I love Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas! For Halloween one year, I really wanted to make some NMBC characters and props from the movie. I couldn't find many examples, or really ANY help online...so I'm posting this to help/give others who are interested some ideas...good luck
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Dog House Grave Stone Tutorial
This is a tutorial on how to make Zero's dog house from the movie Nightmare Before Christmas. In the movie, Zero is a ghost dog, so his home is, what else? A tomb stone in a grave yard! This is how I made it...
(Description corresponds with picture tutorial above)
*1a. Step one is always look at a reference picture, get your scale, measurements & a plan.
1b. Cut two identical pieces of foam in the doghouse shape. This will give the dog house more depth by stacking the foam. You will cut the door into the top piece, the second piece will only show through the door cut out. Cut a Zero shaped head and cross bones from foam as well. Glue them together with caulk. Let it dry.
2. Cut cardboard to use for the roof. It should be slightly wider than the foam roof, and overhang ( like a real roof). Also use three cardboard strips to make the covering for the apex of the roof. Use screws and a drill to quickly and easily attach the cardboard to the foam roof.
3. There is also a 1" cardboard lip that runs the length of the front edge of the roof (eaves). These were cut, dry fit, trimmed, and glued into place.
4. Use an Exacto blade and carve the name "ZERO" over the door opening.
5. Make roof shingles. To make shingles, cut a long strip off of the pink foam board about 2.5/3" wide.
Round two edges of the strip with a knife and sand them smooth, making a horse shoe/domed strip. Now slice thin pieces off ( like slicing a loaf of bread). Repeat until you have enough shingles to cover the roof. Use a gob of caulk on each shingle and stick it too the cardboard roof. start at the bottom and overlap/stagger your way up the roof. Use caulk to fill any holes or unwanted gaps that are visible.
6. Sand any imperfections on house with a fine sandpaper.
7. Patch any holes, imperfections, & seams in the foam with caulk
8. Cut a cross from foam, and sand it a little. Attach cross. You can use glue. I was able to screw upward through the roof overhang into the cross making it very sturdy.
9. Prime. I used flat grey interior wall paint that was in the garage.
10. -Paint black details ("ZERO" , door opening, Zero's eye sockets).
-Paint roof with a wash of black paint and water ( may need two coats)
-Using a dry brush technique, age and antique the rest of the dog house so it doesn't look so bright