Shrunken Head // Car Charm





Introduction: Shrunken Head // Car Charm

I think one of the most memorable parts of the Harry Potter series was the Knight Bus scene. Now I know a huge fan who love the franchise more than I do. After he lost a bet on how much Chipolte he could eat, I felt a little pity for him. As a 'you tried your best but didn't eat three burrito's' prize I decided to make him Dre Head, the talking shrunken head to hand in his car.

If you have perused my other instructables you will notice I made Dre Head before. I actually intended to gift it to the same person as a car charm but it was much too big, so now Dre hangs from the ceiling in our dining room.

This build took about 2 hours and didn't cost me a thing because I already had all the materials.

Step 1: Materials

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper clay
  • Sculpey premo
  • Yarn (or rope)
  • String (to hang head)
  • Paint (black and brown, acrylic)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Hot glue

Step 2: Basic Shape

I started by rolling a ball of aluminum foil. I decided to have a base of foil to save clay, and make the ornament lighter. I coated the entire ball in clay. Then I made the basic structure of a brow bone.

Step 3: Facial Features

After letting the clay dry, I decided to go in with Premo Sculpey because it was less fiber-y. My Sculpey was really hard and crumbly (is this normal?) so I folded some Vaseline into the clay and worked it until it was soft.

I built up some more features withe the Sculpey. I rolled out two balls for the eyes, and shaped them with a pencil eraser.

I rolled a bigger ball of clay for the nose and poked two holes in the nose with the pencil's tip.

I rolled out a tube of clay for the mouth and shaped it with the eraser.

Step 4: Dreadlocks

I could not find any yarn in the house. It was terrible. So I went to plan B. I found some rope with soft fibers, and cut out hair length strips.

I brushed the hair with a car brush so it was really frizzy.

If you would like to see how to make dreads out of yarn

Step 5: Dying the Dreads

I made a mixture of 1 part black paint, 1 part brown paint (acrylic), 1 part Elmer's glue, to 1 part water. I coated the rope strands in the mixture and rolled it into a dread with my hands.

Step 6: Bad Lobotomy

I drilled a hole through the head with a drill, then threaded a string through the hole.

Step 7: Painting

I painted the head an olive color, then went over the highlights in a lighter green. I brushed a small amount of red paint on the lips as well.

I cut the knots off the ends of the dreads.

Step 8: Hair Implants

I used hot glue to glue all the dreads in place. I wrapped a rubber band around the bottom of his weave to help shape the dreads. After a day I took the rubber band off

Step 9: Done

And we're all done.

What a nice severed head to hang in your car.



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    Nice work. But I need to know who keeps 'nice severed head' in their car.


    Ernie from the Knight bus.

    My friend.

    Me when I get my own car.

    Jeffrey Dahmer


    *relizes I just compared my self to a notorious serial killer*

    Fun fact you can also wear a shrunken head as a necklace. When people (Jivaroan tribe) actually made real shrunken heads (out of flesh), they would wear them to fancy dinners and stuff. Icky...but kind of cool

    This is fantastic!! Looks just like him :D

    I guess my only question is WHY?

    Because there are unlimited ways to spend your time, and you should do it in a way that makes you happy. I enjoyed making this for my friend. He loves it in his car. Win Win. I regret nothing.