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
- Gesso Primer
- Paint (Yellow, Orange, Red Orange)
- Clear Gloss/Modgepodge
- A Sharpie
- Knife (sharp enough to cut styrofoam)
- 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
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
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~