Everyone come a little closer, I have a story to tell you.
There’s nothing more lovely than the chuckle of a new born baby. Unless it’s 3am, you don’t have a baby and you live alone. I’m kidding, but, now that I have you in the mood for something spooky, let me share my latest Foxy Make with you!
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
FRANKENSTEIN CANDY DISPENSER
This Foxy Make is a little different. It’s Foxy because it’s a DIY and money saving project, but also for another, perhaps more important reason.
I have a friend who uses a wheelchair and lives in a building with stairs and first floor living space. Every year, when the little witches and wizards, ghosts and ghouls come knocking, looking for a Trick or Treat, ‘ she can’t share in the Halloween fun with them – it’s difficult for her to get down the stairs quickly and of course, dangerous to try to rush.
So I devised a Foxy Make that allows her to have fun with the visiting kids, offer up treats and not have to answer the door.
*For this project, I finally got to use my reciprocating saw.
EVOLUTION TOOLS very kindly sent me a reciprocating saw to try for them when I told them I was creating some pallet wood projects.
The reciprocating saw is a great way to break up pallets and allows you to keep the vast amount of slats intact.
Here’s the full, spooky video of the project:
Let’s get FOXY – How I made it:
- I ‘rescued’ a pallet from a dark alleyway and then disassembled it using my reciprocating saw ( how’s that for Halloween horror?!). You could use a circular saw, jigsaw or even handsaw to cut through the slats, but this is way more fun!
2.The next step was to use some scrap wood to produce a box. I cut the wood to size, glued it up end to end, and pulled it closed with the clamps until the glue set.
3. I decided upon my character and drew his outline on some scrap plywood. Now, I drew Frankenstein, well, actually, I drew Frankenstein’s Monster! (I’ve no idea what his Father looked like!- so I’m calling him Frank Jnr.) You could of course draw any Halloween character you like, I think Dracula would work pretty well too – maybe next year!
4. I drilled some holes in his head, well – in the board to allow my scroll saw blade to pass through (still sounds creepy). Taking my time, I carefully cut out the section forming the inside of Frank jnr’s mouth. Say “ARRRRGGGHHH!!”
5. Time to cut out the profile shape of Frank Jnr’s head with a jig saw and then paint his smooshy face all green and gross looking.
6. Here I have drawn on the features with marker pen and painted him. I used glow in the dark paint to give the white bits and extra ghostly glow.
7. I then cut a hole a little larger than Frank Jnr’s mouth out of another plywood board. I covered that board with blackboard vinyl – this stuff is self adhesive and was easy to apply.
8. Next step, was to glue the box to the blackboard and glue some funky, green, LED lights inside what will be Frank Jnr’s mouth! I simply fixed them in with hot glue – opening the box of light was a bit creepy though!
9.Here I’m nailing some pallet wood slats on to the sides of the blackboard section, these sides form the outer frame.
10. Rummaging around, I found a tin of dark oak wood dye left over from a previous project and used this to stain the pallet wood – who knew dark wood oak dye was so spooky?! “Screeeeaaaammms!!”
11. Almost there. I drilled eight holes at the bottom of the blackboard and fixed two huge bolts (designed for fixing in to cement) down with four cable ties. These are the bolts in Frank Jnr’s neck of course, how else would his head stay on, huh? huh?
12. Now, time to glue Frank Jnr’s face to the box section, attach string and a hook to the back, chalk a message on the blackboard, fill his mouth with sweets and turn down the lights!
13. Spooky 13th last step – hang him on the front door and wait for the kids to come!
FOXY MAKES FRANKENSTEIN HEAD CANDY DISPENSER IS COMPLETE!
I really hope you enjoyed this fun project. You can watch the entire build over on my YouTube channel, Making It Out of The Woods, – but be warned, its pretty spooky!
You deicide, is Frank Jnr. a Trick or a Treat?? Happy Halloween!!
Don’t forget to like and subscribe over on my YouTube channel, Making It Out Of The Woods, follow me on Instagram for more Foxy Makes and please leave me a comment on this blog. I’d love to hear from you – do you have any ideas for a Foxy Make you’d like to see me build?
*The reciprocating saw is great for breaking down pallets, but if you aren’t confident with power tools you can often pick up smaller pallets that have already been broken down or take your time and use a pry bar and hand saw.
*I sprayed the entire project with clear sealer to protect it from any rainfall, I designed this to hang on a front door sheltered by a porchway, so chalk board backing worked fine – but you could use regular black paint.
See you soon for another FOXY MAKE and remember folks, STAY FOXY! Claire x