Marvin the Mummy and Friends

Marvin the Mummy and Friends
Halloween Crafts - Marvin the Mummy and Friends
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This cute mummy is constructed from cardboard tubes and sits atop some decorated wooden blocks. A fun craft for Halloween that makes a great display! This mummy is named Marvin due to his resemblance to Marvin the Martian.

You will need

For this project I used:
Three 4" wooden blocks
Halloween themed card stock
Black card stock
decoupage medium
2 toilet paper tubes
Toilet paper
2" wooden ball (or styrofoam)
Fabric scraps
Small amount of fiberfill
2 wooden Halloween cut outs from Michaels
Small piece of heavy gauge wire
Acrylic Paint

What you do

Cut out 4" squares of the Halloween themed card stock and using decoupage medium, put them on all sides of the blocks.

I then cut the word "Boo" out of the black card stock. Vinyl lettering is a good substitute here, but I'm a cheapskate, so I cut my own letters. Then use the decoupage medium to glue those letters onto the blocks.

Using a dry brush and a bit of burnt sienna acrylic paint, add brown to the edges on all sides to give it a deeper, warmer look. Just add some paint to your brush and brush it across some paper towels to get extra paint off, then lightly brush onto the block corners.

Use two cardboard tubes to make the frame for my mummy. Cut one roll lengthwise, then at about the 3" mark. Use hot glue to glue it back together, overlapping so that the circumference will better fit your 2" wooden head. (This is the mummy body). For arms, take the rest of that tube and cut two 4" x 1" pieces. Roll each lengthwise and glue along the seam. Bend each at the "elbow" and "wrist". Puncture two holes at the top of the body around the shoulder area and insert each arm, gluing with hot glue.

Using the second toilet paper tube, cut it lengthwise, then cut two 5" x 1" pieces for the legs. Roll each lengthwise and glue along the seams. Bend each at the knee and ankle. Glue them onto the bottom of the body. Finally, glue the 2" wooden ball to the top of the body, and paint the front of it black.

Now, take some toilet paper and cut it into 1/2" strips. Starting at one of the feet, wrap it around the foot and up the leg to the torso, tacking it here and there with hot glue. Do the same with the other leg, then up the torso and to the arms. Then wrap the head, leaving a section in the front open for the face.

With a leftover strip, carefully make a bow and then glue it under his chin. Now take your mummy buddy and glue him down to the top of the B block, positioning him comfortably. Paint the eyes in with acrylic paint.

To make fabric pumpkins, cut some fabric into 7", 5" and 4" diameter circles. With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch about 1/4" inch from the edge on the wrong side of the fabric. Gather the fabric, stuffing with fiberfill as you go, until the gathered edges meet. Tie it off. Using scraps from your second toilet paper tube, cut small 1/2" x 1/8" strips and roll them to make stems. Glue them onto the top of the pumpkins.

I used a wooden cut out of a bat and a cat, and painted them both black. Place the cat and several pumpkins on the first "O" block and glue them down.

Drill a small hole in the second "O" block about 2" from the front on the right side. Cut about 8" of heavy gauge wire and wrap it around a pencil to form loops. Cut another scrap of toilet paper tube to glue down on the back side of the bat. Glue on the side edges to create a "pocket" for the wire. Glue the wire into the hole in the block and into the pocket of the bat. Adjust for the best effect.


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