Meet Jack Skellington. He may look familiar, and that's because he's the star of Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas.
I'm going to show you how to make a life-sized Jack made out of PVC and other materials. This took me a couple of months to complete, and even longer to write this tutorial.
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For the Base
For the Head
If you want to use regular Crayola air-dry clay (which I do not recommend) then here are some additional things you need:
For The Body
I recommend getting the PVC pieces at a local hardware store in person, that way you can easily return the pieces if they don't fit. I had to go back and get the right pieces a handful of times.
For The Hands
For The Clothing
There are the list of cuts for the body parts. I used a hacksaw which worked extremely well, use any saw you prefer. I also have a circular saw and a jigsaw, but those are intimidating so the hacksaw was perfect for a little lady like me.
For the 1-1/2 inch PVC, these are for the body:
upper arm: 1 ft 6 inches (2 of these)
forearm: 1 ft 2 inches (2)
upper leg: 1 ft 8 inches (2)
lower leg: 2 ft 5 inches (2)
neck: 3 inches (1)
shoulders: 2 inches (2)
torso: roughly 2 feet (1)
For the 1/2 inch PVC, these are for the fingers:
thumb beginning: 1.25 inches (2)
thumb middle: 1.4 inches (2)
thumb end: 1.9 inches (2)
finger beginning: 1.75 (6)
finger middle: 1.4 inches (6)
finger end: 1.75 inches (6)
Once you have everything cut, it would be wise to label everything just like I have done. It makes everything tons easier.
We all know this song:
The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,
The hip bone's connected to the back bone
The back bone's connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone's connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!
The finger bone's connected to the hand bone,
The hand bone's connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone's connected to the shoulder bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!
If you don't know the song, I'm shocked. It's a favorite of mine, personally! You probably don't need my help constructing your PVC stick man, but in case you do... I drew this awesome diagram for you!
I recommend starting with attaching the flanges to the base and working your way up. You'll need screws of course, but the length of the screws depend on the thickness of your wood.
I stole one of my husband's old white t-shirts. I believe this is either a large or extra-large. I taped up the holes with duct tape. I stuffed him with the innards of an old pillow. Not much to this step, but it needs to be done or else they'll think Jack has a tapeworm.
I started with my 8 inch (in diameter) Styrofoam head. I wanted to use an air-dry clay this time, because I wanted it to be much lighter than my werewolf project. Also, I didn't want to put my Styrofoam in the oven and potentially burn down my house. Safety first, ladies and gentlemen.
Let me also add, that Crayola Air-Dry Clay was the worst clay I've ever worked with and recommend actually using Model Magic for this part too if you can. Heed my warning.
This is definitely the most difficult for me. I'm not that great at sewing personally.This is what took the majority of the time.
I suggest you study the construction of pants, and jackets. You'll need to make 2 long "tubes" out of cloth basically for the arms and legs. Then, construct Jack's crotch area with cloth (I called this his underwear, because without the pant legs this is what it looks like).
The jacket is the most difficult part. I recommend thrifting some black slacks and adjusting it to fit your Jack, the same with the jacket. Once you've got everything just right, take it apart and lay it somewhere to paint the stripes with your white fabric paint. They don't need to be perfect, since in the movie they're far from perfection.
I attached the pant legs and arm legs to the rest of the suit using Velcro, just in case I needed to take him apart for whatever reason.
His bow-tie was made out of cardboard with fabric hot-glued to it. The stripes we added, and next the bat was added. The bat was made out of Sculpey and paint. You can use Crayola Model Magic.
I elected not to give Jack shoes. Sorry that I'm not much help with this step! It's tough!
Well, you are done. You just need to perfect your piece.
For Christmas, I plan on giving him a Santa suit including a beard, just like in the movie. I'll add that step when it's complete. Jack will be ready for both Halloween and Christmas.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy your new Jack :) More Nightmare Before Christmas projects coming soon!
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