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Giant Mantis

Contest Photo by: 1cola2
Waterford, OH
Category: Creative Creatures

Brief Description:

Our giant costumes have put a lot of old junk to great use over the years. Creating them as a family project is half the fun. This giant praying mantis is 9 feet long and weighs 11 pounds.


The head is made from a bicycle helmet. The eyes are metal strainers. The legs are some wire from abandoned political campaign signs covered with pipe insulation. The body is a metal dowel wrapped in plastic fencing and covered with fabric. The whole contraption is supported by an old back pack frame and a couple of braces made from shop-vac parts. The little trick-or treater is my daughter Sienna, friend to all insects.

Time to Create:

About one week of evenings
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