With the new vampire movie, Dracula Untold coming to theaters this next month that got me thinking of how great of a costume a vampire would make for Halloween. So off to my computer I went looking for vampire costumes. In my research I came across an old vintage vampire hunter kit and thought that it was just about the coolest thing I had ever seen. Then a better idea came to mind. Instead of being a vampire for Halloween why not be a vampire hunter! The Vampire Hunter Kit’s that I came across online were outrageous and there was no way I was going to spend $200 for a Halloween prop so I decided to make my own. The craft store’s are a great place to find everything you need for your vampire hunter kit.
What you Need:
1 Large Wooden Dowel: Cut into 3 pieces
1 Wooden box with lid.
1 Glass Bottle
1-2 Plastic Garlic Cloves
1/4 to 1/2 Yard Red Velvet Material
Small Piece of Cardboard
Wood Stain-Dark Red or Brown
Sharp Knife (To carve the wooden stakes)
Hot Glue Gun
The first thing you are going to want to do before starting this DIY Vampire Hunter Kit is stain your wooden box. You won’t need much stain so just buy the smallest container you can find. Brush the stain all over the box. Don’t worry about getting it perfect because it’s suppose to look vintage and worn so it doesn’t matter if you mess it up.
After the wood is dry you’re going to line the inside of the box with the velvet material. This can be a little tricky but the same rule applies as above, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Start with the bottom of the lid and work your way around with the glue gun. After the bottom and all sides are glued securely. Cut the excess material from the sides.
Now your ready to work on the compartments. Depending on how big your box is and how many things you have inside will depend on how many compartments you will have. I only had space for two. To figure out how many you need just place all of the contents inside how you want them. Then measure out how big these compartments will need to be. Then cut your cardboard to match those measurements. Once they fit in their correctly line the cardboard with the velvet material and secure the material with the hot glue gun. Now slide those into the spots you want them to go.
While this is drying your going to work on your vampire hunter kit materials. With a sharp knife cut the top of the wood dowel into a point. You can make this as sharp or as dull as you want. Since I have kids I didn’t make my tips sharp, for obvious reasons. After it’s carved be sure to stain it as well.
Next you’ll want to work on the glass bottle of holy water. I used a printer and printed a small piece of paper with the words Holy Water.Then I carefully burnt the edges of the paper to make it look old and vintage. The paper can be glued right to the front of the bottle with the glue gun.
Now the finishing touches. Place all of your contents into their compartments and make sure everything fits in correctly.
I absolutely love our new Vampire Hunter Kit! And you want to know the best part, it only cost me around $10 to make it. This kit can be used as an addition to your vampire hunter costume or you can use it as a decoration in your home. Either way it’s a fun and easy Halloween craft to make.
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