DIY Handmade Halloween Decor ~ 12" Black Feathered Raven Halloween Sculptures

I love large scale pieces and really wanted a huge raven...or crow...
(are they the same?) for part of my Halloween decor. All I saw
in the stores were smallish ones so I decided to make my own.

random styrofoam pieces
I had a bunch of random styrofoam shapes, not as big as I would have liked,
 but I'm thinking I can still make it work!

DIY Halloween ravens styrofoam base
I used a large egg and a small egg cut in half for each raven.

styrofoam bases for hand made Halloween ravens
I added cone shaped pieces for the tail... 
one was an actual cone, the other was another shape that I cut into a cone shape

Handmade Halloween Ravens wire feet
I bent big blue wire into a bird foot shape

wire feet armature for diy Halloween raven
I think they will work

flexall or joint compound
I usually use Flexall when I need to do something like this and it's
what I had on hand. Sadly, it has been discontinued but regular joint
compound will work just fine. 

DIY Halloween ravens
I put on disposable gloves and lathered these babies up.  
This is not to say I've never used it without but messy 

diy Halloween raven sculpture with joint compound
I made wing shapes with my fingers in the wet compound...let dry overnight

diy Halloween raven sculptures
For the beaks, I shaped tissue paper I had
that I happened upon in a dumpster... A brand new ream which is about 480 sheets still in the wrapper, who throws that away???. 
 into beak shapes and covered them with more tissue paper adhered with Mod Podge.
The red color doesn't matter since they will be painted.

diy halloween sculptures
I painted them black and then kinda forgot about taking pictures...

black feathered Halloween raven sculptures
But... I ended up gluing black feathers on the tail and wings.  

When I say "black feathers", I mean I didn't have any black feathers 
but I did have some turkey feathers so I spray painted them black...feathers. 

12" DIY Halloween feathered black raven sculptures
So here they are all finished, I screwed their feet into wood blocks and 
added little black beads for their beady little eyes.  

It's hard to get a scale from the pic but they are about a foot long and stand about 9" tall
BIG! I love them

diy feathered raven halloween decor

Check out my latest Halloween/Fall creation...

DIY 12" Halloween raven
Happy Halloween!

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