AS A lifelong monster kid I can safely say that there is no such thing as a bad monster present. If it looks like Frankenstein, it’ll elicit a gasp. If it bears the likeness of Count Dracula, it will earn you undying gratitude. If it’s got anything at all to do with iconic monsters of the silver screen, it’s all good.
With that in mind, you can save some money and go the extra mile for your monster-loving friends this Christmas with handmade gifts that reflect their passion.
Here are some ideas.
LET’S BEGIN with the simplest one—a neat little Frankenstein’s Monster figurine made with exactly 53 Lego bricks. And of all the Universal Monsters, Flat-Top Frank is certainly best-suited to Lego’s blocky style.
This project was dreamed-up by an artist who goes by the name sherrycayheyhey, and you can find her plans at Instructables.com. The specific bricks you’ll need can be ordered for pennies apiece from Lego.
HERE’S AN idea that’s as practical as it is cool. These ornaments, designed by artist Jennifer Perkins, will look great on any monster lover’s Christmas tree. But as far as monster fans are concerned, they’ll look great anywhere all year ’round.
These ornaments are relatively simple and inexpensive to make, and the materials are easily obtained. You’ll find all the information you need, including instructions, at Treetopia.
EVERYONE RECOGNIZES the Wolf Man and Count Dracula, but only a diehard monster fan knows this bombastic baddie. His name is Ro-Man, and he’s the star of a 1953 cult classic entitled Robot Monster.
Why filmmakers thought to put a space helmet on a gorilla suit is anybody’s guess, but they did it, and they made B-movie history in the process. Now you can make gift-giving history by fashioning an iconic Ro-Man helmet from scratch, with step-by-step instructions from an artist named mdlmusic. He posted the plans at Instructables.com.
NOTE: If you want to really make an impression, throw-in the gorilla suit as a bonus.
IMAGINE the reaction when this guy is unwrapped! The sci-fi comedy Critters was released in 1986, and has gone on to become a minor cult classic. There isn’t a monster fan alive who wouldn’t want this in their collection.
Now, before you say this is out of your league artistically, check out the detailed instructions provided by artist makemyclay, and you might be surprised.
Question: What is it with these artists’ names?
GRAPHIC TEE SHIRTS are always a welcome gift. But for monster fans, graphic tee shirts sporting iron-on Mani-Yack monster designs are the stuff of dreams.
For the uninitiated, Mani-Yack was a line of iron-on transfers that were popular during the 1960s. Thanks to an artist named Jeff Carlson, the line has been resurrected, and expanded, to include just about every known monster under the sun. Check out the full collection at Carlson’s eBay store, where you’ll also find additional products—including embroidered patches, enamel pins, and stickers—featuring these designs.
Then get busy makin’ shirts!
NOTHING SAYS you care like a man-eating plant, especially one that’s been a star of stage and screen. This famous foliage doesn’t require much money or a high level of skill to make, but it will take time and effort. The results make for one heck of a conversation piece. Just don’t talk to the plant!
Artist craftydabbler offers step-by-step project direction at Instructables.com.
AND FINALLY we come to my favorite idea of the bunch, a magical monster moment captured in miniature, limited only by your imagination. I have no specific instructions for such a project, but the internet offers lots. You can go with plastic figures or printed pictures for subjects, and as for landscape, you may opt for live moss, plastic miniatures from a hobby shop, or some combination of both. Incorporate dramatic lighting with some cleverly-placed LEDs, and we’re talking next-level cool.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Wolf Man terrariums above were created by an artist named Megatone230. Don’t they make you want to create something? To see more of this artist’s outstanding work, visit his Etsy store.
And I found this Jurassic Park-inspired terrarium on a French language blog called Paradis Express. Check it out and you’ll be inspired yourself.
AND THERE you have it, seven cool gift ideas for monster kids of all ages. If you have an idea for a project of your own, drop me a line and maybe we’ll feature it on the site.