Monday, May 13, 2013

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack in the Box Scary Toy Tutorial

This is is a tutorial on how to make the scary jack-o-lantern jack in box toy from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas!

Supplies Needed:
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1- Dollar Tree Craft Pumpkin
1- USPS Priority Mail Box 7"x7"x6" (free @ USPS)
1- Semi-rigid Aluminum Flexible Hose
1- Pink Foam Insulation Square 7"x7"x2" cut
12" PVC Pipe Segment
Air Dry Clay
Acrylic Paints
Sand (or Something to weight the bottom of the box)
Exacto Blade

Approx. Cost: $5 or less
(Depending on what you already have at home)

Time Invested: 3 hours


Clown Template Printable: http://scarydad.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/jackintheboxclownfacekh6.jpg



Detailed description coming soon...





10 comments:

  1. how were you able to get the orange faded look color? please id love to learn that affect. for when i do my zero house too. please and thanks

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    1. Paint the entire surface solid grey, then used watered down color on top. For the box I used a watered down orange acrylic. Then smudge black on the corners and creases.

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    2. For Zero's house I painted the entire thing a primer grey, then used a very watered down black acrylic and used it as a wash over the surface letting it settle into all the divots and cracks

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  2. Hi! I absolutely LOVE your tutorials, especially since I am entering a "cubicle" contest where I work. What are your main colors you use when you paint. I don't own any, and I am going to be purchasing some basic colors and tools this upcoming weekend. Besides the descriptions you've already given in the tutorials, any additional helpful tips? Thank you!

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    1. Hi, that is great that you are building some props. I'm not sure if you want to know what colors to buy for the jack in the box project, or in general. You definitely are going to need black and white. You can mix these two with any hue to lighten and/or darken the shade. Then in general, I would buy all the basic rainbow colors. But for the jack in the box prop, I used black, white, grey, green, and two shades of orange ( darker and pastel). Also buy a variety of sizes of brushes. 1+ inches for broad areas, and very small round fine tip brushes for small details. Hope this helps
      -K

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  3. how wide and long is recommended for the aluminum hose?

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  4. Mine is about 12-14" long and 2-2.5" in diameter. But you should calculate yours to fit your specific scale, or it will be all out of proportion. See "making props ro scale" post. Hope this helps
    -K

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    1. I had went to lowes and even called home depot and they told me they dont sell 2" in diameter in the Semi-rigid Aluminum Flexible Hose. where do I go about finding that? thank you so much for your help and time. I love your blog!

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    2. Mine was in my garage. It was a leftover part from our 1966 VW Bug. We originally picked it up for a dollar or two at a VW auto supply place by our house. You can get creative and find or make something else that will work. But if you want the same thing, here is what I used:
      Google: aluminum fresh air hose vw
      Or plastic fresh air hose vw

      Either one should work. Sorry, I had trouble finding something to use too.
      Maybe a pool supply would have plastic flexible hose?
      Let me know if you need any more help
      -K

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    3. thank you so much for the help. I did see the pool hose and I had gotten that in case we couldnt find the right size aluminum hose...it looks perfect for the craft...I was just making sure I wasnt totally missing it. thank you again! :) all this is so helpful! :)

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