Witch head with glowing eyes

Time to build: 3 hours

Materials you will need

  • 1 styrofoam wig head
  • masking tape
  • cardboard (mine came from a cereal box)
  • hot glue
  • 1 pair of clear eyeballs
  • 1 pair of LED lights
  • Dark green acrylic paint
  • Dark brown acrylic paint
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Flat black exterior latex paint
  • Flat exterior varnish
  • Aluminum foil

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Tools you will need

  • A very long screw driver
  • A dremel or a sharp knife
  • A hot glue gun
  • Cheap paint brushes

Step 1 - Prepare the eye sockets, the nose and chin of the head

  1. Draw the outline of the eye sockets of the styrofoam head.
  2. Using your dremel of knife, carve the oulined area so the eyeballs can fit centered into the eyesockets.
  3. Using a combination of cardboard and masking tape, build the chin and nose of the head and fix them on it.

Step 2 - Install the eyes LED lights

  1. Using a very long screwdriver piece a channel starting from the center of one eye socket to the back of the head. Repeat the process with the other eye socket.
  2. Temporary tape to it one LED eye light to the end of a long metal wire and slide it in one of the previously carved channel starting from the back of the head all the way to the eye socket. Repeat the process with the other eye socket channel.
  3. Using a drill, make an hole behind each eyeball making sure they are large enoPutugh to fit inside an LED light. Put the LED lights in them.
  4. Put aluminum foil at the back of each clear eyes so the light coming from the LED that goes to the back will be reflected to the front.
  5. Using a hot glue gun, glue the eyes to the eye sockets.

Step 3 - Put paper mache on the head

  1. Using your favorite paper mache techniques, coat your head with paper mache giving to it the shape and look you want.
  2. I use a mix of 50/50 water and carpenter's glue as my mache glue with newspaper strip. To simulate wrinkles, I use paper towel soaked in paper mache glue.

Step 4 - Build the two ears

  1. Using cardboard cut two rough form of the outside of an ear. Then cut an hole inside the two cutted cardboard ears.
  2. Cut to other form from the cardboard that is smaller than the two previous cutted ears form.
  3. Cut two long strips of cardboard making the ends narrow and enlarging to the center. The lenght of the strip should be the diameter of the small cardboard cutted on previous step.
  4. Glue the previously cutted strips to the inside ear cardboard form with hot glue.
  5. Glue the outer ear cardboard to the cardboard strips with hot glue.
  6. Add details to the interior of the ear with cardboard and hot glue.
  7. Coat the ears in paper mache and fix them to the head with hot glue.

Step 5 - Protect and paint the head

  1. Add two coats of exterior varnish to the dried paper mache head and ears. Sand lightly between each coat.
  2. Add two coats of latex exterior flat black paint on the head and ears.
  3. Paint the lowpoints of the head with diluted dark brown acrylic paint.
  4. Paint the highpoints of the head with diluted yellow acrylic paint.
  5. Coat the head with lightly diluted dark green acrylic paint.

Step 6 - The final touch

  1. Add a wig and a hat to your head if you like and enjoy your work.


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