troll horns tutorial

Troll Horns Tutorial

I could have sworn I put up this tutorial a while ago, but it appears I haven’t! Sorry you guys! BUT HERE IT IS!

Here, I am making Tavros horns, but you can use this method of any of the trolls! I think this is a wonderful method for all horns, especially larger ones since they come out so lightweight. I can barely even tell when I wear my Tavros horns!

I’d also like to give a HUGE thanks to Minion for helping with all of this!



  • Styrofoam Board
  • Crayola Model Magic
  • Anchors & Screws
  • Headband
  • Gesso Primer
  • Paint (Yellow, Orange, Red Orange)
  • Clear Gloss/Modgepodge
  • Paintbrush
  • A Sharpie
  • Sandpaper
  • Knife (sharp enough to cut styrofoam)
  • Water
  • A Drill
  • A screwdriver
  • Masking Tape (optional)

1) Make a paper cut out of the size/shape you would like the horns to be

2) Place against your head and look to see if it looks right

3) Then trace the shape into the styrofoam board

4) Now separate the shapes from the rest of the board

5) See?

6) Now separate the two

7) Now you have the bases! Well.. sort of. We still got some work to do.

8) First, cut off all of the excess foam

9) Now you’re going to sand down the rectangular edges to make it more rounded and smooth

10) Use a knife, if necessary, to cut off some larger pieces of foam

11) Now we have one base done! Remember, this is just the BASE. So, you may want to make it a little skinnier than what you want the final result to be.

12) Do the same with the second base, and VOILA! You have two foam bases!

13) Meanwhile, we started to drill the holes in the headband.  Also, this step doesn’t have to be done at this point, though, you can wait till later to do it, if you wish.

14) Here’s the headband with the holes. Make sure you get it right where you want it!

15) Now here is where we take the anchor…

16) And stick it into the base of the foam horns!

17) Now we get to putting the Model Magic over the foam! BUT- First you should knead the dough 

18) Now we roll the dough up into a coil

19) Now here is where you begin to wrap the dough around the horn

20) Keep wrapping!

21) Now, take some water and try to smooth it down as much as you can

22) Now we wait for the horns to dry! Smaller horns should only take a day or two to dry. But larger horns (like these) can take up to five days or a week to dry

23) Once they are done drying, take some sand paper and smooth them down!

24) All sanded!

25) Now we’re going to apply the Gesso Primer to help with filling in those cracks and helping the paint stick. Let them dry for about a day or two, then apply a second coat.

26) Once the gesso is done drying, you are ready for the painting! We started with painting the tips yellow. 

27) Now here is where things begin to get optional. If you like the colors when they are blended together, then proceed to do so. If you like the colors to be more like the drawings, then you’re like me. You’re going to wrap masking tape around the horn about where you want the next color to begin

28) Great! You have the orange all painted on!

29) Now what I’d suggest is, after they dry, adding one or two more layers of each color

30) Here’s another optional point.. This is where we added some detail by adding a little yellow stripe onto the orange portion

31) Stripey!

32) Now wrap more masking tape at the bottom of the horn for the red/orange paint and paint!

33) Now, after applying one or two more layers of red/orange, your horns are all painted!

34) Now, if you wish, take the clear gloss or Modgepodge and cover the horns with it

35) Now your horns are all glossy and awesome!

36) Now here is where you attach the horns onto the headband

37) Now your beautiful and majestic horns are done! HAVE FUN~

Simple Model Magic Homestuck troll horns tutorial

I’ve gotten a lot of people telling me that they like my horns, so apparently I’m not a total failure to the fandom after all. So since someone wanted to know, I figured I would share just how simple horns are to make. I’m making a pair of Vriska horns, since that’s what was asked for.

First the materials

Pretty simple, right? All you need is Model magic, and paint. The cut off part of the box of snacks is just a stiff mobile thing to use so the model magic doesn’t get dirty.

I turned it over for contrast, since white on white isn’t the best. You start by taking a blob of model magic, simple.

Slipt it up into two roughly even balls, one a little smaller than the other, then use a bit more to roll against the board, making the tips gradually thinner until they end as points. With that, just bend it unto a u shape like the top of Vriska’s horn.

Roll the two balls in such a way that they end up, the larger ball ends in a point, and the smaller one does not, and make sure you keep the lengths of both not the same, the smaller one should be shorter by about three inches maybe?

Take the longer one, and bend it about how I did there.

The next picture for currupted or something, I’m not even sure, but it’s pretty simple. Take the bent horn, and roll the new tip so it comes to a new point, but be careful not to let the bent over part touch the base of the horn, it could stick, and while some people may be fine with that, I’m more picky about that.

