Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween craft time with Kirk

I survived another Halloween. 

I wanted to show you how my Halloween project turned out for Halloween 2013!  

Previously in my blogs titled "I Love Halloween part 1, 2, and 3" I had constructed an old western toe-pincher coffin. I then acquired a heavy skeleton meant to teach an anatomy class about the human skeletal structure and planned to decorate it to look like a rotting corpse and live forever in my toe-pincher coffin. Here’s how it was completed.

First the eyes

I gorilla glued some real glass eyes into the ocular cavities of the skull. 

Then the face

After that I melted hot wax and molded it around the face to give it more of a fleshy texture.

Now color

Then I spray painted it all with a tan color with green undertones.

Final facial details

I tried to open the jaw to show the mouth open but I broke the springs holding it in place so I had to wire the jaw shut and settled for a closed mouth expression.
I blackened the teeth with acrylic paint

Mounting the corpse
close up: moss and cobwebs

Finally I bolted an “L” bracket at the head of the coffin, and wired the skull to it. That way I can either lay the coffin down, or stand it up and the body won’t slide around and fall out.
I stapled moss and cobwebs around the interior to add to the aged looking effect.

Now that's curb appeal

Final project on display

I got very few trick-or-treaters this year to admire my handy work. Hopefully that changes in the future. 

Any advice on where I can store this heavy Halloween decoration until next year? Please leave your comments below!


  1. I don't have any good advice on where to store it, but I'm very impressed!

    1. Thanks Jeff, I was very envious to read about your Zombie hunting adventure with your sister.

  2. Looking good Kirk - I always love Craft time with Kirk! Maybe you could store it under your bed? or hide it around the house in a different spot everyday? Ha. Just kidding. That would scare me sooooo bad.

  3. Yeah, don't hide it in different places in the house. Let's make sure everyone in our family knows where it is at all times, please.