How to make a life-size Forky from Toy Story 4
Who wouldn’t want their own life-size Forky from Toy Story 4? This cute sidekick is perfect for your next birthday party, displayed as a Halloween lawn decoration or simply a fun addition to any child’s playroom. It’s easier to make than you might think.
Toy Story has a special place in my heart. I love all four of them. So, naturally, making a life-size Forky was an easy decision. I am also submitting Forky in Thanksgiving Point’s Annual Scarecrow Festival in Lehi, Utah. Here’s how I did it.
Build your life-size Forky frame
I wanted to spend as little money as possible, so I decided to use some PVC pipe and wire mesh fencing that I had lying around our garage. First, I built a PVC base to keep your Forky free-standing. Click here for instructions.
Once I built my base, I formed the shape of Forky using the mesh fencing. It was a little tricky but once I got the basic shape, it started to come together.
Wrap Forky with paper
Starting from the bottom, I took some butcher paper and wrapped it tightly around the mesh frame. I used duct tape to secure the butcher paper. I had to cut the paper piece by piece to fit it correctly. But it looked great once it was done.
Apply paper mache solution
So, I found a great recipe for a paper mache solution that works perfectly. I have used this recipe before for a life-size witch that I made a couple years ago. Here are the ingredients for the solution:
- 1/4 Cup Elmer’s Glue
- 1/4 Cup Plaster of Paris
- 1 Tbs cold water
- 1 tsp vinegar
- Roll of blue shop towels
Then, just get a paint brush and start applying the solution. It took a lot more of the solution than I thought. I tried to layer it pretty thick so the structure would be stronger.
Since my life-size Forky is going to be outside for the Scarecrow Festival, I wanted to protect it from the elements. A nice coat of polyurethane did the trick.
This is the fun part. I bought some giant googly eyes and glued them onto Forky with some Epoxy. Then, I spray painted a pool noodle and glued them on for the eyebrows and the mouth.
The arms were a little tricky. I basically wrapped some thick yarn around some more of the wire mesh. Then I wrapped it around my life-size Forky.
Lastly, I cut some wood into the shape of Forky’s feet and attached them to the PVC on the base. Yay!
I was so happy with the way my life-size Forky turned out. It was a little bit more work than I anticipated, but I’m excited to decorate my lawn with it year after year.
My kids of course loved Forky as well. All of them want to shake his hand, especially the neighbor kids who come over to play. It’s really cute.
What other ideas do you have for life-size lawn decorations? Leave your comments below.
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