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glynislily
« on: December 01, 2008 05:36:17 PM »

So two years ago my mom and I came up with this great idea (thanks to someone else's awesome Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween decorations) to make a "life-sized" Jack Skellington.  So last Halloween we bought a bunch of PVC piping and joints, fabric, a basket ball, and used an action figure I have as the scaled model.  After a lot of fabric paint pin stripes and a lot of frustration we have a giant Jack.  He is 9ft tall if he stood up straight and is the most difficult Halloween/Christmas decoration ever.  At least he looks awesome.  After years of lurking on Craftsters I finally felt like I had something cool enough to post.

I finally did a tute.  I'm sorry it took like a year to do and some of you wanted to make one yourself.  I'm just a little irresponsible when it comes to getting things done.  I mean Jack is sitting naked and headless in my garage and it's almost Halloween.

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http://www.mediafire.com/file/woj1zjooymq/PA260288.JPG





This year I bought a boring inflatable ghost and gave him a face transplant to create a really big Oogie Boogie.  If you ever replace fabric on a inflatable yard thing make sure the fabric will hold air!  If it doesn't just buy clear fabric paint and paint the back of the fabric with a really thick coat.




Then I felt motivated enough to paint Zero's doggy crypt.


Now I just have to figure out what to do next year.  I am also working on a Sandy Claws outfit for Jack so he can be outside during Christmas.

***UPDATE***
Wow!  I am really happy with the response I have gotten from this project and to see people love my Jack as much as I love him.  I dressed him up for Christmas and was going to post sooner but making a bunch of presents distracted me from posting.  

As requested here is a close up of Jack's face taken while he is sleeping in garage waiting for to go back into his little box.



And here is some pictures of Sandy Claws in the yard for Christmas.  Hopefully next year I can make/paint a scene that looks like Christmas Town.




(we forgot the belt but added it later.  Ooops.)





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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2008 05:44:59 PM »

Oh wow great job!!
They all look so fun Cheesy

Definitely post pics if you make jack a sandy claws outfit!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2008 06:01:22 PM »

wow these are awesome and I am jealous!  Very nice work!
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008 06:51:39 PM »

Wowie wow wow!  This rocks!  This makes me want to go buy a house so I can have something this cool outside!
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008 06:52:38 PM »

WOWWW! That is so awesome.
Are you worried that they'll get stolen, though? In my neck of the woods, cool lawn stuff gets swiped sometimes  Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2008 07:07:14 PM »

You have made the most awesome decorations EVER!

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2008 09:38:37 PM »

This rocks!  If I saw this on someones lawn I would be SO happy  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2008 10:29:00 PM »

Thanks guys!  I am so happy that so many people think it is cool and not insane. 

I am not so worried about it being stolen because it would be really hard to take it in one piece (I am still working out stability issues.).

If everything works out I will probably have Sandy Claws done in a week (hopefully) so I will post that when I am done.
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009 11:25:57 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2009 08:41:59 AM »

Thats incredible!  I totally want one!

Could you give us some close-ups of Jack?  Especially his cute face?
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2009 08:49:10 AM »

That is really impressive. Well done you!
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2009 09:58:20 AM »

Congrats!!

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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2009 10:35:19 AM »

This is the best yard decoration ever!  You did a great job.  Revamping an existing inflatable was a good idea.  Everything looks just perfect!
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009 04:16:52 PM »

This is AWESOME!!!!
I wished I had a 9 feet tall Jack =]
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« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2009 07:53:02 PM »

That is amazing.  I made my brother a Jack jack o lantern this Halloween-he would love this.  You said that making Jack was frustrating.  What would you do differently if you did it again?

Please post if you add anything else.  Amazing!
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2009 05:56:12 AM »

Oh man, these are *epic*. I want a giant Jack now!
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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2009 08:58:27 PM »

I absolutely love your Jack and was wondering what size of PVC pipe you used. I would love to make one, possibly smaller. You did a fantastic job.
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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2009 05:17:13 PM »

this is awesome, the year before i joined marching band their show was nightmare before christmas, they painted a huge backdrop and made a giant jack it was amazing and part of the reason i joined the next year!
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2009 10:11:28 PM »

Great job!  Just wondering if you had any instructions or vague measurements that you used?  I'm looking to make my own (should be ready for Christmas, if I start now...hopefully...)
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« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2009 08:10:11 AM »

awe - now that i've picked my jaw up from the floor in amazement - bravo! I WANNA TUTE!;) I do, though, in all honesty, I won't be able to get into a project like this and able to display him in all his glory for sometime, but when I do - I'll be back! Smiley Great job! Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2009 08:05:21 AM »

OMG!  That is too cool!  I love that movie!  You are very creative!  Disney could use you!
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« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2009 10:15:14 PM »

I love your decorations.... I have always wanted to build a giant jack for halloween.


Can I come live at your house?
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« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2009 07:41:32 AM »

Holy effin' crap, that's awesome!!! I bow before the glory that is a 9 ft. Jack!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2009 02:07:17 PM »

that is awesome!! my online friend has one of the jack skeleton life size dolls, she would love that! have you tried a scare crow yet? hehe
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These decorations are amazing!
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« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2009 09:06:27 PM »

UNBELIEVABLY COOL! Wow I wish I lived on your block just so I could drive by and see him!
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« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2009 09:49:38 AM »

I love it!!!
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« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2009 02:26:42 PM »

You are my hero! These are the BEST!
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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2010 04:56:03 PM »

I LOVE this!  It is so clever and fun.  If I saw this in someone's yard, I would ring their doorbell and ask them to be my friend.  Rock on!!
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« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2010 12:08:27 AM »

Thank you for posting this amazing prop and tutorial.  My husband & I are attempting to construct this for this years Halloween.  You did an amazing job on all of the decorations.  VERY talented.
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« Reply #30 on: October 20, 2010 08:03:53 PM »

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« Reply #31 on: October 26, 2010 08:09:49 PM »

These are fantastic! You've inspired me to get out there and decorate this Halloween.
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« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2011 12:24:25 AM »

I wish we went all out for Halloween over here, just for an excuse to make one of these!
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« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2011 08:29:01 AM »

Bravo! This is wonderful. I wish I had trick or treaters on my street. I'd decorate with Jack and the others. Must be stunning in person.  Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2011 08:13:11 AM »

This is awesome; thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2011 06:31:24 AM »

Thanks for the great post and the tutorial!!! I am currently working on my Jack trying to get him done for next weeks trick or treat! I'm following your tutorial. I will post pics when done!
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