... But wait! How will people know that you're Perseus, I ask, and not just a random Greek soldier? That's it! Medusa's severed head! And it could double as candy carrier for trick-or-treating! Now where are you going to buy that?
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Cheap plastic halloween mask
Wig of black hair (if not attached to your mask)
Snake stuffed animals (can be purchased at the dollar store)
Plastic pumpkin candy bucket
Ping pong ball
Hot glue gun
Drill and drill bit
Step 2: Modify Your Mask
Carefully remove the wig portion of the mask if it has one. Try to keep the wig in one piece so you can re-attach later.
Step 3: Attach Mask to the Candy Bucket
My mask extended up above the top of my candy bucket. To give the illusion of a human head, I needed to build an extension off the top of the mask so that the top of my head looked uniform. This also provides a surface to which the wig can be attached. My extension was made by taping on some foam strips I had laying around. This could easily be done with cardboard as well.
I then applied tape to all the seams, and covered up any holes that remained (specifically those that were created when I removed the horns).
I also attached a foam neck to the bottom of the candy bucket. This serves as a stand, and also makes it look more like a severed head. Again, rolled cardboard would probably work just as good for this.
Step 4: Cut Access Hole for Halloween Goodies
Use wire cutters to cut an access hole in back.
Step 5: Apply the Plaster Strips
Cut the strips into 6"-12" lengths. They can then be dipped in water and applied. Be sure to leave the eye-sockets open.
Step 6: Painting
Any paint will do. We used both Tempura and Acrylics.
Step 7: Adding the Eye Balls
Once the ball is cut, hold up one half to the eye-socket opening. This will give you an idea as to how large of a hole you will need to put in the plastic pumpkin for mounting the ball. I started by drawing a rough circle on the pumpkin from the outside. Then a 1/2"hole was drilled in the center of eye-socket. This allowed room for wire cutters to be used to snip out the larger hole. It took a few iterations- cutting and then holding the ball up to the hole from the inside - before I got them where I wanted them.
The balls could then be hot-glued to the plastic pumpkin. Black pupils can be added with a Sharpie.
Step 8: Adding the Snakes
Our local dollar store had a selection of stuffed animal snakes. These didn't look very realistic, but would to the job. Large rubber snakes would probably work better here, but I didn't have much luck finding these.
The snakes were about 24" long. I cut them to about 8-10" to match the length of the hair on the wig, and then sewed them closed. The snakes were then secured by sewing them to the wig (the wig came with a fabric mesh backer that could be sewn into).
The wig was then hot-glued back onto her head. I had to cut the wig in back so as to not cover up the access hole.