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This Zero from the Nightmare Before Christmas is easy and cheap to make. In fact, there's so little to it, we were able to make him while my partner and I were living out of suitcases in a motel room (so please don't judge us on the motel room decor in the photos).
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Step 1: What you'll need

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Most of what you need is probably already lying around your house or in your recycling bin.

You will need:
  • carboard boxes
  • 2 L pop bottle
  • plastic container (I used a yogurt container)
  • masking tape
  • scrap paper or newsprint
  • twine or string
  • saran wrap or other plastic cling wrap
  • white fabric (a cheap flat sheet works well)
  • white glue
  • red and black felt
  • wire (I used thin jewelry making wire but you can use whatever you have on hand or just skip it)
  • small toy pumpkin (I found some party favour whistles that were the right size)
You will also need some basic tools like scissors, a paint brush, a glue gun and an exacto knife.

Step 2: Build the body

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Zero is made much the same way as I made my glowing dress lamps: first you create a form and then you cover it in fabric and stiffen the fabric before finally removing the body form to be left with just the fabric shape.

Zero's body is pretty simple, it's just a head on  the end of a long pyramid.

Start by cutting a cardboard box in half diagonally. Secure the end with tape.

For the neck, cut a plastic container to size and attach it to the body with tape.

To build the head, cut off part of the pop bottle and wrap it in tape to make it more narrow at the open end. Add tear drop shaped cardboard sides and a strip of thin cardboard to round out the back. Build up the shape of the head with scrunched up paper and more tape. Be sure to properly shape around the eyes with strips of cardboard and more paper.

pikachu45928 months ago
Great instructable. I wish I had seen this earlier so I could have made one for Halloween/Christmas. Definately for next year I will make one.
Love this! Think I'm going to have to make one next year.
urbanmx10 months ago
My kids have recently gotten into this movie so I've seen it more than I ever imagined. You really captured zero he looks great.
ChrysN10 months ago
I love it, he looks adorable!
RollerScrapper10 months ago
Excellent! I love oogie boogie in the window too!
Where can you get a small tot pumpkin
ModMischief (author)  interestedturtle10 months ago
We bought a bag of party favour whistles at Walmart (they look like these) but the seasonal Halloween section had lots of different little pumpkin shaped toys and decorations that would also have worked. You could also find some at a dollar store.
M3G10 months ago
This looks awesome!