Picture of Jack In The Box head
A Jack In The box head that I made for Halloween this year. Took a long time to make....but was worth it in the end!!! This costume was not very expensive, around $30.

Have fun!

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Step 1: The Items You Will Need...

Picture of The Items You Will Need...
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metal bowl: to put the paper mache mix in

something to hold the ball up while paper mache is drying (a stand).

big ball--you want to find one that is plastic and that is a little bigger than your head... also, for a kid, you might want to deflate the ball a little, so find a ball that you can deflate.

flour and water--paper mache mix.

acrylic paints--blue, yellow, and black.

white spray paint--to paint the head white.

flat circular foam shape--bottom of the little hat on his head.

foam cone--for the top of his little hat.

plastic baseball batter's helmet--for inside the head.

foam sealant for houses (not today!)--to keep the plastic helmet in place.

glue gun--to glue stuff

extra glue sticks--well, let's just say that one glue stick isn't enough.

LOTS of newspaper--paper mache stips

Detatchable needle--like the ones they use on balls (look @ pic #3)

Drill & very small drill bit--to drill two small holes later on

Some salt--for part of the paper mache mix

dremel and circular blade attachment--to cut the mouth out

Cheesecloth--for the mouth

Red food dye--to color the cheesecloth red (duh)

Step 2: What you'll be doing

what you'll be doing and in what order you'll be doing it

1.Get all the supplies
2.Paper mache (very messy)
3.Sizing the head
4.Checking (and if you have to) correcting some of the sizes
5.Gluing your batter's helmet into the mold
6.Spraying the head white (of course, with spray paint)
7.Cuting the mouth
8.Some more painting
9.Making your I-Can-See-but-You-Can't mouth
10.Final painting and details
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timkaiser453 years ago
Me and my wife as Mr & Mrs Jack...
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can i buy the male one. please message with info and ur price. 30 or below and exact replica shown in picture
wow!! how did u make urs? it looks really good!
Similar to the instructable, but used a beach ball and so-flo fabric starch for the paper mache (dries much harder, and with less layers) The important thing to remember, that I think alot of other Jack Heads had forgotten, is scale. The hat has to be in proportion to the rest of the Head. I did not use a foam cone for the hat and nose, rather I fashioned one out of newspaper and paper mache'd it. This way you can get proper scale.
These are the 2nd & 3rd Jack Heads I have Made, Mrs. Jack was fun, got lots of comments about her, just added a flower and eye lashes (all made out of paper mache) and gave her a pink hat...
Your heads look great. I made one about 15 years ago. Lasted a couple of years. Then turned it in to a Pumpkin for a yard decoration. What I wanted to know is how many layers did you use using the So-Flo Fabric Starch (so love that stuff)? Did you put anything in it to make it stay in place while on your head? As far as the eyes go, did you use something for them so you could see? My daughter is wanting to make one for this Halloween and the techniques are better now then they were 15 years ago,, lol...any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
I used 3 layers of paper, specifically brown grocery bags. If your using newspaper, it will probably take 5 or more. To make it stay in place on my head, I actually used styrofoam that I just made a simple 5 sided box out of and hot glued it into the head (sculpted the front and back a little to be as comfortable as possible). The eyes were just painted on, it's the mouth that is cut out. I found the field of vision through the mouth much better than through the eyes, and the head sits more accurately; not so far down on the shoulders. I found this plastic mesh from the craft store (I think it's used for yarn needle work, found over by the yarn and sewing section) It comes in alot of different colors, and you can see through it with no problem. I hope this helps a little, good luck...
@tkaiser1 - did u use just the Sta-Flo as the mix or did you throw in flour (as the bottle of Sta-Flo suggests)? I've been working on this a couple of days now (2.5 layers in) but I still feel that the layers are a bit flexible. Any feedback truly appreciated!
I used the Sta-flo straight from the bottle, didn't know they had instructions on the bottle, guess I had never noticed... I would assume adding the flour would make it more pastie since flour is a thickening agent. You really have to go by feel on these things, the stronger the better...
Nice job with your heads. What did you use to shape the cone for the hat? I would like mine to be as accurate as yours
they look really good! i dont think i could make something that
vcampos125 years ago
i did this in less than a week and it cost me less than 5 dollars. thanks very much. it was a tad bit different though but you were still great help
hey id love to buy that. for like 20 bucks. please send me a email to name ur price and tell me when or if you can do this
how did u do it my good man?
Sk13273 years ago
I made this in 3 days... I used a cheesehead i have from being a packers fan to keep it secure on my head! i followed these instructions to make it pretty closely! Did some stuff different though! Me and my friends were the Fast Food Mafia.
9herfan Sk13273 years ago
Took my son "Jack" to Jack in the Box and they let me take pictures behind the counter.
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ilurie4 years ago
does anyone have a made one i can buy from them? i live in los angeles...

also, what kind of ball are you using that you can puncture it and it still holds up and are u cutting a hole out of the bottom for it? hows it working exactly?
Lady Hanako4 years ago
Hey! Great costume idea!
My boyfriend made one sorta following your instructions. He made the head from paper mache using Sta Flo liquid starch from Wal Mart (It works perfectly as paper mache mix). He used a smaller ball, a yellow construction paper hat, and used cheese cloth for the eyes instead of the mouth. He also used a sharpie red marker to freehand the mouth and a sharpie blue marker to color the cheese cloth. We got some great feedback on it. :)
making one right now, did it in three nights so it wont be as amazing as previous ones and yours, but still pretty awsome.
eri9094 years ago
I didnt boil the flour is that a bad thing? lol
applesnacks4 years ago
Made my 7th grade self's day.

I used a balloon to shape mine, which worked pretty well, and made the mouth, hat, and nose out of construction paper.

Of course the nose has since fallen off, and the head now sits ominously in a window sill to scare new comers and salesmen - quite well if I do say so myself.
boxman9784 years ago
how do you see
Mdob4 years ago
All of the employees at Jack In The Box should wear these!
jimidaman4 years ago
I got first place at a costume contest last year with this, and won an ipod nano :)
OH NO, Mr. Bill!
tocsik5 years ago
With a little adaptation this could be turned into The Pint-Sized Slasher mask from Fallout 3.
May i take your order

id like 25 tacos, 5 extra large drinks, and 80 cheeseburgers.
ill have the same but make the cheeseburgers doubles.
 nice the hat should be shorter though
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
well done!
 Could you show a pic of the bottom looking in to the head...... I'm wondering how big the hole you put your head in should be.
Darkshot7 years ago
very cool! i would make this but i dont have the time or the patience! looks wicked cool :) i never would have thought of this!
liketoblowthingsup48 (author)  Darkshot7 years ago
It does take quite a while! Thx for looking!
I've actually thought of making this before, but I think your Instructable has given me the...courage?... to help me do it! Thank you!
sure XD
Wesley6665 years ago
I'm got make this. Then in the middle of the year next year just wear it to school. Or go Halloweening in July...not sure which yet.
danlab5 years ago
Instead of the batter's helmet, you could use an old bike helmet, then you would have the straps to hold it on your head better
nave6 years ago
yeah, i made it , i used a giant balloon from zurchers, and in stead ok making the entire mouth the hole, i just made a simple rectangle, and in stead of using foam for the hat, i got some poster board and made a cone for his hat, and i got another for the rim of his hat. i thought mine was pretty convincing when i was at a zoo for a costume contest and mothers were having me hold their babies for pictures (and im 14) it looks pretty nice, and as soon as i get the pictures, ill put them up (and i won 1st place in the costume contest)
karrman19846 years ago
there is only one person i know that can pull this off lol hey look me up on my space
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