I absolutely love the Halloween Crafting Season. When I think about it, I really don’t care so much about Halloween day; it’s all about the season for me! October is my favorite month of the year. The weather is cooler, the leaves are falling and there’s pumpkin spice all around, yay! We’ll, it’s almost October and I’m excited to share some of the details behind the prop making for our Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Party. So let’s get started!
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Nightmare Before Christmas Party Props – Behind the Scenes
Most of the time, us bloggers are creating parties months ahead of time when the seasonal items aren’t even in the stores yet. So, I often have to create my own props and decorations to match the themes. And sometimes I need a helping hand from my Husband for the really awesome stuff. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my husband has a couple of 3D Printers which he uses to create a lot of my party props along with his growing collection of movie memorabilia. Since 3D printing takes HOURS and in most cases, DAYS to print; my husband started printing a few items for my Nightmare Before Christmas party back in July. We also needed to make sure I had plenty of time to paint and embellish the props. If you didn’t know, 3D printing is a very extensive process. My husband has big scale printers, and it takes a lot of data mining and patience to troubleshoot print issues. But when the print comes out, it’s amazing!
You can learn more about one of the printers we have HERE. (P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about 3d printing, leave a comment. I may be able to get the hubby to guest post with his recommendations.) You can find a ton of free 3D print files online on sites like Thingiverse to create for personal use. Many of which are created as fan art and are not to be sold.
Jack Skellington Bust
I lost count on how many hours this project took. But it came out perfect and looked great on our party table on top of a stack of themed presents.
This is what the project looked like right after the print job was complete. Jack is printed in Hatchbox PLA 3D Filament in White.
And this is the ready to paint version after all the support was removed. I left Jack’s head white and just painted the black accents using a paint marker. I added the stripes using a white paint marker. You can find the 3D print file and attribution HERE.
I don’t have any in progress pics of Zero but here he is all complete. He was scaled larger than the original file and is also printed in Hatchbox PLA 3D Filament in White. My husband printed his nose in Orange PLA and the collar in Red PLA and assembled it with Model Glue. You can find the 3D print file and attribution HERE.
I had wanted to recreate a scene from the Haunted Mansion Holiday Ride at Disneyland for my party. Which meant I needed lots of Jack style presents with skull toppers. I found these free Nightmare Wrapping Paper digital images by Tim Baker and printed them on large format wrapping paper. I also printed one of the designs from the Hale Grafx Free Digital Paper Pack. My husband then 3D printed several skull toppers in different sizes in the White PLA and I added black accents with a paint marker. Don’t they look fab? You can find the 3D print file and attribution HERE.
For some presents, I added ribbon that I made with Plastic Straws and others I cut an image from the Nightmare Before Christmas Cricut Collection and my Cricut Maker.
My husband also made an Oogie Boogie Cake Topper and the iconic swirly hill Jack stands on, but you’ll have to go see the full party post to see those. 😉 Be sure to check out my tutorial for Jack’s Naughty or Nice List!
Well, that’s it! I love my new props and they are the perfect addition to my Halloween Decorations. I hope you found this behind the scenes tour of our prop making process interesting. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes!
Happy Crafting and God Bless!
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Did you print the wrapping paper at home or was it done somewhere else? Love it!!
Thank you! I had it printed. But you can print it at home!