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This is a Halloween prop I originally made several years back, however, the original site with the instruction seems to have disappeared. The base for this prop is a shiatsu kneading massager which has two nubs/arms allowing motion for both an arm and head. The project itself is pretty simple, but most of the time will be spent tweaking the motion.

I'll go over the basics for building the guts of the prop and leave it up to you to decide how you want to finish it off.


  • Drill w/ 7/64 bit
  • Phillip screwdriver


  • Shiatsu kneading massager
    • You want to try to find one that the nub/arms are NOT at a sharp angle. Originally, I used the Homedics Shogun.

  • Hanger/plumber tape (plastic)
    • 2 x 2'-3' pieces
  • 6 x 1 ¼" screws
    • Additional 6 screws or PVC glue to secure everything.
  • ¾” PVC Pipe
    • 2 x 6"
    • 2 x 12"
    • 1 x 8"
    • 2 x 45° connectors
    • 1 x 90° connector
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Step 1: Prepare the massager

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First we'll get rid of all the crap on the massager that we don't need:
  • Cut away the cloth covering the nubs on the massager.
  • Remove the the plastic nubs on the massager. If the plastic can not be removed from pole, you may need to replace them with some bolts. In the end, we want a short piece of metal stick out.

Step 2: Prepare the PVC

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Now we need to assemble the PVC which will make up the neck and arm. Assemble the PVC pieces and connectors in the following order:

  • Arm: 6” PVC + 90° + 12” PVC + 45° + 12” PVC
  • Neck: 6” PVC + 45° + 8” PVC

Step 3: Pilot holes

Now we'll drill some pilot holes for our screws.

  • On the shiatsu, drill 2 screw holes into each handle near the ends. Make sure the screws do NOT go into the electronics or interior parts of the massager!
  • On the arm and neck, drill a pilot hole just below the connector on each of the 6” PVC pieces.

10isaac4 months ago

if u make the head pop out when trick or treaters walk by it I bet it will scare the crap out of them

chipper359 months ago
So creative!!
bricobart9 months ago

You must have tripped far away deep down the milky way to get the idea of transforming a wellness device in a zombie! Pure awesomeness!

So awesome! Nice job :)