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Hey all, since Halloween is just around the corner I thought I'd share the steps I took to make my "Animal Head Mask". I have added a wee list of all the items I used to achieve this - feel free to use your creativity to adapt them to create the perfect mask for you.

*Edit - Thanks for all the comments so far! When I started making this mask for our drummer's 21st birthday I never knew it would be so well received. Considering making another 3 - a bit of a tribute to "Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem". I've posted a link to my bands site below, if anyone has any suggestions for characters for the remaining members let me know (the more original the better). Would be ideal for our upcoming single release gig on Halloween. ;) Looking forward to posting more instructables very soon!

http://www.facebook.com/Estrellarocks

Cheers, Nath

The List:

1inch Foam (depending on type, as some are more durable then others) (Mask + Teeth)
Orange Felt
Red Felt
Black Felt
Purple Felt
Black Feather Boa
Crimson Feather Boa (Optional)
2 Large Styrofoam Balls
1 Medium Styrofoam Ball
Red Wool
Multi Coloured Wool (Own Preference)
Black Tights
Sewing Needle
Orange + Black Thread
Glue

Credit to: http://www.instructables.com/id/Animal-Costume-from-the-Muppets/ for the idea in which to try this!
 
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Avital8 months ago
I wanted to thank you for putting up this project. Using the helmet out of foam, I made the Count von Count costume which turned out great.
normanthybeast (author)  Avital4 months ago

Hey Avital, thank you so much for your comments! Glad to hear this instructable helped. Would love to see a pic of your Count Mask, if possible? Plan to make a few more this year!

CoCo_Allen2 years ago
Hello I hope you still access this site. I need some further explanation on the mouth portion. I am so confused. Please tell me where the tights connect to the mask I understand how to do it but just not where :(
normanthybeast (author)  CoCo_Allen2 years ago
Hi Coco, sorry i wasn't able to reply to this message before Halloween as i was out of the country with no internet. I hope you where able to sort the Mouth Issue out? Or if you still require help just let me know. Thank you.
elephino2 years ago
Just wanted to say thank you for the detailed and quite helpful instructions.

Thanks to you I was, needless to say, the hit of the party.

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normanthybeast (author)  elephino2 years ago
Thank you so much for your kind comment Elephino. So glad my instructable was able to help you out! The Costume looks amazing. Cheers also for posting a picture. ROCK ON \m/
normanthybeast (author) 3 years ago
Hey All,

Just wanted to drop a quick message to say that I'm planning on adding an extra step to the Instructable to show of everyone's finished Animal Heads they have created. I have been sent a couple already and see one an here, they just look amazing!

If you could send me the a finished picture of your Animal Head pic:

Nathan_thomas_gunn@hotmail.co.uk

I'll upload it here as well as add a link to your instructable site for a bit of promo if you would like also. Not forgetting a link to the new Muppets Movie site.

Thanks again to everyone for the comments and taken the time to give this a bash.

Nath.
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saries3 years ago
Thank you so much for making your design available on the web! I followed your instructions and made an amazing Animal head for Halloween. Everyone loved it!
normanthybeast (author)  saries3 years ago
Hey Saries, glad to hear my instructable was so useful to you :D Be sure to post some pictures would be great to see the finished product \m/
Done!
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normanthybeast (author)  saries3 years ago
That looks ACE \m/. Delighted with the idea of wearing one of those Orange Lycra suits underneath to give your skin that actual Muppet look. Amazing!!
DaveG203 years ago
Hi Nath,

Great project! I'm off to go buy some foam, but can you clarify one thing for me: in the list of stuff you used it says 1/2 inch foam, but looking at the pictures and comparing it to whats in the store it looks more like 1 inch. Can you clarify which you used/which you would suggest? the 1/2 inch doesn't look all that stiff.

Thanks!
Dave
normanthybeast (author)  DaveG203 years ago
Hi Dave, thanks for the message. Sorry about that it should actually be 1" just realized the mistake now. Thanks for the heads up!

Although you do get different types of foam, some or more durable than others, so you can get away with it being slightly thinner aka 1/2inch. The best plan of action would be to go for 1inch, and see how that feels in terms of durability, then from there it size can be adjusted.

