How to make a motion activated creepy girl out of PVC pipe like Samara, the girl from The Ring.
In this tutorial we are putting together a full size prop of a creepy girl, inspired by the Samara character in the movie The Ring. Perfect for your Halloween set-up or haunt. This is built with few and easy to find materials. Additionally, to make this prop really scary and effective, we will also make a motion activated strobe light that goes off when someone (trick-or-treater) approaches. She will be placed in a dark corner, that will be illuminated by the strobe light for a few seconds for that perfect scare. Be sure to check the video since it has very detailed instructions that are hard to write, as well as a demonstration of the final working prop.
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Materials and Tools:
For the Creepy Girl:
Night gown (sized for a 9-12 year old girl)
Black Latex paint (not spray)
For the motion sensor set up:
Carefully cut the PVC pipe into the following:
Shoulders: 2 pcs 5.5 inches long
Torso: 1 pc 14 inches long
Hips: 2 pcs 3.5 inches long
Legs: 2 pcs 30 inches long
Arms: 2 pcs 8 inches long
Forearms: 2 pcs 4 inches long
Neck: varies depending on the size of your wig head. This prop used a 2 inch piece.
Assemble the armature using the fittings as shown below:
Cut a piece of pool noodle the width of the shoulders and slice lengthwise. Slide over shoulders and make a hole on top for the neck (check the video for more detailed assembly). Use a knife and shave the far edges of the pool noodle to mimic the curvature or shoulders.
Cut 2 pieces of pool noodle about 7 inches long, slice lengthwise and fit over arms.
Cut a 2 foot piece of chicken fencing and make a cylinder with it. Slide over torso PVC and secure with zip ties. Flatten a bit so it’s an oval torso.
It will be very hard to dress this with hands attached, so dress the armature with the nightgown and roll up the sleeves and hold there temporarily. Adjust the gown until it looks like the body of a creepy girl!
Using duct tape, attach the skeleton hands on the forearm pieces. Adjust position of the hands until they look natural (as if any of this is natural…) Unroll sleeves.
Cut neck of wig head if too long. Then paint the whole wig head with black latex paint. Preferably use brush on paint. Spray paint has solvents in it (to keep the latex runny enough to spray) that will also dissolve the styrofoam of your wig head. Let dry and attach to armature with hot glue on the inside and duct tape on the outside. The hair from the wig will cover this joint, as well as the face.
Place wig on wig head with hair covering the face completely. If the wig is sparse, just install the wig backwards. At this point your creepy Samara girl is pretty much done. I will be hiding the feet and legs with pumpkins or leaves so I’m not making feet or shoes.
WARNING: CONSULT AN ELECTRICIAN IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ELECTRICITY!
For the motion sensor hack, cut an extension cord in half. Strip the wires. We will call one half side A and the other Side B.
Take one wire from side A, one wire from side B and the white wire on the motion sensor and twist them all together. Secure with a wire nut and firmly tape the connection with electrical tape or shrink wrap.
Take remaining wire from side A and attach to red wire from motion sensor. Wire nut and tape securely.
Take remaining wire from side B and attach to black wire from motion sensor. Wire nut and tape securely.
Set the motion sensor to test and turn off “dual brite” if available.
Place your creepy girl in an inconspicuous spot that is dark, preferably along a path. Connect plug to wall and on other end plug the strobe light. Hide the motion sensor where “victim” will walk by, a few feet before they reach where your prop is placed. Aim strobe at your super cool creepy girl and BOOM, you’re done! Congratulations!
Enjoy the screams of all your unsuspecting victims! This motion sensor set up can be used for a bazzillion other applications…get creative and enjoy!
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