Let the Right Monster In

Back when I was a young tyke, my most favoritest book that I made my mom read over and over again was Jon Stone and Michael Smollin’s&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Sesame-Street-Little-Golden/dp/037582913X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1353219227&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=there%27s+a+monster+at+the+end+of+this+book” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>There’s a Monster at the End of This Book&nbsp;</em></a>(sadistically forcing her to do Grover’s voice <em>every single time</em>). &nbsp;I believe that I fell in love with reading and thinking outside of the box because of that book. &nbsp;In other words, it warped my widdle mind.

Years later, my brother and I were home alone watching&nbsp;<i>Unsolved Mysteries.</i>&nbsp;It was one of their freaky-as-hell ghost shows. &nbsp;Specifically, this one:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWtI5Irwano?rel=0]

Now, if you don’t have time to watch the entire video, then let me sum up what happens: These kids get this bunk bed that turns out to be evil, possessed, or both (I’m not sure – I refuse to re-watch the episode). &nbsp;After the bunk bed is moved into their room, spooky things begin to happen and the kids keep panicking about “the witch behind the door.” &nbsp;One night their uncle stays over to prove that there’s nothing wrong&nbsp;<em><strong>when something scares him so badly that he flees the house and refuses to ever talk about what he witnessed</strong>. &nbsp;</em>Needless to say, it scared the bejeebus out of both my brother and me. &nbsp;It also killed my desire to have a bunk bed. &nbsp;Or own an old-timey radio. &nbsp;Or to sleep with my bedroom door shut because if there was a witch, then I didn’t want to see her in that corner like those kids did.

Where am I going with all this? &nbsp;I think it’s my attempt to figure out why the hecky-pooh I did what I did behind my bedroom door in my apartment. &nbsp;I think.

When I moved in to my apartment I quickly realized what my least favorite feature is – it’s what’s behind my bedroom door. &nbsp;No, not a witch, but this:

<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/haff1.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-medium wp-image-188″ title=”It turned me into a newt! I got better.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/haff1.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”225″ height=”300″></a>

Why? &nbsp;Why put the fuse box back there?! &nbsp;Not that I shut my bedroom door a lot, but if I do, then do I want to see that ugly thing? &nbsp;The answer is no. &nbsp;No I do not.

So when I had bought fake fur for some reupholstering projects, I had been sure to purchase some extra just in case I came up with something fun to do with it. &nbsp;What I ended up using some of it for was to make a monster to hide behind my bedroom door to scare away any potential ghost-witches that may or may not want to hide out there. &nbsp;Okay, so I made him just to cover the fuse box and it wasn’t until later that I thought he made a handy ghost-inhibitor. &nbsp;I mean, if I were a ghost I’d be like “I’m gonna scare the hell outta some living people by hiding behind this-HOLY MCNUGGETS!!! IT’S A MUH-MUH-MUH-MONSTER!!! I SHALL HAUNT ELSEWHERE BECAUSE THAT SCARED ME SO BAD!” Or something.

Check him out:

<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/haff2.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter size-medium wp-image-189″ title=”Yes, I gave him a smiley face.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/haff2.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”225″ height=”300″></a>

I really hope that if the maintenance man has to come over and access the fuse box, then I get to be there to see his face when he gets to it. &nbsp;Heh.

I also think it would be freakin’ adorable in a kid’s room to have a bunch of smaller “monsters” in all different colors and shapes on a wall. &nbsp;I know that I would’ve loved it as a child. &nbsp;It’s also soooo very easy to do! &nbsp;And here’s how to do it:

<strong>What you need:</strong>


  <li><a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-a1.jpg”><img class=”wp-image-193 alignright” title=”I put newspaper down on the carpeting to make the inevitable loose staples easier to find.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-a1.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”180″ height=”240″></a>Fake fur (enough to wrap around the front of a frame)</li>

  <li>A framework of some sort – whether it be an ugly bulletin board (for my tutorial), or a canvas from an earlier artistic failure (like for my blue monster)</li>


  <li>Staple gun</li>

  <li>At least two ping-pong balls (more could be used for monster variety)</li>

  <li>Sharpie or other permanent marker</li>

  <li>Hot glue gun</li>


1. &nbsp;Wrap the frame with the fur. &nbsp;You’ll need just enough to staple on the back of the frame. For this tutorial I found some yellow scrap fur that didn’t get used in an older project. Turns out I had to use two separate pieces to cover the frame – which was a fantastic development: it makes a mouth! &nbsp;You could also use two or more colors to make a striped monster! &nbsp;Squee! &nbsp;I love happy crafty accidents!

