Steampunk Mr. Potato Head





Introduction: Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

About: Founder, Concourse

Spudnik, as I call him, was a project that was inspired by a craft swap project. Designers and crafters alike randomly were paired with a different theme and a material. My theme was "steampunk" and my material was "old toy." Every project was open for interpretation. I went to the Chelsea Flea Market in Manhattan to find some vintage toys. There were so many to choose from, but I soon realized that picking up an already aged and gritty toy would take the fun out of making something look steampunk. This is how I arrived at Target with a Mr. Potato Head in my hand. This piece was a nod to my favorite steampunk artist Doctor A.


I'm also selling some fun items on Society6:
Iphone Skin
Iphone Case
Art Prints

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    28 Discussions

    This is awesome. What did you use for the eye?

    im building a steampunk cyborg buzz lightyear right now, it was mine that i used to play with when i was little, and then my brother played with it roughly, and its half broken, so that will be the robot side........

    this was my effort at it. The top hat was done with an aluminum sheet duct taped into a tube and glued to the original mr potato-head bowler. The eyes and mustache were made from sculpy. The forklift arm is made from the legs of a robot action-figure and there are pipes on the back made from dead batteries of different sizes

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    best mr potato head i have seen. always good to know what items to
    keep on hand too, like the premo sculpey you mentioned
    great brass knuckle site.

    Hi, I got stuck whilst making my steampunk dalek gun, when I read this, you inspired my dalek. Thank you :)

    Wow that is absolutely amazing! But even more cool is how you made that potatoe head thingy into some steamy robot thingy =D
    Love the details, now it only needs some steam coming out of that tube.

    This is amazing! We used to use a real potato for Mr Potato Head, and the all-plastic version always seemed a bit... well, plastic. You've taken it to a whole new level- inspirational!!

    Hey guys and gals! I just posted my 2nd Steampunk Toy tutorial. If you enjoyed the tutorial please, vote for me in the Epilog contest or the Holiday Gift Contest. I would love your support. I could use that Laser cutter to make more art and craft projects for you! Thanks again!

    For tutorial, view here:

    Awesome. My daughter collects Mr Potato heads and this gave me the inspiration needed to build her one for her birthday that she won't find in any store. Being a computer junky my version ended up being a bit robotic looking and is a functional USB hub with light, fan, and mp3 player. I was unable to get the cool antique brass/gold color you achieved mixing the paints listed, so I bought antique gold and applied it lightly over the final color. Unfortunately doing so I lost the steampunk affect. Next one I'll use the gold direct over black. Thanks for the inspiration and great instructions.

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