L.M.Reid is an Irish writer who makes prize-winning Halloween decorations. Learn how to make them from scratch at home.
How to Make a Pennywise Halloween Decoration
Pennywise is the clown from IT that terrorizes and kills the children. He made a perfect addition to my Halloween display in the yard this year. His face is really evil-looking, so even the children who are too young to have seen the film will be scared.
Here I've listed step-by-step instructions with plenty of photos so you can make him too. I bought a great rubber clown face and turned him evil with paint. Everything else was bought secondhand in Goodwills and other thrift shops.
- A good quality clown mask
- A clown outfit
- 2 skeleton arms and hands
- Plastic bags/bubble wrap/plastic wrapping
- Any colour paint—enough to cover the outfit
- Grey paint
- Red paint
- Yellow paint
- Black paint
- 2 cans of spray varnish paint
- Large tube of strong glue
- Sewing thread
- Old pair of shoes
- Old newspaper
- A mug of flour
- Large plastic cover
- Sewing needles
How to Make the Pennywise Clown Face
It would be way too expensive to buy a licensed Pennywise mask. So I bought one that was very similar and painted in the bits to make it more like him in IT.
- Lay the mask out flat on top of a protective sheet.
- Paint over the markings over its eyes with red paint.
- Put some black paint on the teeth to make them stand out more.
- Use black paint to touch up the cracks in the face to make it scarier and evil-looking.
- Allow all the paint to dry completely.
How to Stuff the Clown Face Mask
- Use glue to cover the inside of the mask.
- Take a few bits of the plastic stuffing and place them inside the mask up against the edges.
- Add some plastic filling into a small bag.
- Make a few of these.
- On the outside of these, add some glue and place inside the mask until full.
- Take one larger piece of plastic and cover the inside in glue.
- Place this piece securely on the outer part of the mask.
I know plastic bags and bubble wrap can be expensive. If friends and family do not have any spare to give you, then there is a cheaper way. You can fill the plastic bags with some paper, but make sure to tie them securely inside. You have to protect them from the rain.
How to Make the Pennywise Costume
It is way too expensive to buy one online, so here are some step-by-step instructions with plenty of my own photos for you to follow so you can make your own. Look in all the charity, goodwill, and thrift shops during the year. You will find a costume that you can adapt to what you want.
As you can see from my photos, I bought a top and trousers that were ideal. I then bought lots of skirts and tops with frills on them to make up the Pennywise outfit. Nothing was more than 50c each.
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- Cut off all the frilly bits from the clothes you bought.
- Lay out the main part of the top and trousers.
- Have a photo of the outfit of Pennywise and place the frills accordingly.
- Sew each piece onto the outfit. This does take time, but it is well worth the effort.
How to Stuff the Trousers
- Sew the bottom of the trousers together loosely so that you still keep the shape.
- Stuff them using the same method as above that you used for the face.
- Make sure to add glue to the inside of the trousers before you start to stuff them.
- Sew a piece of cloth into the waist of the trousers to stop the stuffing from being exposed.
How to Make the Pom Poms
- Cut out two pieces of cardboard with a hole in the middle.
- Put them together and wrap either wool or material around them.
- Pull in the middle with a piece of wool and tie a knot to keep it together.
- Paint with red paint.
- Allow to dry.
- Sew them onto the costume top.
How to Stuff the Top
- Stuff this part of the costume with plastic from the bottom up.
- Use the same method as above for the main body of the top.
- When it is stuffed, sew a piece of material to the bottom of the top very loosely so keep the shape.
- Stuff with plastic bags loosely.
- Take your two skeletal hands and glue them generously.
- Place them into the sleeves and press down until they stick to the outfit.
- Continue to stuff until they look like arms.
How to Make the Clown Water Proof
He will be outside in your front yard Halloween display, so you need to get him weatherproof.
- Lay down your protective sheeting.
- Spray paint both parts of the outfit with clear varnish.
- Allow to dry.
- Turn it over and spray paint the rest.
- Allow to dry.
- Use a large brush to paint the whole outfit on one side.
- Any colour will do. This is just the undercoat. I used leftover paint from my house.
- Allow to dry.
- Turn over and paint the rest the same colour.
Once it is all dry, you will be left with the clown outfit, which is hard to the touch. This is the effect that you want.
Finish Off Painting the Clown Costume
The Pennywise Clown from IT has a grey outfit. So this is the colour you need to finish of f the top coat with.
- Paint on both sides with the grey paint as above.
- Leave to dry completely.
- Use the varnish spray paint on the whole thing as above.
How to Make the Shoes
- Make some glue by adding two parts water to one part of all-purpose baking flour. I used mugs to make the amount I needed to cover the shoes.
- Mix together until all the lumps are gone.
- Tear up some old newspaper into bits.
- Take a pair of old shoes you do not use anymore.
- Place the newspaper, which is covered in glue, on top of the shoes. Continue with this method until the paper mache has covered the shoes.
- Allow to Dry.
- Paint the shoes any colour you want to make them look like a clown.
- Allow it to completely dry.
- Spray paint with clear varnish.
- Allow it to dry.
How to Display Pennywise the Evil Clown
I am not attaching the bottom, top, and head together so that when Halloween is over, I will be able to store it away easier. I made a coffin that I am putting him in. There are two reasons for this.
- It is easier than making something that will allow the clown to stand up in the yard safely.
- I can securely attach it to the coffin, which is wooden and very heavy, so that it will not be stolen from my display.
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