The Making of George the Mummy

We wanted to give people a scare on Halloween and was inspired by a visit to Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum so we set out to make our own mummy, George the mummy (he got too curious).

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For the mummy, we used:

  • A roll of burlap fabric
  • Lots of brown shipping paper
  • Chicken wire
  • Aluminum fense wire
  • 5 1/4×1/4X 5 Wood
  • Twine
  • nuts and bolts.

We needed it to be pretty light so we didn’t use a lot of wood and padded the skeleton with lots of shipping paper.  We had been storing the shipping paper for years and had bags of it in a closet for just such a project.  It is perfect because it looks like old dried skin!

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Cutting the joint

We wanted George to be flexible so we could place him through out the house and even take him on car trips.

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Close-up of the joint

This is one of the joints that we made.  George is fully articulate but not powered like our robots.

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Trimming the sides

We cut small pieces of the wood off to make it more rounded then sanded the edges to get a clean joint. Since these joints would not be seen we used only rough grade sandpaper.

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The finished joint

We drilled holes in the joints so that we could put them together.  To drill the holes we clamped the two pieces together to assure the holes would align.

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Putting them together

We used a rubber washer between the two pieces so George would not be too wobbly.  After screwing the bolts down we crimped end to make sure they would not come undone after George was finished.

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Starting the head

We used chicken wire to start making the shape of the head. The chicken wire was so sharp so we had to be extra careful not to cut ourselves. Best to let a parent do this part.  One trick we used was to warp the end pieces in duck tape to make them less pocky.

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The basic shape of the head

We molded the head into shape. We recomend wearing thick gardening gloves because the chicken wire is very sharp.

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Wrapping it in paper

 We wrapped it in paper to make it less sharp and because the paper looks like dry skin. The paper alos helps makes the linbs more circlular.

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George’s head with the skin

The head fully wrapped in paper.

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Securing the paper

We secured the paper by tightly wrapping it in twine. we used twine because it is strong, but also because it is the same color as the paper, so if a little shows it would blend in with the paper.

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Wrapping it in burlap

We wrapped it up in burlap after we finished securing the paper. We did several layers so it wouldn’t come off and towards the end split the burlap into multiple strips

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The completed head

After the head was done it was on to the rest of the body.  The wooden skeleton we made as simple ae possible and used bolts and bolts with crimp washers to make sure it would not come loose after the wrapping for completed.

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Put it together!

Now assemble the skeleton and wrap the body in the same fashion as the head. Wrapping the hands and feet proved to be very hard, and we ended up not making wooden fingers, we just wrapped the arm and secured the ends.

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Waiting to be wrapped

Here is the completed skeleton fully covered in paper and tied together with twine. We needed to remove the final wrapping from the head in order to better integrate it to the body.  Also, we tried using left over hand from out Hand of Glory project but in the end, they did not look as real as we want.

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The side view
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Front view

Now you can see George out of the workshop!  We originally tried to make him be able to stand up on his own, but that would mean either making the body weirdly small or making the feet gigantic. We ended up attaching him to a lamp post instead.

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George the mummy exercising

In this photo, George is sitting on a stationary bicycle. This shows off how George’s limbs can move and that he can be detached from the lamppost. It also shows that George is about the same size as a normal human, which makes him more realistic and creepy.

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George taking down holiday decorations with Number Three

In this video, George is taking down Christmas decorations with Number Three, showing off how well he stands and how much he enjoys wearing hats. He is also sturdy enough to hold Christmas tree ornaments without his arm bending.

Happy Creating!

Monster: Lin the Dragon

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Lin the Dragon

Born from one of our favorite bushes and a failed costume, Lin the dragon was our most complex monster at that time.

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Flying free!

Lin has posable legs, tail and wings. The legs can barely support her so we decided to hang her from the ceiling to watch over us as we craft.

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Side view
Close up of wooden wing
Close up of a wing joint

The wings are from a dragon costume we were building that proved to be too heavy. The tail is made by repeatedly cutting the log and threading a steal wire through them to secure it.

Happy crafting!

Monster: Hummingbird

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The Hummingbird Monster

The hummingbird monster was made from a branch too weak to be used for other projects. We decided to make it into a hummingbird because it already had a long beak, and the body was already shaped like a bird. After lots of trimming, sanding, and bees wax, we added felt and wire wings.

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Bottom view

Hung from the ceiling, the humming bird monster comes to life.

Wooden Monster, Kid-made, bird

Happy Creating!

Monster: Anteater

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Coming through your window!

We call this monster the Anteater.  The Anteater monster was a wonderful branch that was too split to make a good wand or use in other projects. After we stabilized the splitting and cut out all the rotted wood, we sanded her and coated her heavily in bees wax.

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Side view

At first we thought of mounting Anteater on the wall as if she was a trophy, but then the Sister’s team thought of having her appear to climb out of the wall.  We then used a picture frame we were working on and created a fake window using the picture frame, paint, and plexiglass for her to climb out of. With a window as a mount, she made a great addition to our living room.

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Side view

Wooden Monster on a table

Happy Creating!

Monster: Allie

The Hip Monsters team does not like trees going to waste so whenever we stumble upon a piece of wood too rotten or misshapen to be used for out projects, we create a wooden monster!

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Born from a dead branch of a juniper bush, this monster is built to protect a child’s room. It is very possessive and will only allow one monster in the room at a time. Perfect for making sure human children have a restful nighttime sleep.

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Allie from the front.

We made Allie’s eyes out of two styrofoam balls.

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Allie from the rear.

Allie was one of our first monsters and is at the front of our house very Halloween!

Happy Creating!