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Parts List

2 – 90 degree PVC elbows
3 – 45 degree PVC elbows
1 – 4-Way PVC Cross
2 – 1 1/4 “ --> 1” PVC Adapters
1 – 8ft. 1 ¼” PVC Pipe
1 – 1” PVC Cap
¼” screws
1 – Metal hook with screw end
~ 25ft. of chicken wire
1 – 1 ½” steel flange
1 – 1 ½” x 4” steel pipe
3 – STC-R brackets (home depot) Store SKU # 464163
1 – RTU2 brackets (home depot) Store SKU # 251352
1 – 2’ x 2’ 3/4" MDF Board
Burlap (Wal-Mart)
1 – Gallon of Black Paint (cheapest you can find. Got mine at Wal-Mart)
1 – Rust-o-Leum Stone style spray paint (optional) (Photo)
3 – Foam brushes
1 – Drywall Mixing tool
1 – Gallon of Dry-Lock Masonry Sealer (Link)

Step 1: Building the Base

Picture of Building the Base
Place your 1 ½” Steel flange in the center of the 2’ x 2’ MDF Board. Mark off the locations of the four holes so we can secure the flange to the board.

gonecountry007 made it!10 months ago

Another great Halloween Idea from Instructables Thanks JIMMYZDC . We put a small light in the lantern.


The link you included is dead:

Also the main site: http://www.zombietronix.com does not seem to exist anymore.

Do you know of a different link :)

miscbs made it!1 year ago

Instead of the steel pipe, I used a PVC fitting that screwed into the flange. Other than that I built it per the instructable. Thanks!

Ur on halloween forum arent u
jimmyzdc (author)  nickolaiisoe1 year ago
yup :)
cool i like ur mind its pretty awesome ;)
Paesan1 year ago
How do you get the chicken wire to stay put?
jimmyzdc (author)  Paesan1 year ago
I attached the sections of chicken wire together by just bending single wires from the mesh around a "circle" section on the other piece of the chicken wire. Chicken wire is kind of a pain to work with. If you need more stabilization you could try to pick up some thin wire and maybe drill a hole through the PVC pipes where you want to attach too and thread through and then tie off to the chicken wire.
zinnia111 year ago
how did you attach the supporting pvc to the vertical pvc and the arm?
jimmyzdc (author)  zinnia111 year ago
I'm not sure what you mean by the supporting PVC but the vertical PVC and the arm are connected by a cross tee.
ojflores2 years ago
would wood work just as good as pvc?
jimmyzdc (author)  ojflores1 year ago
Probably would work fine but the PVC will probably last longer and will be much easier to put to gether since you can just use different tees and connectors.
dylanp19362 years ago
Awesome project! Will this work? http://www.homedepot.com/p/DRYLOK-1-gal-White-Masonry-Waterproofer-27513/100118662#.UfFnVFPOzTM
jimmyzdc (author)  dylanp19361 year ago
Yup that works. Just a different color.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
jimmyzdc (author) 2 years ago
Nope the hood is just a piece of fabric laid over the mesh shape. The fabric isn't attached to the mesh at all. Once the monster mud dries it becomes very rigid. I can actually bear hung it and pick it up to move it around.

I used around 20ft of burlap fabric.
rcroft2 years ago
Did you do any sewing for the hood or cloak? And how did you attach the whole thing so wind didn't affect it, or it would shift? I know you monster mudded the whole thing, was that enough to keep it all together? And how much fabric did you end up using?
jimmyzdc (author) 2 years ago
I built this a while back so I cant remember the exact cost. I want to saw it was between $100-$125. You may be able to save some money if you have some things around the already. Also you will probably have some material left over to make another small monster mud creation.
WOW! Great Ible, I want to do this hopefuly this year but maybe next. How mush in all did it cost?
edelavegas2 years ago
Thank you so much for entering this reaper project! I built it last year after having found it on monsterlist. It was for my school's haunted house (budget constraints) so the frame was built instead from scrap lumber. I ended up getting an oversized skull which is tucked deeply in the hood, and I lit him from the interior. He's was a great hit, and has lived in my classroom all year. Again, a million thanks!!!!
jaxonswan2 years ago
Great project, currently building an eight foot reaper. Roughly about $175 for supplies, not including accessories. Also built a housing inside for a speaker and a fog machine with remote. A breath of fog for anyone who wants to peak under the hood.
applespite2 years ago
Monster mud! I haven't thought about that in years! It brings me back! Excellent instructable!
DeeRilee2 years ago
mikeg_3732 years ago
Very cool by the way!
mikeg_3732 years ago
a couple diodes for eyes would be the easiest and cheapest. Dim, Red.
actimm2 years ago
Another suggestion is to use furniture nuts. They basically look like threaded sleeves with spikes around the sleeve. It has the advantage of being closer to flush and not being as likely to fall out.
1inspirit2 years ago
sassycat2 years ago
This is really neat. I really want to try it.
how much do you think the whole thing cost?
mainah2 years ago
Put two Christmas tree light sockets in the head and put red or green bulbs for a real creepy eye feature.
jec04352 years ago
ya, a cost estimation would be greatly appreciated! I love this one as well.
deltafour2 years ago
This is so BADASS!
THIS IS INCREDIBLE! I love it! I just may have to create this one.
sarawelder2 years ago
great result ! I'll certainly save this!
Great, like it. I am thinking of making two, both at 6feet in height, One of your build and another for me, scare the #&($#(&*$ out of people. How much did the build cost you, want/need a rough estimate. Thinking about making for Halloween parade float.
Szajba2 years ago
Reminds me of Led Zeppelin album cover
Peale2 years ago
I want to turn this into a costume!
wabijishi2 years ago
Looks so creepy and real!!!! Thx for sharing!
Thiz is a genuinely scary prop, and I congratulate on this build....I'm going to give it a try!
l8nite2 years ago
that's awesome !
This is a wonderful creation! Deceptively simple in design, but absolutely stunning as a finished product. Thanks for sharing.