Make Halloween Your Own With These Petrifying 3d Prints
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Halloween is right around the corner, do you have your scares prepared? Rather than buying disposable props from the store, why not 3D print your own? The cost of 3D printers is dropping, and there are now options for people on most budgets What's the Best 3D Printer for You and Your Budget in 2017? What's the Best 3D Printer for You and Your Budget in 2017? If you're looking for a 3D printer, we've got you covered. We've covered the overall best 3D printer, the smallest, the fastest, and the cheapest -- and for all budgets, starting at $300! Read More . If you are new to 3D printing, we have a beginner’s guide Ultimate Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing Ultimate Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing 3D printing was supposed to be the new "Industrial Revolution." It hasn't taken over the world yet, but I'm here to talk you through everything you need to know to get started. Read More which will teach you everything you need to know to make the projects in this article.

Of course, Halloween isn’t just about the scary, it’s also a time to show off your awesome costumes, and a 3D printer can come in handy here too! In this article we will cover projects to help you put a unique spin on your Halloween preparations, from dastardly decor to not too spooky Star Wars costumes.

1. Tasty Terrors

For some, Halloween is all about the fear factor. For others, it’s all about the candy. Instead of buying candy from the shop, why not make your own creepy cookies this year to give to your local trick or treaters?

witch cat cookie

These Witch and Cat cookie cutters were brewed up by Thingiverse user OoogiMe. Given their small size and simplicity, they are the perfect project to work on with children. If you a looking for a way to interest your kids in technology and cooking at the same time — this is it! OogiMe also provides a design for a Snarling Pumpkin cookie cutter, which is a similar size as the others though a little more complex.

Stepping up in both size and difficulty, 3DWORK provides a design for a larger Skeleton Cookie cutter mould on their Thingiverse page.

gingerbread cutter 3d print

2. Petrifying Pumpkins

Another crucial aspect of Halloween is setting up your home for maximum visitor scare factor. We’ve already covered ways you can create Arduino powered scare machines 8 Amazing Halloween Frights You Can Make With An Arduino 8 Amazing Halloween Frights You Can Make With An Arduino Learning electronics with an Arduino is fun, but using one to scare the life out of trick-or-treating children is just downright heavenly. Read More to make people think twice before heading to your door.

UK electronics and 3D printing retailer Kitronik have produced free plans for a glowing pumpkin (a great way to avoid that rotten pumpkin husk sitting in your driveway for weeks after), which uses a yellow flickering LED and a watch battery to simulate candlelight.

It is worth noting that the other things in the linked article were created using a laser cutter What's a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One? What's a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One? Laser cutters aren't new technology, but much like 3D printers, prices have crashed to the point where they're now affordable for DIY enthusiasts. Read More , and while they ramp up in complexity, the same designs could be used to hand cut decorations to go alongside your 3D printed pieces!

If you’d prefer something a little smaller and gruesome, you could print multiple versions of this mini pumpkin, hand-sculpted by ideaform3d.

mini pumpkin 3d print

3. Wiley Webs

What is a spooky house without spider webs? This year, instead of the messy fibre webs you can buy from the shop, print your own! Fuzzbot provides the design for this spiderweb based on beloved children’s novel Charlotte’s Web.

charlottes web fuzzbot 3d print

According to the creator, there is a hidden message in the web — print it to see if you can decipher it!

4. Skittering Spiders

While we are talking about spider webs, why not add some spiders to give people the creeps? While there are a huge amount of spider designs to choose from, this design by thinkyhead really caught our attention.

spider thinkyhead 3d print

What makes this design special is the way the legs can be easily repositioned making each build unique. Thinkyhead estimates the build time at just 15 minutes, though that will of course vary depending on your 3D printer. This simple design can be incredibly effective with little effort on the part of the builder.

spiders 3d print

5. Glowing Crow

Crows are awesome, but it’s difficult and frustrating to try and train one to sit on your porch. Rather than wasting months of your time, and destroying all of your favourite shirts in the failed attempt to tame a real crow — build your own. Trust us, it’s easier.

crow 3d print halloween

This fantastic design by danman adds a couple of cheap red LEDs to the mix to give the crow evil eyes. An added bonus to this one is minus the evil eyes, this model would be perfect to leave in your garden to ward off other less welcome birds, or it could even be used to attract other crows. Crows are awesome.

6. The Chandelier of Fear

Looking for something a bit bigger? Want to really outdo the neighbours? If you really want to impress your guests this halloween, how about 3D printing an entire Chandelier?

chandelier of fear 3d print

This impressive by Thingiverse user MakerBot build takes multiple parts which come together into a build which looks much more polished and impressive than many other 3D printed designs. This effect can be even further improved upon with a coat of paint to give it that truly ancient and spooky feel.

chandelier of gold 3d print

7. Creepy Costumes

3D printers make costume design much easier, and there are a huge amount of designs already out there. Here are a few that caught our eye:

Bugged Out Eyes

These cartoonishly huge eyes are fantastic in their simplicity. Created by Thingiverse user Kongorilla they are a great way to achieve a big look with few steps.

eyes kongorilla 3d print

Scream!

