By Thirteen for Halloween on Aug 28, 2008 | In Art & Craft Projects
2008 Note: Warning! Duct tape is temperature sensitive and does not last forever. Only after one year, my 2007 Duct Tape Monsters are beginning to fall apart (stored in the garage, so heat and cold have been extreme). So, if you’re looking to make something long lasting (which I usually am), forget this project. If you only need something for one year (two at best), then go ahead.
I first saw a duct tape monster at a craft store a couple of years ago and saw the idea revisited in a recent Halloween magazine. The great thing about this project is the amount of creativity it affords you to create a monster of your own imagining. Whether you’re into cyclops & skeletons (me) or disco-dancing martians (my wife), duct tape is almost a blank slate and comes in a lot of colors these days.
- Build a form for your monster using boxes, plastic bottles, newspaper, wire hangers and other discarded materials.
- Make sure you use something heavy (like rocks or bags filled with beans) for the feet.
- Cover your form with appropriately colored duct tape.
- Create mouths, teeth, pupils and other features with craft foam.
- Attach foam pieces with glue dots.
Be sure to pay attention to balancing your monster if you wish it to stand on its own!
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