Introduction: Making a Stunt Dummy Head Out of Cardboard, Duct Tape, and Newspaper (Part One)

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(Sorry for the long title!)

This is a follow up on my cardboard, duct tape, and newspaper stunt dummy instructable. The dummy will work fine, but as you can tell, it's missing a head!

Here is how to make "realistic" head for free.
(Unless you need to go buy duct tape. In that case, go get it, I'll wait.)

Step 1: Get the Design

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First, make a design for the shape. It will be different depending on who the dummy is for. This dummy is my stunt dummy, so the head is my shape. I made the design by taking a picture of the front and side of my head, tracing the outline on my computer, and printing it out. The grey is one layer, and the white is another. I chose to leave the white out for the side view.

If you don't feel like making one, print this one out. My head is pretty average. Measure your head with a ruler, put this picture is Publisher or something, and make the head the size of your head.

Next, cut out the design and trace it on a piece of cardboard. The cardboard shouldn't be too thick.

Step 2: Making It "3D"

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Next is to actually make it 3D.

First, cut a line into the cardboard half way from the bottom on one part, and half way from the top on the other. Then slide them together. (Look at the pictures)

Step 3: Adding the Next Layer.

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Next is to add the layer that you will build the face on. This is very important.

Cut out a shape that is a little smaller than the shape of the front, and without a neck. Then do the same thing to make it 3D, but cut the line on the forehead instead of at the neck. (Pictures help)

Step 4: Filling It With Paper

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This is the tricky part. Crumple up newspaper and duct tape the balls onto the cardboard. Remember what a real head looks like when doing this. I started with the middle section. This really held the cardboard together and made it solid.

Step 5: Do the Rest.

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Do the same thing for the rest. Save the face for last.

I used one big ball for each side of the back of the head, and then little ones to fill the gaps. This part is really up to you, and it depends how big the paper is too. I used the New York Times, and those are big pages.

Covering up the newspaper with duct tape makes it look better. It also wastes duct tape. To what you think is right.

Step 6: The Face

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This is the hardest part. The most recognizable part of the human head is the face. And if you mess that up, it will look really weird.

I started with the nose, and then the cheeks, and then the chin. You can do what you want. Try using different sizes of news paper.

Step 7: Admire Your Work!

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If you've made it this far, great job! Check to make sure that it's close to the same size as your head.

As you can see with the pictures, mine was pretty close.

Next time, painting it, and attaching it to the stunt dummy's body!


ckwong519 (author)2013-04-04

Awesome idea! Thank you !!!

tinker234 (author)2012-03-07

wow nice idea i think if i used thn cardboard and oogo in a human like form i could beat it up

Robot Lover (author)2010-08-01

You kinda look like andy samburg!

mg0930mg (author)Robot Lover2010-08-02

Looks more like that kid from Hard times of RJ Berger

arpoky (author)2010-07-23

I REALLY don't want to know the possible uses for this thing...

rabiddemonweasel (author)2010-05-03

Very Cool!!!!!!

randomguy96 (author)2008-10-19

i colored mine up to give him a bloody nose, black eye, brush burn, x'ed out eyes and a stuck out tongue. plus his nose got pretty flat from too many roundhouse kicks to the face. i was thinking of adding a busted open skull with brains hanging out. i'll post pictures tomorrow morning around lunch(eastern US time.)

randomguy96 (author)randomguy962009-04-12

OMG I totally forgot! well, it's all mashed to a pulp now, because my brother kept stabbing it with a pair of scissors.

what happened to the pictures

andrewreases (author)2009-04-08

I know how to make it look like skin. crayola model magic clay has some traits of skin that make it perfect for this. mix entire tubs of blue, yellow and red to make enough brown.use 3 tubs of white to make the brown light.

Foaly7 (author)2009-03-22

You could spray paint this and your actual dummy body chroma key green to actually put peoples' faces and looks on this.

Lance Mt. (author)2009-03-22

HOLY CRAP! I JSUT SAW THIS! Did the same thing 3-4 years ago but with a glass head.. Get the head and wrap lunch cling-wrap around it. Add a couple of layers onto that. Cut off. Tape back up. Fill with newspaper. Gets a more face like feeling but i liek this too! -Amazed, Chris

verdantbeauty (author)2009-03-09

hey! that's pretty clever

kobezbro (author)2008-08-22

i should make a tutorial for the hands for the dummy

JerBear (author)kobezbro2008-09-13

you could probably get away with using gloves, and then cutting up finger sized pieces of flexible foam and putting them in the gloves.

kobezbro (author)2008-08-28

lol i made this but i forgot to trace and cut out a neck so its just a head but i dont plan on making the dummy i just wanted something to hold the my sunglasses with

theRIAA (author)2007-07-26

duct tape is kinda expensive... i would use masking, or packaging tape

Super Cameraman (author)theRIAA2007-07-26

I got a roll of duct tape from the dollar store for... a dollar, and I didn't use close to the whole thing when I made this.

kobezbro (author)Super Cameraman2008-08-22

yeah i love the dollar store

jeffconnelly (author)kobezbro2008-08-26

me 2

distorted mind (author)2008-07-15

nice job, what about a styrafoam head and dress it up from there.....

mhavrilla88 (author)2008-07-02

This is pretty cool and i made 1 and its pretty durable.

armorwaxer (author)2007-08-23

think this thing could withstand a sord blow i no i spell bad

armorwaxer (author)armorwaxer2007-09-21

dude you are soo kool i mean where did you come up with that nAME!!!ARMORWAXER ITS THE KOOLEST

armorwaxer (author)armorwaxer2007-09-21

why thank you

Joanassie (author)armorwaxer2008-03-29

spell checker?

VogelYogel (author)2008-02-11

To make it look more realistic just stretch a few latex gloves over the head, cut the fingers off and apply foundation. You can also draw a face on, that way.

underroutine (author)2007-10-07

I have an idea for the skin, its around Halloween time right now. Go to you local costume store and pick up some liquid latex(fake skin) but before you apply it paint the head skin tone.

blindman (author)2007-09-02

why dont you just trash it with your face. its easier & you just need a roll of paper tape.

dillon6667 (author)2007-08-15

you could use paper mache to make part two and then paint it

annafavela (author)2007-08-11


penfacerat (author)2007-07-30

when are you gonna post parttwo?

As soon as I figure out how to make it look like skin. Any ideas?

ghicken (author)2007-07-26

Great idea, I hot glued cardboard triangles on the corners for support too.

Super Cameraman (author)ghicken2007-07-26

You won't need supports, trust me. And don't forget the cardboard for the face!

HamO (author)2007-07-26

Well done, looks just like you.

MattDurr (author)2007-07-26

Hey, awesome now i can finish my stunt dummy creation by adding a head to it! But how to attach it??

HamO (author)MattDurr2007-07-26

Duh... Duct Tape!

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