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Note: This is a repost of an old tutorial whose links to pictures were broken with the software update at HF.

Got these terrific tentacle arms from Fright Props but needed two things to make them work for our haunt. First, they needed to be hangable. Second, they had to be extended another 3 feet to be long enough to hang from the 13' ceilings in the garage so they'd be scary. The plan was to have five of them in a tight part of the haunt and the little ToTs had to touch them to go around. To make it even more intimidating - they were painted in fluorescent paint, two were rotating slowly on mirror ball motors and one was attached to a pull string that I'm holding in another room. Just when they think that the arms won't attack them the string gets pulled and WAP! they get bumped. Muh ha ha ha....




For fun - here's how they looked fresh from FrightProps and set-up to surprise the hubby when he came home:




As usual, this tutorial is much easier to follow if you watch the video first:



OK, let's get started...

Materials List:
Tentacle: https://www.frightprops.com/tentacle-0745.html
22" of 14 gauge hanger wire
14" of 16 gauge hanger wire
1/8 can of Great Stuff
(optional) foamboard glue
(optional) misc. thicknesses of scrap pink foam
(optional) fluorescent paint
29" length of 1/2" PVC
Split ring
39" metal plumber's tape
Dozens of small zip ties
Some string
40" x 40" black landscape fabric
Bag each of black and gray creepy cloth
35" x 15" burlap cut into three strips
Plastic Spanish moss
(optional) mirror ball motor
(optional) clothesline
(optional) eye hook

Tool List:
Scissors
Needle nose pliers
(optional) airbrush or paint brushes
(optional) The Blob stencil: https://www.amazon.com/Artool-Freehand-Airbrush-Templates-Blob/dp/B000O8KRXS
Serrated knife
Drill with 1/8" drill bit



Bend Wire (picture 1): Take 14 gauge hanger wire and mash one end of it so it has lots of swirls and coils that will help it anchor into the Great Stuff.

Hallow Out (picture 2): Hallow out the center of the tentacle about a foot deep. Try to keep the top of the tentacle's foam intact so there's like a lip that will help hold in the Great Stuff.



Fill with Great Stuff: Lash the tentacle to your workbench so the cavity is upright. Spray Great Stuff inside the cavity in layers so you allow a bit of time for it to expand. The Great Stuff will take a few days to cure depending on how much was put in there. By the way, this process will work for most foam-filled latex props that have no mounting hardware.



(Optional)
Create Mouth (picture 1): Cut out a shape in the foam that would look like a gaping maw. Shape and glue some teeth being sure that the teeth are set away from the center. That will allow the fabric draping in the next steps to not get caught on the teeth. If the teeth are long you can insert a piece of hanger wire into the end and stab into the foam mouth to give it a better attachment while the glue dries.

Paint Mouth (picture 2): Paint the mouth however you like. For this one it was base painted in black and then airbrushed in fluorescent colors. The Blob stencil was used to give it an organic look.

Cool Fluorescent colors (picture 3): This is how it looks under fluorescent light



Make PVC Extension (picture 1): Decide how much added length you need for your tentacle to be as long as you desire. The PVC here was cut to 29". Using the 1/8 drill bit, cut a hole in each end. Loop in a 7" piece of the smaller gauge wire and use needle nose pliers to twist and bend back so it creates a circle. Slide on a split ring and the hanging hardware is ready to go.

Prepare Tentacle and Attach PVC (picture 2): Use a serrated knife to cut off the excess of any Great Stuff still leaving a bit of a cap. Decide where the dead center of the tentacle is and bend the wire so you form a loop that is in that center. Take another 7" piece of the smaller gauge hanger wire and loop that through the other hole in the PVC and at the same time to the hook you just made in the tentacle. Use the needle nose pliers to twist it shut and tuck in the ends.



Make a Fabric Holder: Cut a 39" length of metal plumbers’ tape and zip tie it together so you get a nice ring. Take some string and tie to one end and directly opposite of that, tie it to the other side. On the opposite side do the same thing. Lift the ring to see where the dead center of the ring would be (the ring should be horizontal) and tie the two strings together using a zip tie or more string. Hang the ring on your ceiling hook and hang the tentacle underneath it from the same hook. Leave the tentacle up for the rest of the steps.



Gather your Materials (picture 1): Collect the black fabric, gray and black creepy cloth, burlap and moss.

Hang Fabric (picture 2): Prepare the landscape fabric by punching out holes at the very top. You can use a hole punch or nip little holes out using scissors. Climb up the step stool and wrap the fabric around the outside perimeter of the ring and zip tie in place lacing a zip tie though the holes in the fabric and the holes in the plumber's tape. Then tie off the bottom of the fabric so it is close but not touching the tentacle and taper it up so it gradually increasing in girth as it reaches up to the ring. Cut the excess fabric away.

Cut Fabric (picture 3): Cut the ends of the fabric so it'll have a more ragged organic look to it. Kind of like tentacle ends. Be careful not to let the end of the tentacle peek through.



Hang Black Creepy Cloth (picture 1): Just like the landscape fabric hang the creepy cloth from the ring. Zip tie it at the bottom and middle so it stretches completely around the tentacle. Cut off the excess creepy cloth from the bottom and save for later. Cut the hanging creepy cloth in strips leaving the very top intact. Do the same thing with the gray creepy cloth

Cut Strips (picture 2): Cut the excess creepy cloth into strips. Tie off each end of the strip so it won't unravel.

Hang Strips (picture 3): Hang those extra strips randomly on the tentacle. Hang it by the tied off end.



Hang Burlap: Cut the burlap into strips and also tie off one end. Cut the other end so it is free. Hang the burlap from the tied ends onto the tentacle. Pull off all the horizontal netting so you get hanging vertical strings.



Hang Moss: Most plastic mosses have attachment ends so you can create a big long string of it. Do that so you end up with about 5 strings the length needed. Hang that off the tentacle and you are done decorating your monster.



Here's how the tentacles looked in the haunt after being painted fluorescent. The Blob stencil was also used to give the skin a great scaly look. If you wanted your tentacle tied off to a clothesline so you can hit ToTs with it... attach the string to the joint where the PVC meets the tentacle. Cut a hole in the landscape fabric higher up and lace the string through the hole and out the tentacle assembly. Lace the string through an eye hook mounted in the ceiling above and away from the tentacle. Now you've made yourself a fun pull string. heheh....


Thanks again for checking out this tutorial!
 
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