<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-0091.jpg”>

<img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-202″ title=”Woopsies – this project just got a whole lot awesomer!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-0091.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”203″ height=”270″></a>Anywho, I stapled the first side so that there was trimming needed. &nbsp;Then I stapled down the opposite side and trimmed that side. &nbsp;The stapling helps keep the fur taut and easier to cut:

<img class=”wp-image-198 aligncenter” style=”color:#333333;font-style:normal;line-height:24px” title=”It’s even easier to cut the fur if you pull the excess tauter – I had to use my other hand to take the pic.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-0131.jpg?w=225″ alt=”” width=”203″ height=”270″>

2. &nbsp;Staple the fur to the frame going all around – you’ll need to do some trimming on the corners so that the fur doesn’t bunch up too badly. &nbsp;You might be able to just hot glue the fur on – I didn’t try it since I had the staple gun:

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<img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-199″ title=”A blurry pic of how I trimmed the corners.” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/corner2.jpg?w=300″ alt=”” width=”210″ height=”125″></a>

3. &nbsp;Then cut back the fur a bit to the base where you want the eyeballs to go (it helps them to be stable). &nbsp;I used my mad Photoshop Skillz to circle where I trimmed back the fur since it’s almost impossible to see in the picture. &nbsp;I was sure to leave some normal length fur between where the eyeballs would go:

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<img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-200″ title=”Eyeholes…better than Aholes ::badoom-ching::” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/eyeholes.jpg?w=300″ alt=”” width=”210″ height=”70″></a>

<p style=”text-align:left”>4. &nbsp;Use your Sharpie to draw pupils onto the ping-pong balls:</p>

<p style=”text-align:left”><a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-001.jpg”>

<img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-203″ title=”Another shot so action-packed that it’s blurry!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-001.jpg?w=300″ alt=”” width=”216″ height=”162″></a></p>

<p style=”text-align:left”>5. &nbsp;Glue those ping-pong eyeballs onto the fur:</p>

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<img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-204″ title=”I blame the bluriness of this shot on the fact that I had to take the picture using my chin. Chin Skillz!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-018.jpg?w=300″ alt=”” width=”210″ height=”201″></a></p>

<p style=”text-align:center”>Hang it up on the wall, and there you have it: &nbsp;a loveable furry monster to call your own! &nbsp;<a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-037.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-205″ title=”I shall hug him and squeeze him and call him George!” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/hafucraft-037.jpg?w=250″ alt=”” width=”225″ height=”270″></a></p>

<p style=”text-align:left”>But wait! &nbsp;It gets better! &nbsp;As I was putting together this tutorial by building another monster I had a <em><strong>SHAZAM</strong></em> moment of how much fun I could have with its layering. I realized that I had leftover red felt from my <a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/2012/11/09/coastin-right-along/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Muppet Coasters</a> – so I grabbed it and cut it into a tongue-shape. &nbsp;Then all I did was tuck it up under the separate fur parts:</p>

<p style=”text-align:center”><img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-393″ title=”Do you not ‘splode from teh cutes?!?!?” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/wall-moster.jpg?w=231″ alt=”” width=”231″ height=”300″></p>

Next time I’m at the craft store I plan on picking up a variety of felt to make various accessories to switch out with the tongue – like funky teeth! &nbsp;If I’d made more fur strips then I could have made little arms or other various body parts to deck him out for various holidays or if I became bored with how he looks. &nbsp;This guy reminds me a bit of <em>Invader Zim</em>’s Gir – so much so that I’m considering making a “Gir Wall Monster” – I think it’s pretty doable! &nbsp;I mean, I’ve already got some leftover lime green fur… <em>::begins plotting::</em>

<p style=”text-align:left”>Initially I had so much fun making my blue monster that I had made a green one too. Currently it’s hanging out in the linen closet since I have yet to find it a new home on the wall after Bruce moved in and its former spot was taken with storage stuff. &nbsp;But I think it looks cute just leaning against the wall keeping any ghost-witches out of our linens:</p>

<p style=”text-align:left”><a href=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/bb.jpg”><img class=”aligncenter  wp-image-207″ title=”The Beatles = Yes / Ghost-Witches = Nope” src=”http://hafuboti.wpcomstaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/bb.jpg?w=282″ alt=”” width=”229″ height=”243″></a></p>

<strong>Coming up Next:</strong> &nbsp;Giving Hafuboti a hand. <em>::wink-wink-nudge-nudge:: I’m totally using a play on words there!&nbsp;</em>

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