How to Make a Dummy




Introduction: How to Make a Dummy

About: I love to learn how to do stuff, and show people how to make what i learn.

In this Instructable, I'll how to make a cheap dummy using common household items. This can be made in about 15-20 minutes with great realistic results in the end.

Step 1: Prepare the Materials

You've got to always prepare what you need first!

To make this dummy, you'll need:
   - An old pair of pants
   - A bunch of old newspapers or clothes
   - An old sweater, coat, or jacket
   - A mask
   - An old pair of shoes

Step 2: Stuff the Legs

One of the most crucial steps is the stuffing.
   - First, gather your pants then your old newspapers or clothes.
   - When using newspaper, crumple it slightly. Don't crumple it as much as you can.
   - Start from the bottom and work your way up.

   - Stuff the dummy legs as realistically as you can.
   - Don't put a lot of old newspapers or clothes in one area, then none in another area.

Step 3: Put on Some Shoes

You do want it to look real - don't you? Well if so, you'll need some shoes!

  To put these on, just simply tuck the bottom of the pants into the shoes.

Step 4: Stuff Your Torso

Just as important as stuffing your legs, you'll need to stuff your torso.

  - Start at the arms and work your way up.
  - Just as you did for the legs, stuff it with your old newspapers or clothes.
  - You may want to put more stuffing in the shoulder area. When the dummy is sitting down, this   makes it more realistic.
  - You might want to add fake hands or gloves to make it look even more realistic.
  - You might want to add stuffing to your mask to give it a 3-D look.

Step 5: Finish It

Now that your done stuffing, you need to put it all together.

  - Tuck the pants in the torso to put it together.
  - Know where you're going to put your dummy.

 Putting the Dummy in a Sitting Position
  - Lift your dummy up from the bottom when moving it.
  - Slowly set it down.
  - Set it up the way you want it to look.

  Putting the Dummy in a Standing Position
  - Use a wood post or anything you want to hold it up.
  - Stick the bottom of the wood post in the ground, and the other end up the back torso of the dummy.
  - You may need to use a staple gun to staple the legs to the torso so they don't fall apart.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Heh. Heh. I just got reminded of when this guy sat down in his lawn dressed as a dummy like this, perfectly still. Then, when we came by his house, he jumped at us and screamed! It was so funny!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    If you use a shredder on your old documents, keep the shreddings in loosely tied supermarket bags and they make excellent stuffing for a dummy.  The other advantage is that they burn really well which makes them ideal for a bonfire party. 
    We don't do Halloween as enthusiastically as you Statesiders, but have bonfire parties with fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night to commemorate the failure of the gunpowder plot on November 5th, 1605.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     lol i made a dummy a couple days ago: used exactly that (old shreddings) another idea is, for the torso, you can put a pillow in a garbage bag (so it doesn't get wet. It works really well, and allows you to have to use less shreddings newspaper etc...


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Also, even if the dummy's sitting down, it's a good idea to give him a wooden 'spine' which goes into the head and is attached to the top of the trousers.  This gives him a better posture and gets rid of the 'couch potato' look.