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Nightmare Before Christmas Trunk or Treat Lock, Shock, and Barrel Figurines: Barrel Instructions


So in the last two articles I gave you instructions on creating your very own Lock and Shock figurines that I made as a collection for my Trunk or Treat display later this month.  Today I will give you step by step instructions for completing this Trio for in home decoration that would be great as a centerpiece or your very own Trunk or Treat build.  He actually was the most fun to create and I hope that you all like him too!

Materials Needed:

  • Small Styrofoam Ball (found at the dollar store)
  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Shish Kabob Skewers
  • Foam Art Sheets (found at the dollar store)
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • Lime Green Acrylic Paint
  • Dark Green Acrylic Paint
  • Air Drying Clay
  • Black Felt
  • White Felt
  • Glue Gun and Glue Stick (the dollar store sells the glue sticks)
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife
  1. Cover a thin layer of the air drying clay over the outside of the Styrofoam ball, adding slightly more on one side where you will score with your X-Acto knife to add texture for his hair.  Use your X-acto knife or toothpick round out his eye sockets, nostrils and draw exaggerated teeth.  Set aside and let dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying time.
  2. Roll out small circles for his eyes just big enough to fit his eye sockets, hands, and feet.  Set aside to  dry or put in the microwave to speed up drying time (on the lowest power setting to minimize cracking).  Once dried paint the hand and feet dark green.  Glue the eyes into the socket and paint a black dot for the pupils on each eye.
  3. Cut a TP tube to the length of the torso you are looking for and cut out a rounded piece of foam art to glue to the inside end of the TP tube and hot glue to the inside.
  4. Cover the outside of the tube in black felt securing with hot glue.
  5. Break off skewers long enough for his arms and legs, cover each one with 2-3 layers of foam art gluing in place with hot glue, and then cover the outside with black felt.
  6. Cut out bone shapes for his arms, legs and chest as shown in the picture and glue into place.
  7. Cut the arms at the top at an angle and hot glue the arms and legs into place.
  8. Once the head is dry, glue onto the body and paint eye socks black and nostrils. Lightly add some black onto the back of his hair to add a textured look.
  9. Paint the teeth yellow and his hair green.

Now you have the instructions for your Lock, Shock, and Barrel figurines of your very own!  I hope this helps you create a lasting Halloween decoration that you can use as a table decoration or for your next Trunk or Treat!  Come back tomorrow for instructions on creating your very own Zero mini figure and his dog house, because let’s face it – Zero is too much fun to not add to your spooky display.  Don’t forget to check out my other Nightmare Before Christmas posts for instructions on Jack Skellington and my awesome spooky tree with skeletons.  Happy Halloween and crafting!



Working mother with a toddler that inspired me to give crafting a try and suddenly I fell in love with the Hobby and I am determined to help others find this joy too!

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