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Quick simple halloween horns

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Going to a fancy dress party? Or wanting to be a little devil for Halloween?
Here's a quick and simple method for making some nice little horns.
 
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Step 1: Materials and preparation

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The main material is sponge pipe lagging. It's used to stop water pipes from freezing in winter and is available at many hardware stores and DIY outlets. It's very cheap, I got a 2" diameter piece 3 feet long for £1.15 GBP (less than two dollars US).

If you are having difficulty finding this stuff you could use 'pool noodles' instead - just Google them.

Using a sharp knife, cut a section off as long as you want your horns. I cut a piece about 2 1/2" long (7 cms). Cut this in half, then in half again. Next carefully cut from the centre at one end to the edge at the other, repeat for all the lengths. This will leave you with 4 large triangular sections and 8 smaller ones. Enough to make 6 sets of horns!

Step 2: Carving and sculpting

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Take one of the matched pairs.
It is possible to do the next step using a sharp knife and sandpaper, but if you have a rotary tool (like a Dremel) it takes seconds.

Put a rough sanding drum in the rotary tool and sand away the top surface all around to reveal the 'grain' of the sponge. This will give a surface texture very similar to antler horn or old bone.
Try and keep the two horns the same general size and shape.

Once you pull off all the little bits of scrap material you should be left with a pair of nice cone shaped bits of sponge.
corsairgryl3 years ago
brilliant yet devilishly simple! I can't tell you how many of your I-tbles I've used in costume making, thank you for sharing
marshon (author)  corsairgryl3 years ago
You're most welcome.
nubabuba3 years ago
how long does the glue or watever last... like, how long will it stick and is it for one time use or multiple uses?
marshon (author)  nubabuba3 years ago
All the theatrical glues are designed to hold until removed. If correctly applied they will easily last all day long. For areas that flex or sweat a lot it's advised to use spirit gum or Pros-aide, but latex works very well on non-flexing areas.

All these prosthetics are designed for multiple use.
haha ima wear these to school on halloween. :) but they look awesome... good work
megapix3 years ago
Nice job. Glad to see you mentioned the proper adhesives! Years ago I made some horns for Halloween and attached them using rubber cement. When the horns came off, so did my skin! I had two strange scabs on my forehead for a couple of weeks.
Chowmix123 years ago
Looks awesome... They kinda look like over sized candy corn! I love it!
Dr. Who3 years ago
why would you put this up now and not near halloween?
marshon (author)  Dr. Who3 years ago
Because my friend, I use them all the time and I had to make up 17 sets for a customer delivering an SFX make up course.
l8nite3 years ago
GNARLEY ! ! I actually liked the way they looked b4 painting. Im saving this one for next years haunted house