Making a Stunt Dummy Out of Cardboard, Duct Tape, and Newspaper





Introduction: Making a Stunt Dummy Out of Cardboard, Duct Tape, and Newspaper

Ever wanted to make a movie where you wanted somebody to fall down a flight of stairs, or off a building, but didn't feel like using a real person? Well here's a tutorial on how to make a decent looking stunt dummy out of free materials.

Step 1: Instructions

Here's how to do it.

Step 2: Use It!

Now just throw it around! Have fun!
Here's a video of it falling down a flight of stairs!

(This is my first instructable, so if I did anything wrong, just tell me!



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    I made one of these today. It looks great, and almost realistic! For a head, I used a gourd, duct tape, and old newspaper (newspaper used for the chin, nose, cheeks, and other features). I plan on using this dummy for a LOT of my upcoming films, including a scene where a guy is hit by a bike and gets thrown into a truck bed.

    Thanks for the Instructable. Now, if only he had hands...

    cardboard cutouts are much harder then that to make if you want them to last, i make them for a living, and if you would rather just order them from any picture you want, or you want those ones with the faces missing to stand behind check these sites out.

    Cardboard Cutouts
    Faceless Cutouts

    Oops... Oh well.

    When I made this, I didn't have all of the required stuff, so I sowed together some trousers, a jumper and a balaclava (I didn't sow that on). Then, after sowing everything up, I stuffed the whole thing with shredded paper, duct taped a face onto the balaclava (and duct taped around it also to make a helmet) and sowed the balaclava on.

    Sow? Do you mean "sew?"

    I tried to make this and it fell apart. I even printed out the instructions.

    An idea for the hands would be to get a pair of disposable latex gloves and fill them up with expanding foam. When it's dry, just cut away the glove and use a file or a rasp to "mould" it to the size you want.

    This sounds like a good idea. I'll make a how to video for this on youtube mabye!

    i got an idea for the hands you can trace your hand and make several cutouts then hot glue them together then tape them to the wrist or if you want the fingers to bend you can cut off the fingers glue them and tape them to the hand