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.
Step 1: Materials and preparation
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
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.