Then attach the u shape to the blunt tipped horn, if the model magic is sticky enough, it should stay with no help, but if it falls off, a little glue will work.

Next thing to do is wait and paint. Waiting is important, and I didn’t do that for these horns since I wanted to get this tutorial done as soon as I could. For the first few hours of waiting for them to dry, you want to flip them over regularly, or else the bottom side will flatten, or worse, crack. I actually don’t have many problems with my horns cracking any more, if you wait a tiny bit before you make the horns for the model magic to dry out a tiny bit, then cracking is less likely. Of course by doing this, you’re making ti a bit harder to work with, so try to find a good balance of the two. Once your horns are dry enough to not deform (or if you’re lazy, as soon as you want, although, for these, since i didn’t want to wait for them to dry, I took them outside and sprayed them with some clear fast drying spray can lacquer. I’m not sure if that helped, since I’ve never tried painting not dry horns except today, and they were sprayed, so if you can wait, I suggest you do, it’s easier.)

Now for painting, you can go about this a few ways, but what I’ve found to work best is painting each side, so the bottom is always dry. Also, just like me, your first instinct might be to paint only the part visibly lightest the lightest color, and that could work depending on the paint. I personally use paint probably intended for walls, but I got it mixed custom for the colors of troll horns, which is something you don’t have to do, you can probably eyeball it pretty well, plus, this paint streaks if you’re not careful. Anyway, paint the whole horn, that way there’s no place that is clearly overlapping, it makes it looks weird.

Then last you paint the other layers as shown. 

I don’t have pictures for this last part since there are so many different ways, but to attach them to your head, you have options.

With smaller horns, some people like to use clips attached to the horns, I’ve seen this done for Karkat horns a lot, as well as sometimes Terezi or Nepeta.

I’ve also seen some people using a spiral cone of stiff wire that they screw into their wig, I’ve never tried it though.

I’ve seen magnets used, with one of the strong magnets attached to the inside of the wig, and the other the bottom of the horn, but make sure the magnets are strong enough, and also don’t make the mistake of trying to have the magnets work when they’re both north or south, make sure you’re sure they are in right. I would not recommend this method for large horns like Tavros or Gamzee.

You could go the way a lot of people do, and use headbands. I use headbands sometimes, but I don’t like how they look, so I try to avoid them, but they do work well for most horns.

Once again for smaller horns, you can attach them to a string or something, preferably the color of your hair or the wig, whichever the horns are on. I also tired the string to an elasticy string so they stay on my head. I didn’t bother making the string black or brown because I was lazy, although even with a white string, it doesn’t show all that much.

And last, the method I used for a while was one I thought of on my own. I took a headband that was about an inch thick, and drilled some holes into it at points where I would want horns on my head, then I screwed some screws into the holes so they come out the top. I then would put that in the wig to the screws poke through the wig, then I would screw the horns into that, since I had pre-screwed the horns when they were relatively soft so that they would be able to be put on, and I could expect them to stay on. This worked nicely for stability, although I wouldn’t suggest it for Tavros horns, and I don’t think I have any idea if Aradia horns can be screwed on for this, because of their shape.

I only added this part about how to attach your horns to your head because it was the only problem I had when I wanted to first make my horns, so I figured other people would be similar in that. Anyway, I hope this helped, and thanks to this, I now have my fourth set of Scorpio horns! (I actually had a fifth pair a while back, but I threw them out, so this is my fifth pair, wow, obsession maybe?)

moonlotion  asked:

Hello!! I have a question about your Cronus cosplay How did you attach your horns? I've been having so much trouble with my own ヽ(;▽;)ノ

Cry no more Kat, for I have the solution to your problem:

Behold! My lazy tutorial on how to attach troll horns!

So here we have our wig and our horns. Now, how to attach them? (Note: My horns are made of lightweight clay, so they weigh next to nothing. If you make your horns out of something heavier, this method might not work!)

Here is our secret weapon: paper binders! They’re basically these small little metal thingies that open up when bent. You can get these pretty much anywhere from hardware stores to crafts stores and they cost just a couple of euros.

You need about 4-5 per horn, depending on how many you can fit (remember to make sure each one has enough space to open). Just hot glue them on like I’ve done below:

Next step is to get a piece of thin cardboard (Note: it needs to be thick enough not to rip) and make holes for the paper binders’ “legs”. We’re going to use the cardboard a bit later, so don’t put it on the horn yet!