Hope that helps. If you (or anybody) have any other questions feel free to give me a shout.

thanks, Nath
LIvvie3233 years ago
HOw do you see?
normanthybeast (author)  LIvvie3233 years ago
Once the Animal Head is on the bottom lip should hang a bit. You should be able to see through the tights that you used for the mouth. You may find that the tongue needs to be reduced in size if you are having difficulties seeing passed it or better yet just remove it for function!

Hope that helps.
omiome3 years ago
this is the only step that confuses me... could you possibly clarify? i really want to make one of these for my boyfriend, he is a drummer :)
where does the pictured wire structure sit inside the mask? did you put the tights on after gluing the wires in place? i do not really understand :(
normanthybeast (author)  omiome3 years ago
The wire structure is only used to work out how far in the tights need to be without them hitting your nose when you put the mask on and take it off.

If you take the middle part of the wire structure and basically glue/tape that inside the mask from the middle of the top lip to the middle of the bottom lip then try putting the mask on. If the wire isn't hitting your nose but there's still a lot of room to play with try adding some more length or bend to the wire. Once you make the tweaks to the point you are able to out the mask on with minimal to no contact with the wire, then the next step is to take a longer piece of wire and basically tape/glue the end on from cheek to cheek making sure that it also get's attached to the wire you have already in place to the front of it. Again try the mask on once in place to make sure it does not hit your nose again.

The next stage is to stretch the tights right over the mouth making sure you give up enough slack for them to hit the back of your wire structure that is in place. You will find it easier to peg the tights to the top and bottom lip as you are doing this, again making sure there is some slack on for the tights to hit the back of the structure.

Once you have it pegged in place again try the mask on and make sure it does not hit your nose (have said that quite a lot now :P )

Next step is to glue on the top lip from the inside and again for the bottom lip. I found it easier to do it in stages - unpegging to add the glue and adding the peg to help the glue set.

Once the glue has set REMOVE the wire structure. You should now be able to wear your mask without your nose protruding from the mouth.

Hope these instructions are more helpful. If not please let me know and I'll do my best to add some visual instructions.

Good luck, Nath
Tricorvus3 years ago
This is fantastic, and I can actually see what improvements I'd need to do to it, to make an Elmo, Oscar &/or Ernie mask. Or just one to hang on the wall to scare the be-jesus out of my cats. I love Animal. I have a ball cap of him and a glow in the dark t-shirt. :D :D :D
normanthybeast (author)  Tricorvus3 years ago
Hey Tricorvus, hopefully the design will be of use to you (although your cats may not be so impressed!). I agree that the design could be very easily adapted into just about any Muppet. I'm hoping people will try out some new designs based on mine and post them here - can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! :)
Nightfox173 years ago
GRUNT (is what he says)
madenairy3 years ago
i don't ken who the girl is, but top notch creativity on the costume & i'm willing to bet wi'out the mask she's hot!
normanthybeast (author)  madenairy3 years ago
She's the co-creator, and yes... she is! ;)
angelabchua3 years ago
Oh my god. I was going to make my Animal costume in a completely different manner, and im glad you posted this, bc I might have to do it this way. If and when I finish, I will be sure to post pics in the comments.

AMAZING!
normanthybeast (author)  angelabchua3 years ago
Please do! Looking forward to see the results! If there are any steps in the guide that are unclear or you want any more info let me know :)
zazenergy3 years ago
this is amazing!! wow, i'm really stunned by your craftsmanship. great job!
normanthybeast (author)  zazenergy3 years ago
Thanks! It was a lot of fun and kept me out of trouble for a few evenings! ;)
belcher1243 years ago
Great great job with this. How much did all the supplies run for this project?
normanthybeast (author)  belcher1243 years ago
Hey Belcher, thanks for the comments.

All the supplies cost me around £25, although I did phone up my local furniture supply store regarding the foam. They were only too happy to give me what I needed as they had loads waiting to be dumped. I can't promise that would be the case where you are, but you might get lucky.

Any other questions feel free to give me a shout.

Thanks, Nath.