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Picture of Alien Face Hugger Adjustable Prop and Decoration

I wasn't originally intending on making an Instructable for this project, but in my efforts to create this creature I was left disappointed by the lack of other recreations online. That being said, I've been a long time lurker on the site, and although this is my first attempt at a project like this and a respective tutorial/walk through, I'm going to try my best to make this as useful as I can for other makers.

Going into this project, I was looking for a quick and cheap Halloween costume that I could make using the materials and tools I had at my disposal. Unfortunately, as the deadline drew closer I came to realize that the best way to accomplish this may not fit my original goals. At the end of the day, I spent around $50 and around 10 or so hours to make this. Considering I have no prior experience with any of the techniques or materials in this project, I'm pleased with how much I learned along the way and how it turned out.

If you're looking for some more inspiration, be sure to check out the "Odin Makes" and "Bloody Disgusting" takes on this monster; they certainly helped me get through this and I would recommend you give them a look for some advice.

Below is a list of the items I purchased for this build. Keep in mind, there are many ways to do this, so feel free to deviate. Before purchasing/acquiring anything, I would recommend you see the last step of this Instructable where I re-evaluate the effectiveness of these items. Maybe one day when I give this project another shot, I'll come back and update the list with better stuff.

Materials used in project:

-Liquid latex (I got at Party City b/c they were nearby; I would advise looking elsewhere for less expensive and higher quality latex)

-Metal wire (purchased at nearby Joan's craft store; make sure it is considerably strong, yet easily flexible)

-Tissue Paper

-Unraveled cotton balls

-Polyfill/stuffing material

-High density foam

-Acrylic paints


-Modelling clay

-Template/reference images (see below)

-Plaster of Paris (or other molding compound)

-Baby powder

Step 1: Reference Images and Scaling

Picture of Reference Images and Scaling
face hugger scaling.png

In order to make sure everything is as accurate as possible, a good first step for any film prop is to gather some reference images and scale them to the appropriate size. In this case, I took an image of the official Face Hugger display product that can be purchased online. From that image, I was able to create a simplified and resized image of the creature using Powerpoint.

I'm not going to go over the specifics of this process, but the first thing I did was remove all the details, creating an outline that I would use for printing. Then I cut the image in half and mirrored one side to make the template symmetrical. I happened to have a paper mache mask lying around that was built off my face, so I just included the dimensions of the mask in my template. At that point I shrunk the image down so that it would match the size of my face.

Because the whole monster was bigger than a standard piece of printer paper, I cut the template into different pieces for the fingers, tail, and spine. One thing that I hadn't considered while making the template was the movement of the fingers. All of the fingers were based off the general size of the middle left finger, which was bent in the reference image. If you're using this template, take note that the length of the finger is not accurate (the width should be fine).

Once I got all the templates sorted out, I printed them and made sure the dimensions in the Powerpoint matched the size on paper. When printing, make sure you do not make the image to fit the page, as that will distort the sizes of the template.