Now it’s time to attach the horns! Put the wig on a wig head and see where the horn looks good (Note: This works the best if the bottoms of your horns are modified to fit with your head’s curves. This prevents the horns from sticking out unnaturally).

When you’ve found the perfect spot, just stick it in! You need to push the paper binders’ legs through the wig cap like this:

Now just put the cardboard piece inside the wig and bend the paper binders:

Lastly put on the wig and see what it looks like. You might need to take the horns off a few times and try again, but I’m sure you’ll get it right eventually! In the end it should look something like this:

And there you go! If you have more questions or something was left unclear, don’t hesitate to ask! Hopefully this was useful :>

Horns tutorial (Homestuck)

This is what we’ll be making, let’s get started, shall we?

1. Porexpan

2. Cutter

3. Thread

4. Headband

5. Papier-mâché (aka paper mache)

6. Hot glue gun + silicone rods

7. Acrylic paint (white, yellow and red)

8. Screws

9. Sandpaper

10. Drill

11. White glue

First things first, this tutorial has pictures of different horns because we hadn’t planned it beforehand (and we made a bunch of them at the same time).

1. You should draw a pattern on paper to decide the shape and size of your horns, also so you can try them on before actually making them to see if you like how they look. Afterwards draw this pattern onto the porexpan because this will help you understand the volume while carving.

2. We used porexpan as the base of the horns because it is really light and, believe us, you don’t want heavy stuff on your head. That is a key point if your character not only has horns, but wears glasses , fins, or some other accessory as it all adds up weight on top of your ears, which is really uncomfortable. That said, the next step is to carve the porexpan with the cutter carefuly following the pattern you’ve drawn on it.

Note: They usually have porexpan (which is some kind of…plastic cork?) at variety stores, but you may also find it in packages (it’s used to protect its contents), that’s to say: make sure you look into packages people have thrown away as you wouldn’t need to buy it then!

3. Once you have your desired shape, you can proceed to cover the horns with paper mache (you can use home-made paper mache, but the store one is way smoother). Once again, be aware of the weight, too much paper mache will make the horn heavier.

4. This step is optional if you like your horns rougher, but if you want them even you can use sandpaper to sand them. Might as well warn you that this process gets EXTREMELY long, but the results are nice.

5. Another optional step is to use thread to make the horns textured as you can see in the pictures. Be careful in your choice of thread as some threads are too shaggy, which makes it difficult to paint them later on. You can also get the textured feeling by doing a spiral motion with the silicone, but we wouldn’t recommend it because painting gets hard on a silicone surface. Back to the thread (quite literally), you can attach it to the horn with white glue or glue.

6. Now the step you’ve been waiting for: painting! We don’t have much to say on this one, but maybe the paint will be too transparent and you’ll need to put on many layers, so you may need to add white (because it’s more opaque). And that’s pretty much it. Oh, we almost forgot, you can attach the horns to the headband before painting them, but we prefer to finish them before that so we don’t stain it.

7. If your horns are small and light (such as Karkat’s or Terezi’s, or even Nepeta’s) you can use hair clips. If your horns are tall or heavier we recommend using black (duh, because the trolls hair is black) headbands. You can find the right place to put the horns on by trying on the headband with a mark on its center and playing around with the horns until you find their place. Afterwards you pierce both the headband and the horns with the drill to screw them, but we felt this wasn’t secure enough, so we put on some silicone.

Note 1: If you’re thinking of using hair clips, have in mind if your hair withstands them or not, since some people have really reaaally soft hair and hair-thingies fall down.

Note 2: On the picture of our Vantas’ horns the texturing method was silicone, also, we used  toilet paper + white glue instead of paper mache. Here comes a pic of the difference between textured and smooth.

8. Last one. Now we like to varnish them with latex so the paint won’t peel off.

And that’s it, hope it’s useful to you! C: Happy horning~

English isn’t our mother tongue , so if you didn’t understand something, feel free to drop an ask and we’ll do our best to explain it better c: Oh, and last thing, we said some obvious stuff, but it might come in handy anyway.

Spanish version


First youtube video! Homestuck nails!

Tutorial de cuernos (Homestuck)

Esto es lo que vamos a hacer, empecemos c:

1. Porexpan

2. Cúter

3. Hilo

4. Diadema

5. Papel maché

6. Pistola de silicona + barras de silicona

7. Pintura acrílica (blanca, amarilla y roja)

8. Tornillos

9. Papel de lija

10. Taladro

11. Cola blanca

Lo primero, este tutorial contiene fotos de diferentes cuernos porque no planeábamos hacerlo (e hicimos un montón al mismo tiempo)

1. Deberías dibujar un patrón en papel para decidir la forma y tamaño de tus cuernos, de manera que puedas probártelos antes de hacerlos para ver si quedan bien. A continuación dibuja el patrón en el porexpan porque te ayudará a entender el volumen mientras tallas.

