Introduction: Styrofoam Halloween Props
Ok, This is my first instructable so please be kind.
this whole thing started with my gf's friends son wanting a Skeletor staff! Thats why its a Ram Head, However this will work for any prop. Im going to try a wolf head next!
Anyway He didin want to pay the price for a real ram skull nor could he find a "GOOD" prop made skeletor staff on ebay. So I took some extra styrofoam and made this!
Step 1: Materials
Here are som of the materials you will need!
Jig, Skill or Hack Saw
Step 2: Draw Out Your Pattern
Ok do some research and find some images you want to cut out. Again I picked the Ram Head! Start by drawing directly on your Styrofoam. Make sure you rough sketch all your details in.
Step 3: Cut Out Your General Shape
With your drawing and detail added its time to choose your weapon (saw) and go to town. Leave yourself enough room to do some edging and sanding later! In the second picture you can see I did not cut all the way to the line.
Step 4: Edge and Shape Your Prop
Ok here is where your hack saw, sanding paper and dremel will come in handy! You'll want yo srart shaping your prop. I took the hack saw and did a "rough" cut all the way around the prop, i also did this at an angle to assist in rounding the corners. I used my Dremel to sand down into the prop to make voids and crevices. I then took my sandpaper and smoothed out, roughed up and shaped all the areas.
Step 5: Primer Your Prop and Acess
This step is ecactly what it says, Primer your prop. Srpay paint will desoulve your styrofoam a little but this is ok. It gives it a little of a decayed look, perfect for a halloween prop. This is a perfect time to shape out any acessories cut em sand em and primer em! Give your paint some time to dry. The styrofoam will stick and tear if you do not!
Step 6: Attach Your Acessories
You will not need to attach your acessories and any other parts and pieces to finish your prop! I used gorilla glue whis was perfect for this project, it expands and work great with the foam. Dont worry about the glue expanding it can be sanded off easy enough. Now I used finisning nails to hold my pieces in place while the glue dried, again give it 24 hours! I left the nails in the prop for a little extra stability!
Step 7: Finish Your Prop
Now its time to finish your prop.Sand down any rough spots including glue expansion, Paint and detail!
Simple as pie! You now have a creepy halloween prop. Im this case I now have to paint this thing purple and attach it to a staff. Wish me luck and Keep on making Stuff!