Monday, May 17, 2010

Zero the Ghost Dog

You can now purchase a premade Zero in my shop HERE.

While looking at the invites for Jeremy's party, my husband jokingly suggested that I make a "Zero" decoration. I couldn't get the idea out of my head so I finally decided to give it a try and came up with this:


For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nightmare Before Christmas, Zero is Jack Skellington's ghost dog. Here is the picture that I referred to while I was making it:


It's not perfect but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! It actually looks more like Zero than I thought it would.


In case you ever need to make your own Zero, here is a basic rundown of how I did it:

For the head, I drew out the profile on a sheet of paper until I was happy with it. Then I cut this shape out of two pieces of white fabric, sewed them together leaving the neck open, turned it inside out, stuffed it and sewed the neck onto a 24"x24" piece of white fabric.

For the ears, I cut out the basic ear shape then hot glued 24 gauge wire all around the edge with the fabric wrapped around the wire a bit to cover it. I left about 1" of wire sticking out at the base of the ear and stuck it into the head I had made and then hot glued the ear to the head to make sure it stayed in place. I then bent the ear wire into my desired shape.

Finally, I glued on black felt for the eyes and a large orange pom pom for the nose. Then I sewed on a thread to hang it from the ceiling and threads on the back three corners that I taped to the walls.

11 comments:

Vicky said...

And what does the little guy think of it, or is it a surprise? You are going to have the hottest ticket in town for this super cute party you are planning. I think you made a perfect replication of Zero!

Megan @ polishthestars.com said...

Thanks! He knows all about it and keeps wanting to give Zero hugs! Hopefully the poor dog will survive until Saturday. :)

MJ said...

This is fantastic!!! I looove Zero the dog :) Well done you! :)

Maggie said...

Megan - that is awesome!!! You did a fantastic job.

Megan @ polishthestars.com said...

Thank you all so much! It was a fun project and definitely added a lot to the decor.

Nikki said...

I just googled Nightmare themed parties and found NOTHING I could buy. Your site is awesome! So glad you posted your pics! I have a ton of ideas now for my 3 year old's birthday, since she's been begging for this theme.

real indiana housewife said...

This is sooooo awesome!!! I wish I would have found this last year so I could have put it in my Halloween wedding!!!

gramkrackerhan said...

Hi! This is my first time checking out your site, but I love it! My bf and I have been browsing the gallery and came across Zero. He loves Nightmare Before Christmas, and so now we will be making this.

When you have time check out my site :) I have a few paintings up that you might enjoy!

Natalie Natalie said...

This is so awesome!!! I've gotta try it! :D

Sol Torres said...

thank you for the idea.. myself and my friend created my son's nursery and we included your idea.. Visit my blog to view :)

Sol Torres said...

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