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Nightmare Before Christmas Duck : Craft Tutorial

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Nightmare Before Christmas Duck DIY

Time for another Halloween craft! I wanted to tryĀ and createĀ some of the Nightmare Before Christmas toys, starting with my favorite one: the scary toy duck. I worked on it here and there over months, but in reality it wouldn’tĀ have beenĀ very intensiveĀ if I’d done it all at once. It was a very fun project!


Nightmare Before Christmas Duck : Step by Step Tutorial

Since I couldn’t really find a method to make this online that resonated with me, I decided to start from scratch and make my Nightmare Before Christmas Duck.Ā (There’s a video, and this one, but neither were methods that I wanted to follow exactly). Once it was done, I thought it’d be good to share, so here we go!


Materials:

  • Clay
  • Scrap paper/cardboard
  • Flour for paste
  • 1 wooden dowel (for the neck)
  • Tape
  • 4 bottle caps (for the wheels)
  • Acryllic paint

Step 0: Reference Photos

I found a still shot of the duck from the movie, and based my Nightmare Before Christmas craft project off of that. Here it is below (this is NOT my final, this is a claymation version from the actual movie):

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Step 1: Paper Mache Body

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Bundle up some scrap paper into a duck body shape, and tape it up to make it smooth-ish. Then you want to paper mache that bad boy, until it’s solid.


Step 2: Clay Body

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Basically just cover the paper mache duck body in clay until it’s nice and smooth. Add the wings on the side, and before the clay dries, use a pencil to push bullet holes into the duck, as well as a hole for where his neck wooden dowel will go.

You also want to create a smooth round head out of clay (you can kinda see it on the right of the picture below). Be sure to add a pencil hole in that too, so it can plonk on top of the body when you’re ready.

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Step 3: Paint!

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Paint up that ducky! I usually start with white when I paint my projects, as it’s the easiest way to cover whatever color is underneath. Don’t forget the bullet hole blood. Put the head and body together using the wooden dowel.

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Step 4: The Mouth!

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Cut up some tall triangles for his teeth, and some rounded rectangle-type shapes for his beak. Then paintĀ them up.


Step 5: The Base

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UseĀ random cardboard and tape to create the base he’s sitting on. I left gaps in between the tape strips to give the illusion of wooden planks.

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TapeĀ up four bottle caps for the wheels. Paint both piecesĀ as closely as you can to the original version.

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And then attach it all with hot glue! The end!

The Final Product: My First of the Nightmare BeforeĀ Christmas Toys

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Here is the “original” compared to my craft duck. I think I did pretty ok!

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This wasĀ my first Nightmare Before Christmas craft, but it definitely won’t be my last!

Comments 3

  1. Almost perfect, except you forgot the pupils šŸ˜› It seems that you put screws through the bottle caps. How did you do that?

    1. Lucy Post
      Author

      Ha, it does look like I missed them! They are actually there in real lifeā€”I think they just disappeared in the photo when I brightened it during editing.

      And I actually used the tip of a hot glue gun to just melt a hole through the bottle caps, so I could slip the screws through šŸ™‚

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