt on the back side and exacto knifed it right along the ridge. The lines are hardly noticeable. Careful if you're tall, I'm 6'3" and with the head on including the ears I clear 7' easy. Picture below. I might add my process pictures if asked for.

dragster2006 (author)2012-10-08

Does anybody have any good tricks for covering the head with the material? I cant figure out how to get it my felt all the way around without crinkling and it is all even... Are there any particular shapes that I could cut out to make it smooth?

jtrujillo3 (author)2012-10-02

How big is it the hole thing

marty205 (author)2012-10-01

Could you tell about how big should the mouth be????

aalfano1 (author)2011-07-17

Does anyone know about how much money it will cost to get all the suplies

SWAGGY246 (author)aalfano12012-09-26

about $270

cropper3 (author)aalfano12011-09-09

at least $75 if not more - if you use specialty fabrics that could cost as much as $15 per yard. I do not use the felt circles or the stick on fabric, I spend more for that step of making the mau5 head.

jdwebster1000 (author)aalfano12011-07-19

about 50 or 60 bucks

bdoggy45 (author)2012-09-11

What was thefinal cost of material plus dremle cuz I want to make it but SUPER LOW! on funds
Also if I do make it I'll use white acrylic balls for eyes and put in LEDS :)

onotix (author)2010-10-11

does any one know where you can get acrylic balls or half spheres?

Intrica (author)onotix2010-10-28

Superior Lighting is a great source for both the large 14" globes and the 6" acrylic globes. I have also purchased the acrylic globes from Home Depot, but really love the Home Depot polycarbonate globes - they are very thin, strong, exceptionally shiny, and consistent in thickness throughout the globe (some polycarbonate globes from other suppliers are very thick on one end and extremely thin on other area)

ReDFoxx_14 (author)Intrica2012-08-15

the only problem with that site is that if your on a budget, you cant afford much

Ardian Djombalic (author)Intrica2010-10-29

Did you use a hampster ball as means for the head or did you use the acrylic globe?

Rob305 (author)Intrica2010-10-29

And if you don't mind... what did you cover the metal mesh with?

Intrica (author)Rob3052010-10-29

Rob, I covered the metal mesh on this one with girl's lycra tights from Target. $3.99/pr and it's enough to cover 4 mesh panels.

You can also use sheer chiffon fabric and it works very well.

Rob305 (author)Intrica2010-10-29

Ty =D

Rob305 (author)Intrica2010-10-29

Hey Intrica... Nice Deadmau5 head.. Would you be able to post a picture of a 6'' acrylic globe and a picture of the polycarbonate globe because everywhere I ask they say they don't have, and that includes Home Depot.

Intrica (author)Rob3052010-10-29

Rob, here is the link to the acrylic globes at Home Depot

I don't know why the polycarbonate version is not listed online, but they carry more of that one at my local store than they do of the acrylic. Next time I stop by there I will take a pic of the box and maybe that will have info on it that will help them locate the item for you.

I see your name is Rob305 - if you are in the Miami area as your name suggests, the Home Depot I get the polycarbonate globes at is the one on Stirling Rd.

Hope this helps!

Rob305 (author)Intrica2010-10-29

LoL well i did live in Miami, but currently I am in Canada. =( and ty for the help.

stevenvaq (author)onotix2010-10-28

surrealdreams (author)onotix2010-10-18

I dunno about acrylic, but styrofoam is available at craft stores like Michaels. They might also have acrylic or similar. Give them a shot.

samtherebel (author)onotix2010-10-16

petco, hamster balls called clear run about ball, mega

ReDFoxx_14 (author)2012-08-15

instead of having all these seams on the helmet you can take the ball apart by unscrewing the screws at the half of the ball and tuck it in the seams then screw it back on.

mau5fan123 (author)2012-03-10

Are you sure a 13" is big enough? Because for me it's kinda small...

willconners (author)mau5fan1232012-04-23


JellyyFishh (author)mau5fan1232012-03-29

real dimensions are 14"

Nxtfari (author)2012-03-25

Maybe I'm missing something huge, but why is it necessary to add the hamster ball finger slots into the hardhat?

JellyyFishh (author)Nxtfari2012-03-29

Helps it glue to the top of the mau5head. The normal top of hard hat is badly shaped

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