2. Nosotras usamos porexpan como base de los cuernos porque es muy ligero y, créenos, no quieres llevar demasiado peso en la cabeza. Esto es clave si tu personaje no solamente tiene cuernos, sino gafas, agallas, o algún otro accesorio, ya que eso añade peso a tus orejas, cosa que resulta muy incómoda. Dicho esto, el siguiente paso es tallar el porexpan con el cúter siguiendo el patrón que hemos dibujado previamente.

Nota: Normalmente tienen porexpan (que es como una especie de… ¿corcho de plástico?) en los todo a cienes, pero es posible que lo encuentres en embalajes (se usa para proteger cosas) en la basura, o sea que ¡asegúrate de revisarla antes de comprar!

3. Cuando hayas conseguido la forma deseada, puedes proceder a cubrir los cuernos con papel maché (puedes usar papel maché casero, pero el de las tiendas de manualidades es más liso. El nuestro es de la marca Jovi). Una vez más, ten en cuenta el peso, demasiado papel maché hará que el cuerno pese más.

4. Este paso es opcional si te gustan los cuernos menos pulidos, pero si los quieres lisos puedes lijarlos con papel de lija. Deberíamos apuntar que este proceso es EXTREMADAMENTE largo, pero el resultado es bonito.

5. Otro paso opcional es usar hilo para hacer que los cuernos tengan más textura (como puedes ver en las fotos). Procura escoger un hilo que no sea muy peludo porque es más difícil de pintar. También puedes conseguir el efecto de textura haciendo un espiral de silicona alrededor del cuerno, cosa que no recomendamos porque pintar sobre silicona es un peñazo y no se aguanta. Uy, que perdemos el hilo (jejeje), para pegar el hilo puedes usar cola blanca o pegamento.

6. Y por fin llega el paso esperado: ¡pintar! No tenemos mucho que decir sobre esto, pero quizás podemos anotar que puede que la pintura sea demasiado transparente y tengas que hacer varias capas o añadir blanco (es más opaco) cuando mezcles los colores. Y eso viene a ser todo. Oh, casi lo olvidamos, puedes montar los cuernos en la diadema antes de pintarlos, pero nosotras preferimos acabarlos primero para no manchar la diadema.

7. Si tus cuernos son pequeños y ligeros (como los de Karkat, Terezi o Nepeta) puedes usar clips de pelo. Si tus cuernos son altos o más pesados recomendamos usar diadema negra (porque el pelo de los trolls es negro, se entiende). Para saber dónde colocar los cuernos ponte la diadema, marcando su centro, y juega un rato con ellos hasta que encuentres el sitio. Seguidamente, agujerea los cuernos y la diadema con el taladro para atornillarlos. Nosotras pensamos que no aguantaría todo lo que debería por lo que añadimos silicona.

Nota 1: Si vas a usar clips de pelo, ten en cuenta si tu pelo es fino o no, puesto que hay gente que lo tiene muy liso y los accesorios de pelo le resbalan.

Nota 2: En la foto de nuestros vantásticos cuernos la textura está hecha con silicona, además la base es de papel higiénico + cola blanca en lugar de papel maché. En la siguiente foto puedes ver la diferencia entre un cuerno texturado y uno liso.

8. Y por último, deberías barnizar tus cuernos para que la pintura no se pele. Nosotras lo hacemos con látex.

Y eso es todo, esperamos que te haya sido útil y feliz experiencia haciendo cuernos~

Si tienes alguna duda, ¡no dudes en preguntar! c: Oh, una última cosa, hemos dicho algunas cosas muy obvias en este tutorial, pero hemos pensado que podrían ser de utilidad de todas formas.

Versión en inglés


Hello everyone! I just wanted to say that I am super grateful for all of the positive feedback I have been getting on my goat mom cosplay!  Believe it or not I was super nervous about that cosplay before katsucon and was considering “turning it down a notch” the day of the con since I felt I was inexperienced with latex prosthetics, doing poi in platform heels, etc. BUT I’m glad I ended up going full throttle on my original plan because it has brought me here! Making this masterpost. Because my inbox has been overflowing with lovely comments and questions about my goat mom and I feel terrible not being able to personally reply to all of them. :) So lets get started by answering the most FAQS I received over the past week or so! 

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