Intro: Reaching Hands - Halloween Prop
This is an easy little project. It's basically, hands that appear to be reaching down from the ceiling trying to grab you. It's great prop for your Halloween party or haunted garage.
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Step 1: Parts You Will Need
The following is a list of parts you will need to make this project:
1) A small oscillating fan.
2) Fake Hands
3) Black Plastic Sheeting.
4) strong fishing line, string, or duct tape
5) Mounting equipment
- I used a small piece of rope & two drywall screws to hold up the fan.
I found a fan for $5 at a local "Big Lots". Although, it's actually hard to find a fan where I live in the Fall. The remove all the fans from the shelves and replace them with heaters. So, make sure you plan in advance.
The hands, I was able to get from work. I work at a hospital that does prosthetics. A lot of times they have extra hands and feet that were damaged and can't be used to make the prosthetics, so I end up with a ton of feet and hands, perfect for a haunted house. I had to settle for 2 left hands. People usually don't notice in a dimly lit area.
The Black Plastic Sheeting can be found in any pretty much any hardware store. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart in the paint department. It cost me $7.99 for a 25 foot roll. It's also great for making black walls in a haunted house
Step 2: Hook the Hands to the Fan
The first thing you'll need to do is hook the hands to both sides of the fan. Since the hands I used were more like gloves, I was able to use fishing line.
Tie both hands to either side of the fan. Make sure you don't get the line tied up in the fan blades. If fishing line doesn't work on your fake hands, you may need to result to duct tape.
Step 3: Mount the Fan on the Ceiling
Since the base of the fan doesn't actually mount to the ceiling, you'll have to find a beam or wall to mount it to, just so the fan is blowing downward, and still able to oscillate from side to side.
Luckily my patio is framed in on the ceiling, so it makes it pretty easy for me. If this doesn't work for you, you may need another mounting method.
Step 4: Cover Fan With Black Sheeting
The next step is to loosely cover the fan with black plastic sheeting. This sheeting comes in rolls of 25 feet at Wal-Mart. I use it for the walls of my haunted house, so I had some scraps left over to help cover up the fan.
Staple the plastic sheeting around the fan, allowing room for the fan to move back & forth. Also, obviously leave holes for the hands to poke through.
Step 5: Turn on the Fan and Enjoy!
Thanks for checking this out!