Building Voldemort

He Who Must Not Be Named Image Jennifer D.
Wandering through the aisles of my local craft warehouse, I came across a styrofoam head. My daughter immediately said, “Hey, that looks like Voldemort!”  Ah ha. My Harry Potter festivities would not be complete without a Voldemort. So into the basket went the head and into overdrive went my brain trying to figure out how to make this work. The easy part was decorating the head. I found a picture of He Who Must Not Be Named online and set to work drawing those lovely blue veins he has all over his head. I then cut his nose off with a knife and drew his famous snake nostrils. Next, I colored his eyes red and put snake like pupils in them. It was sufficiently creepy, but he had no body. Having never made a full size body for Halloween, I had not idea where to start. Then I stumbled across King’s Home Halloween Party Ideas. She had some fabulous ideas and responded to my email with even more great ideas. With her help, I came up with this for his body. Here is what you will need:

Decorate the head as described above. Next, straighten the hook on the wire hanger. My head had a hole in the bottom, but it was too big for the hanger wire so it wouldn’t stay on. I used duct tape to build up the wire and then crammed the head on until it was secure. Next I took the pool noodle and cut it with a utility knife so that the hanger bottom would fit inside. This will be his shoulders. I then duct taped the noodle to the hanger to help it stay on. I then cut several long lengths of fishing line and attached them to the hanger in various points to hold him up. Next, I found the middle of a black sheet and cut a hole big enough for the head to fit through. Of course, then the hole was too big and kept slipping off. So I used the black duct tape to tape the sheet around his neck. I haven’t actually tried to hang him with the fishing line, but it should work, right?

Moldy Voldy Image Jennifer D.
Now that he is done, I have had him in my closet. My husband has taken it upon himself to scare me to death with moldy Voldy several times now. The first time I was coming in the back door and it looked like a man standing there. Just this afternoon, he had You Know Who peeking through the window shade at me. I think I am going to have to hide it from him before he gives me a heart attack.

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