In this post, we’re going to show you how to make a quick and inexpensive Cousin Itt Halloween Prop! He’s family-friendly and looks great, but he won’t scare the little ones!
If I had a dollar for every time Greg wanted to change his facial hair style, I would be richer than Bill Gates! This man just loves playing with his face. One month you’ll see him like this…
…and the next month he’ll be like this…
…and then a month after he’ll be like this!
Ooops – I must have mixed-up the pictures. Hahaha :-D. No, the squirrel on his face didn’t grow that far yet – and thank god it didn’t! LOL.
If you ever watched The Addams Family, you may recognize the one in the last picture: Cousin Itt – or should I say, our version of it (no pun intended :-D). I used to watch The Addams Family when I was a teen, and I really loved that TV show. Hence, at the beginning of this year when Greg had that squirrel camping on his face, he took me right back to Thursday evenings of my teen years. Good old days… anyway… that is why I thought I should make a Cousin Itt as this year’s “Greg-inspired Halloween project.” 😉
I know what you are thinking, but really trust me, this one is much better than last year’s “Greg inspired Halloween project” – hahaha 😀 If you didn’t check that one out yet please do so you’ll know why I say that this one is much better. LOL.
Ok, I think I’d better stop yapping, as I am sure you want to know how I made him, right? Cool! Let’s gather the supplies then, shall we?
Cousin Itt Supplies List
- Rafia/grass table skirting – I used two of these because I wanted our prop to be tall and full looking. If you use just a tall tomato cage and no floor lamps to make your prop taller, then only one table skirting should be enough. Here is a hint: Dollar Store hula skirts work just as well and they are much cheaper 😉
- A tomato cage
- Hot glue
- an old pair of sunglasses – if you don’t have an old pair, you can buy one from the Dollar Store like I did, or you can get this from Amazon.
- Derby hat – I bought mine from our local thrift store, but if you can’t find one, you can try these from Amazon.
- A pair of pliers
- An old floor lamp – as you can guess, this is optional. You see, my tomato cage was a small one, so I used a Put & Take find floor lamp to make my Cousin Itt look taller. But obviously you can achieve that with other things you may have at home, like a stool or maybe a taller tomato cage. 😉
First, I took the old cables out of the floor lamp.
Next, I spray painted the floor lamp to a lighter color, so it wouldn’t be as visible behind the grass skirt it was going to carry.
I let the paint dry for a day. The next day, I started working on the tomato cage. I turned the tomato cage upside down, and using a pair of pliers, I bent the wires inwards to turn them into hooks.
Once I bent them all, I hooked the tomato cage to the lamp base as shown in the picture below. This was only to lift the tomato cage from the floor and give the whole thing a bit more height. If you don’t have an old floor lamp, you can stand your tomato cage on a small stool, or you can use a taller tomato cage. 😉
Now we are getting to the real action: once my tomato cage was lifted from the floor, I started hot gluing the grass skirting to the second support ring on the tomato cage. I skipped the first support ring, as it was too close to the ground.
With the top part, the process was no different than before. I just kept hot gluing the grass skirting until I had none left.
Once I finished creating the main body, it was time to dress him up, so first I put his sunglasses on.
Then I put on his Derby hat, and with that, he was ready to go out in public. 🙂
Are you ready for the beauty shots?? Wow, look at him – he is fast! He already found a good looking lady to accompany him. Hahaha 😀
Ok, maybe it isn’t what I think it is… Looking at these whole set of beauty shots once again, I think Greg is up to some mischief – LOL.
Skele-yap: Hey babes?! Come here, so I can show you how I want you to do this new project.
Cousin Itt: Crap. In a bit my babes! I’m still busy with the thousand other projects you already gave me!
Skele-yap: But babes, this is really important! Now, you know how you made that planter? Well, I want this one to look like that, but also a bit shorter and yada yada yada blah blah blah…
Cousin Itt: [Slaps himself. Pinches himself] Why haven’t I woken up? This is a dream, right? A nightmare? Oh crap, it’s real! Run!
Skele-yap: My babes – where are you going? We didn’t talk about the details yet! Look, now, if we do blah blah blaaaaahh…
Cousin Itt: I’m just gonna go stand over there. Too much sun over here – don’t worry, I’m still listening! Yeah, right. Tuning out in 3…2…1…
Skele-yap: [keeps detailing the project] blather, blather, blather, yammer, yammer, yammer…
Cousin Itt: Dangit, why won’t this old bat just shut the heck up?
Skele-yap: [constant yapping]
Cousin Itt: If I ignore her, will the yammering just go away? Maybe I should run and hide.
The Eyeball: Dude – you’re done for! There’s no running from her. Why do you think I’m just hanging here? If I don’t move, she won’t see me!
Cousin Itt: The eyeball is right. Maybe if I stand still, she’ll think I’m a statue, and she’ll go away!
Skele-yap: [Noise. Non-stop noisy noise]
Cousin Itt: If she just stopped jawboning for five minutes to make me a dry martini, this whole “I have a project for you” thing might be a little more bearable!
The eyeball: You need a good hiding spot – run, dude, run!
Cousin Itt: [thinking voice] Crap! Where can I hide? Where can I hide?
Skele-yap: [words words words – a never-ending stream of words]
Cousin Itt: Think! Think, you grass-brain! Where to hide, where to hide?
Cousin Itt: A-ha! I know where to hide!
Cousin Itt: Phew! That was a close one! But this spot is great – she’ll never find me here, hehehe 😀
I hope you liked our version of Cousin Itt! Considering that I was inspired by Greg’s squirrel, our Cousin Itt actually turned out pretty cute, right? No wonder Skele-yap was all over him. Hahahaha 😀
Oh before you leave, I also want to show you Greg’s Hanging Cage Halloween Prop. He made these hanging cages using Dollar store supplies and in less than an hour (including paint drying time.) So if you are looking for an inexpensive and easy Halloween project, these hanging cages might be the perfect choice for you. Click here or on the picture below to see how Greg made these cages!
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