1- Dollar Tree Craft Pumpkin
Alternate box: Duck 6"x6"x6" box
1- Semi-rigid Aluminum Flexible Hose
1- Pink Foam Insulation Square cut to fit
PVC Pipe Segment
Air Dry Clay
Sand (or Something to weight the bottom of the box so it is not top heavy)
Wood dowel segment
Disposable allen wrench
Approx. Cost: $5 or less
(Depending on what you already have at home)
Time Invested: 3 hours
Clown Template Printable
I based my scale off of the size pumpkin I found. Make yours to scale according to your supplies.
BOX & SPRING CONSTRUCTION
4c. Slide a PVC Pipe segment down into the tubing to it will stand firm and not bend or flop over once weight is added to the top.
5b. Paint "Spring" tubing black.
Cover the Styrofoam pumpkin in a thin layer of air dry clay.
The Styrofoam has all those little balls and it made the surface a little bumpy with an undesirable texture.
6b. Use an exacto blade to cut the jack-o-lantern face. (Use photo for placement reference)
7. Paint pumpkin medium orange
8. Paint pumpkin dark orange in the outer edges of eyes, nose and mouth for depth.
9. Paint Pumpkin details:
a . Paint stem brown.
b . Paint a mix of watered down mix of brown and orange into all the indentation lines and blend for dimension.
c . Paint eyes, nose and mouth black.
10. Paint box details:
a . Paint entire inner box black (including inner lid).
b . Paint entire outer box primer gray (including outer lid).
c . Paint entire outer box with a watered down orange wash (over the grey to give faded, vintage look).
(Add smudges of black wash to corners and edges for a distressed look)
d . Paint dark orange striped vertically around the inner walls of the box.
e . Use the clown face template to draw/transfer the clown onto the front of the box.
f . Paint the clown face details.
(There is a discrepancy about which side the crank appears on. In the movie during the "assembly line" scene, the crank appears on the left, later in a different scene when the jack in the box is jumping down the hallway, it appears on the right)
11. Make crank out of Allen wrench and pink insulation foam pieces.
a . Cut small disc out of insulation foam. Put a small screw through the center of it and screw it through the side of the box and into the inner foam cube.( There was a counter sunk hole left where the screw had gone through the foam disc, this is where I glued the Allen wrench into.)
b . Glue on Allen wrench (it will need to be supported while it dries)
c . Carve a small rounded handle piece out insulation foam. Slide it onto the other side of the Allen wrench.
e . Paint the foam disc and foam handle black
12a. Paint a 3-4 inch wood dowel segment black
12b. Hot glue the dowel into the crease on the back side, where the lid flap meets the box.
(It not only will look like a hinge, but it will actually help the lid stay propped up in a desirable pose instead of flopping straight back with gravity.)