Introduction: Plywood Minecraft Figures for Haloween (or Whenever!)

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Modelled after the games mobs they are 1 inch to one pixel in a simple resolution. So the creeper stands 24" tall and the Zombie 32" tall. Perfect for children to enjoy on Halloween or any time really.

Very basic instructions follow. There are details in the video, more in the pictured details. The basics are build Boxes, attach them to make the figures. Hope it's easy enough to follow! I enjoyed the build, hope you do too!

Step 1: Safety and Materials.

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Safety first folks, power tools will be required. Get the help of an experienced adult or be one when using power tools. Always wear safety glasses while doing woodwork. Wear ear protection while using a circular saw.


-1/4" plywood, good one side, 24" x48" sheet (because I drive a Civic). One sheet will complete a creeper, I used 5 sheets for the whole project. Buy 2 - 24" x 48" sheets for the zombie alone.

- 2" x 2" lumber, 48" for one creeper, or one zombie, 72" for the jack o lantern. I bought 20 feet for the whole project.

- 1"x 6" lumber, aka fence board. I used 8 feet long for the whole project, it was the minimum I could buy also.

- 1" wood screws

- sand paper, 100ish grit, or whatever is around, not too much sanding involved.

-paint, I purchased a quart each or red yellow and blue, as well as a pint each of white and black. To mix my own colors as there are so many shades on these projects. I won't get into color mixing, there are plenty of videos online for that.

Step 2: Tools Required

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-circular saw, with blade suitable for cutting thin plywood preferably.

-straight edge, for helping make straight long cuts with the circular saw

-speed square, really makes short cuts easy with the circular saw

-clamps, are indispensable

- driver/drill with same bit for driving the1" screws

-tape measure

-combination square


-short screwdriver, that will drive the 1" screws

Step 3: Variations

None of these instructions are set in stone. EXCEPT THE SAFETY PART

Using 1/4" plywood for example. Hardboard could be used instead and may be cheaper, it can't be in the weather though. 3/4" plywood could be used, just adjust the measurements to suit.

Screws are not the only fastener either. Brad nails would easily work with the thin plywood. Even glue would work to hold the project together.

Use what is available. Many of my materials were scrap from previous projects, it can save a significant amount of money to do this.

Other tools that could work are jig saws, band saws or table saws instead of the circular saw.

Who says I needed a jack o lantern? Haloween. But I could have easily made a Redstone block or lava block, anything. This could be the basis for many future projects.

Step 4: Creeper Parts

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Plywood parts

-head sides 7 3/4" x 8", 4 of.

-Head top/bottom 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 2 of.

-body top/bottom 4" x 8", 2 of

- body front/back 8" x 11 1/2", 2 of

-body sides 3 1/2" x 11 1/2", 2of

-feet sides 6"x 3 3/4", 16 of

2x2 parts

- head backing 7 1/2" long, 4 of

-body backing 3 1/2" long, 2 of

1x 6 parts

Using speed square to cut

Feet top and bottoms 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", 8 of

Step 5: Zombie Parts ( Very Similar to Creeper)

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Plywood parts

-head sides 7 3/4" x 8", 4 of.

-Head top/bottom 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 2 of.

-body top/bottom 4" x 8", 2 of

-body front/back 8" x 11 1/2", 2 of -

-body sides 3 1/2" x 11 1/2", 2 of

-Arms/ legs sides 12" x 3 1/2"' 16 of

2x2 parts

- head backing 7 1/2" long, 4 of

-body backing 3 1/2" long, 2 of

1x 6 parts

Using speed square to cut

Feet top and bottoms 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", 8 of

Step 6: Jack O Lantern Parts

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plywood parts

Sides - 15 3/4" x 16", 4 of

Top/ bottom 15 1/2" x 15 1/2", 2 of

2x2 parts

15 1/2" long 4 of

3 1/2" long 8 of

Step 7: Creeper Build

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the videos is a quick overview, the build is super simple.

The pictures show it in greater detail.

Build the head, don't attach the top to it, it's the last step.

Build the body

Build the feet, leaving off one side each foot.

Attach the feet to the body, ensuring a 2 inch overlap only, also making a 1/2" space between the feet. Use 2 screws in each foot

Put the last sides onto the feet.

Pilot the holes in the centre of the head bottom, and the centre of the head top. Screw the head to the body through these pilot holes.

Put the top on the head.

The video will help, along with the pictures.

Sand the rough edges, and paint!

Fssssst, BOOM!

Step 8: Zombert Build

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Build the head, do not attach the top, it's the last step

Build the body, leaving off the front panel, so it can be attached to the arms and legs

Build the arms, installing backing to the 'armpit' area, before fully closing off arm.

Build legs.

Attach legs to the body through the body that was left open, use 2 screws.

Attach arms, 5/8" lower than top of body, so arms can swing without hitting the head. This is where the short screwdriver comes in handy

Put final panel on body.

Pilot hole in the centre of the bottom of the head and the top of the body. Attach with one screw, from inside head.

Put top panel on head

Sand rough edges


Step 9: Jack O Lantern Build

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the video shows a bit of the jack o lantern.

The pictures show more.

Take the four side pieces and attach them together into a square as shown in the detailed picture, leaving the 15 1/2" 2x2s 1/4" up from the edge to accommodate the bottom and top.

Attach the 3 1/2" blocks on the centre of the edges of each top and bottom piece.

Attach only the bottom to the four sides, leaving the top open for a light or something.

Maybe cut holes out if planning on making it light up.


LeifT1 made it! (author)2015-10-18

This was a big help and inspiration to me for my Halloween decorations this year. You can see the rest of them here:

NamedJohnny (author)2014-10-17

I'm not a fan of Minecraft but this is well made!

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