Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon ūüôā I had a lot of fun making this life-size¬†Oogie Boogie. ¬†It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood. ¬†My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all! ¬†It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

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  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle. ¬†I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like. ¬†I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.


Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way ūüôā I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on ūüôā

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent¬†from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks. ¬†If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base


I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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So after a hard winter, I had to do something with my flower pots. I have only had them for 2 years. The poor things took a beating with this crazy hard winter we had. They needed to be refreshed for this summer. Below is how I refreshed my flower pots.

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Cleaning Your Flower Pot

So the outside of my pots had this white yucky stuff from the hard winter. I took some soapy water and a scrub brush and cleaned it all away. Make sure with anything before you paint that you clean it first. Have you ever painted something and a hair or dirt was on it. It falls off the wall or sticks there causing a bump. Not the most pleasant look!  My pots looked so bad and white I wanted to make them look back to their original glory.


Painting The Outside of The Pot

I used Rust-Oleum metallic paint and primer in one in oil rubbed bronze. Below is a picture of one of a painted one next to the weathered one. Sorry, the picture is kind of dark.

Painted pot all nice and back to where it was when I bought it

Refresh Your Soil

So after sitting all winter long, the soil became compacted. I took a shovel and moved the soil around. You might want to consider adding more fertilizer or mixing new soil into the old pot.

Flowers Next!

This year I decided to buy perennial¬†so that they come back each year. I hate buying the annuals every year and they just die and never come back to life ūüôĀ I bought Viola, Shasta Daisy, poppy and Vinca flowers this year. They were pretty and the Vinca should help fill in the pot a little. Hopefully, it won’t choke my other flowers we will see how¬†it goes.

Now you have your finished Refreshed flower pot done¬†and it’s ready to help spruce up your outdoor area. As you can tell I have ways¬†to go in the backyard to get it all in shape for summer and the end of spring since that’s all we got this year. SNOW ruined the early spring.



Build Your Own BB8 Droid From Paper Mache

Build BB8-For my Rey Costume. I wanted to build my own BB8 droid. You should follow the instructions to build your own too. Its a semi-simple process get started now.

So I decided I would build my own BB8 out of paper mache. I had intended on making it a moving one but didn’t have time to finish it. Now after I have it all painted I don’t know in the future I could cut it in half to add the parts ūüôā It’s too pretty now and looks good just sitting there.

bb8 paper mache


Paper Mache

So the first step to creating your bb8 you will need to get a 20″ beach ball. Add on the newspaper¬†strips with this mixture Elmer‚Äôs glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio to cover the strips in

You will need to get a 20″ beach ball and add on newspaper¬†strips with the mixture Elmer‚Äôs glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio.



You will need to add 3 layers of paper mache on the ball. I usually use a paint brush to add the strip on with the glue mixture.


Make It More Sturdy

After you do the layers of newspaper, you may want to add on layers of fabric to make it more sturdy. I use some white cotton fabric. After you add that layer on you will have to add one last layer of paper mache.





Filling It In With Joint Compound

Next step I took joint compound and filled in the divots. After you let this dry, sand the joint compound with 220 grit sandpaper to make it as smooth as possible.I would suggest doing this outside with a mask and glasses it makes a mess. Then you will need to wipe the ball off so the spray paint goes on with no problem Now you can add your white spray paint on.



Paint BB8

Now it’s time to paint on the circle’s Note: doing circles on a circle is not the easiest thing. I used a pencil first to draw it all out then fill in the paint. You can use acrylic paints to paint it. I used this source to know what to paint each circle.


After it was all painted I clear coated it with Rust-oleum clear coat spray paint.


BB8 Head

I bought a smooth hollowed out styrofoam half circle. I used a knife to cut the edge it might be better if you have a foam cutter to get a cleaner edge. You will then want to paint the head I went through with a pencil to make the marks then filled it in with paint. I google searched images for the head to get it as close as I could to the real one. For the one¬†eye I used half of an easter¬†egg and I had this cheap plastic circle frame thing I put around it. I spray painted the egg, frame, and second eye with black rust-oleum spray paint. The little eye and antennas are made from Fimo¬†clay. I also took the electrical tape to the ends of the one antenna. It’s ok but you might find something better for the antennas. I hope you enjoy making one as much as I did.

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