Ah, the ubiquitous Scream mask. While the films may not be as relevant these days, the mask endures. This design from Ben Martin is a faithful recreation of the well known terror bringer. Remember to wear something black over your head to complete the effect!

scream halloween 3d print

Skull Mask

There are a few designs for skull masks out there, but aaskedall’s design is a winner for us.

skull mask 3d print

A benefit of this design is that it is supportless, making it easy to build. This design should fit a child, though other users found scaling it up to around 3x its original size made it perfect for adults too.

Plague Mask

Anyone who has been watching SyFy’s 12 Monkeys will be familiar with this terror-inducing mask.

12 monkeys plague doctor mask 3d print

This variation on the classic plague doctor mask was actually added to Thingiverse by the SyFy channel themselves, and comes in two variations. One mask on a stand as a decoration, and one with straps to be used as a costume.

Faceless Mask

Fans of the beautiful Spirited Away should love this low-poly version of the Faceless mask.

faceless mask spirited away halloween 3d print

This stylish mask by dogbrand is available as a design on Thingiverse, though it is worth bearing in mind this is only a design, so the finished product may take a little tweaking to get looking really good.

Wolverine Claws

Wolverine claws. Do we need to say more?

While there are lots of designs for these claws, this design by LeFabShop is well documented and has a great looking final product. The above video should show you everything you need to know to get printing!

Demon Baby

This design gets special creepy points. Whoever thought this up should perhaps be checked in on from time to time. It’s… well, just look:

demon baby 3d print

This immensely creepy design is the brainchild of Thingiverse user Taikonaught. While the initial design was for their partner’s pregnant stomach, anyone could replicate this. There are three designs to download, which when printed are designed to fit under clothing to scare unsuspecting well wishers!

8. Cool Costumes and Props

For some folks, Halloween isn’t about scaring people, it’s simply about looking awesome. This year you can ditch the shop-bought uniform, and make something truly unique using designs you’ve printed yourself.

A Wand per Wizard

For Harry Potter fans there is little more exciting than the prospect of having your own wand. While you could make one out of wood, the benefit of 3D printing one is you can make a good looking, lightweight prop without having to break out the woodworking machinery!

3d print harry potter wand

This wand design by tuxedodiplomat also encorporates an LED into it for extra magical effect!

Unicorn Horn

Unicorns are usually more or less the opposite of creepy, and that makes them the perfect choice to stand out at Halloween. This project from Adafruit provides a design for the horn, but then goes even further, adding LEDs to it to give it the full rainbow Unicorn effect!

Glowing Mace

This design, also from Adafruit, takes the medieval mace and gives it a modern cartoonish twist. This 3D print is a lot more complex than the others we have featured here, but it is worth an honorable mention as even without the electronics inside it is an excellent design which shows what 3D printers are truly capable of in terms of costume and prop design.

9. Star Wars

Star Wars costumes are always a firm favourite for Halloween, and 3D printing your own is a fantastic way to show yourself as a true Jedi, or servant of the Dark Side depending on your preference. Let’s briefly go through a few notable designs

Rebel Princess Belt

This simple design by wkarraker attaches to a belt to add detail to a simple Jedi Rebel costume.

3d print rebel princess belt

Lightsaber!

No Jedi is complete without a lightsaber. This design by lilykill is based upon Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi.

3d print lightsaber star wars

There are several lightsaber designs around, but the level of detail of this one really caught our attention!

Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber

Much has been said about the stylised lightsaber wielded by Kylo Ren in the Force Awakens, and this design by LeFabShop is a fantastic recreation of this cross guard designed weapon of the Dark Side.

Storm Trooper Helmet

Few things from Star Wars are more iconic than the Stormtrooper. This helmet design from Geoffro is incredible, and it is clear a huge amount of time went into getting it just right. This is not a simple print, there are a large amount of different parts to it, and it’s perhaps not one for the beginner to 3D printing, but the results speak for themselves!

3d print stormtrooper helmet

Petrifying Prints

This article has taken us through just a few things that are possible with 3D printing to make your Halloween setup unique and impressive. While most of these projects are easy to make even with a small 3D printer, some are a little more complex.

The practise of making costumes and props with 3D printers is just getting started, and we are looking forward to watching it evolve over the coming years as the technology gets cheaper and more accessible to all.

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Have you designed your own costume this year? Are you decorating your house with self printed fear mongering creations? We’d love to see what you’re making! Show us in the comment section below.

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