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).

Step 1: What You'll Need

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.

<p>How exactly do you remove the form from the fabric? I've made it up to the end of Step 4....and now I'm confused on how to take the form out? Thanks x</p>
<p>When it is dry you should be able to just pull the fabric off of the form (after untying/cutting any string holding the fabric around the neck). The glue doesn't stick to the plastic wrap.</p>
That still doesn't make sense? I understand what you mean about pulling the fabric off, but surely the form wont fit through the gap where the neck is?
<p>At this point in the process none of the seams should be sealed. The neck is only held tight by the string. When you cut the string you should be able to peel the fabric off of the form. You'll be left with 2 pieces of shaped fabric, the body and head, that you will need to attach in the following steps.</p>
How does this hold up in the rain? Any suggestions to make it waterproof?
<p>How it holds up in wet weather will depend on the glue you use. White glue won't last in the rain, but you can try to find a waterproof glue to help it hold its shape if it gets wet.</p>
<p>How do you think it would work out if I did a &quot;top coat&quot; of a clear sealant type spray paint, or just used that instead of the white glue coats in terms of waterproofing?</p>
<p>I don't know if a spray-on sealer would have enough hold power on its own to keep the fabric in the shape you want, but used as a protective coat over the glue, it might help it hold up in the rain.</p>
<p>I might try this with a little rotating counter balance to get him to shake and move</p>
<p>He catches the wind really well, so hanging outside of our house on fishing line, he's constantly moving.</p>
<p>Can you please please PLEASE contact me so I can purchase one? My arts and craft skills are worse than a 1 year old's, but, this would be for a very special event and would help make a young woman's very very happy. (I can give you more details in a private conversation.) Thanks a bunch - Joe</p>
<p>Hi! I am trying to do this for Halloween. I was just wondering if there is any other way of sticking the parts together without having to buy a glue gun or hot glue?</p>
<p>You could try sewing the pieces together with a needle and thread. I imagine it would be tricky but it might work.</p>
<p>you dont think white glue or super glue (like loctite) would do?</p>
<p>I'm sure that would be fine for the eyes and collar, but I don't know if that would work to attach the wire and hold the head to the body. You can always test it and try to borrow a glue gun if it doesn't work out.</p>
<p>great thanks! I'll let you know how it goes, still on step 4</p>
You should make them and sell them on Etsy. I'd buy one. I am sure it would be a big hit.
Im using a dheet but its not very thin will it still work? Looks good so far i hope so
<p>If the fabric is too thick, your finished Zero might not glow very well. You can test it out by holding the fabric up to a light to see how much shines through.</p>
<p>Hope you are still there ... How do you get the plastic bottle and cardboard out of the head. Or do you leave it in? </p>
<p>You'll need to remove the stuffing from the head if you want it to glow when lit up. While the glue will make the fabric stiff so it holds it shape, you should be able to peel it off the form carefully and pop it back into shape (as long as you haven't sealed any seams).</p>
<p>Very good. Coat one is dry. This will be awesome!</p>
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.
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.
I love it, he looks adorable!
Excellent! I love oogie boogie in the window too!
Where can you get a small tot pumpkin
We bought a bag of party favour whistles at Walmart (<a href="http://ustoykidfun.com/halloween-ghost-and-pumpkin-whistles" rel="nofollow">they look like these</a>) 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.
This looks awesome!

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