Anyone else think the Halloween animatronics are overrated? Yeah neither do I, but who can really afford them at $300 a piece? Ok, so I am not going to show you how to make one of these but I’ll show you a scaled back version…ok WAYYY scaled back. First you need supplies….
- 1-1.5 inch 12 ft ABS Pipe – $11
- 1-1.5 inch 6 ft ABS Pipe – $8
- 6-90 degree ABS elbow joints (1.5in) $8
- 1-Wye fitting ABS connectors (1.5in) – $3
- 2-45 degree elbow joint connectors (1.5in) – $2.50
- 2-Tee fittings (1.5in) – $6
- 1-Can of ABS/PVC Bonding Adhesive – $13
- 1-Werewolf Mask and Hands (Gloves) – $10
- 1-Foam Skull or Filler for your werewolf mask – $2
- 1-Oversize Plaid Shirt – $0 from your closet
- 1-Large Pair of Men’s Jeans – $0 from your hubbies closet
- 1-Pair of Manly Work Boots – $0 from your hubby (I’m sure he doesn’t need them for this 1 day out of the year 😉
- 4-Zip Ties – $1
- 1-Chain (optional) – $0
Grand Total – less than $65
Alrighty, now that you have your supplies, you’ll need to cut your ABS pipe to size. Here are the sizes that you’ll need to cut. My husband used a hacksaw (a handsaw but it has a different blade /shape than a saw to cut wood) for these pieces
From the 6ft ABS piece – cut…
- (1) 18″ piece (torso)
- (2) 16″ pieces (thigh)
- (2) 6″ pieces (hips)
You should have about 10 inches left over from this piece (hold onto it for my DIY Zombie) project coming soon.
From the 12ft ABS piece – cut..
- (2) 13″ pieces (biceps)
- (2) 13″ pieces (calves)
- (2) 12″ pieces (forearms)
- (2) 8″ pieces (shoulders)
- (1) 7″ piece (head)
- (1) 6″ piece (neck)
You should have about 39 inches left over (save it for the next project: DIY Zombie)
Label each piece as you cut it (this will help when you start to build him). Now you need to glue certain connector pieces together. Keep reading on for instructions on what gets glued together..
1. Wolf Torso – (1) 18″ torso piece glued to the top of (1) Tee Connector; (2) 6″ hip pieces glued to each side of the Tee Connector like this..
2. Wolf Neck – (1) 6″neck piece glued into the angled part of your (1) Wye Fitting
3. Wolf Shoulders – (2) 8″ shoulder pieces glued into straight pieces on the other (1) Tee Connector
4. Wolf Head – (1) 7″head piece shoved into the bottom portion of your foam skull (if possible, leave the plastic on the skull (if it came with any) if you have weather like we have in Alberta, this will help protect it from shriveling up when it rains or snows)
5. Wolf Arms – Glue (1) 45 degree elbow joint to (1) 13″ bicep pipe and then glue the other side to (1) 12″ forearm pipe. Repeat this process for the other arm. Take (2) 90 degree fittings and put them on your wolfs shoulders. DO NOT GLUE! You want these to be moveable so you can pose your wolf anyway you’d like. Attach the arms into the 90 degree fittings.
6. Wolf Thighs – Take (1) 90 degree elbow fitting and glue one side onto (1) 16″thigh piece. Repeat this process for the other leg.
7. Wolf Calves – Repeat the same process for your last (2) 13″calve pieces and your last (2) 90 degree elbow fittings as you did for the thighs for wolfs calves.
Now that everything is glued, you can begin attaching your wolf together (if you haven’t already started). Torso-Neck-Shoulders-Arms-Hip-Legs.
It may be tempting to glue all his pieces together, but I would refrain against it because it’s easier to store him in a bin instead of keeping him all together. Unless you have the room to store your life size wolf without freaking out your kids, then go for it! 😀
Now assemble his wardrobe-shirt, jeans, boots. Another reason I do not glue him fully, is he is hard to put clothes on. It’s much easier to rip his arm off to put his shirt on, sometimes he reminds me of a 4 year old-WE’VE GOT PLACES TO BE WOLF, PUT YOUR DAMN CLOTHES ON ALREADY! Just use duck-tape to tape the pieces together because he starts to fall apart a bit.
Use the zip ties for his hands to attach to the ABS pipe underneath the shirt and to attach his mask to his shirt collar (you will probably need to poke some holes through your mask and shirt) This will help keep his head steady in the wind.
To bulk up your werewolf, stuff his jeans and arms with plastic grocery bags. A fat suit costume was passed down to me from my mother who wore it for one of her costumes, so we use this under the wolfs shirt, but I am sure you could stuff a black garbage bag with clothes or grocery bags and use this as well to plump him up.
Muahaha he’s done, he’s fiiinnally done “It’s Alive.. It’s Alive, It’s Alive, It’s ALIVE!!!!” Ok, he’s not really alive, but all the kiddos will think he is! I’m actually being serious….I had tons of kids ask if there was a man underneath, that was going to pop up and scare them! Maybe next year kiddos, maybe next year…
If he’s too scary for your kids, just pop some glasses on him, like this and instantly he’s a cute werewolf! Haha
We named him “Wolfie” but he’s less scary with a name. I would truly love to see photos of your Werewolf creations, so please send me photos!