Whether or not you live on Elm Street, creating a terrifying costume doesn't have to be a total nightmare.
: Children under 10 should not use a utility knife, sharp scissors, or a saw. Older children should be supervised by an adult.
Step 1: Make the fingers Cut the paper towel roll in half lengthwise, then, cut two 1½-inch wide strips from the resulting pieces. Cut these strips into four pieces that extend from the bottom knuckle to the tip of each of the glove-wearer's fingers, excluding the thumb.
Step 2: Shape the base Cut away two ½-inch wide by 1-inch long strips from one end of the cardboard, so each cardboard piece looks like a T.
Step 3: Shape the tops Round the top edge of each cardboard finger with the scissors and make a 3/8-inch incision lengthwise down the center. Fold and tape the tabs together so their edges overlap, giving each finger a conical top.
TIP: If your cardboard fingers now look like Popsicles, you're on the right track.
Step 4: Create the back of the hand Cut a piece of silver cardboard that fits over the back of the work glove, excluding the fingers. Lay the cardboard fingers over the glove so the fingers' bottom strips overlap the silver cardboard by at least half an inch.
Step 5: Complete the basic hand piece Poke a small hole a half-inch up from the bottom of the cardboard finger that goes through both the finger and the silver cardboard. Attach the fingers to the silver cardboard with brass fasteners to make one big hand-piece.
TIP: Make small incisions at the knuckles of each finger for greater flexibility.
Step 6: Prepare the glove Cut the glove's fingertips off and wrap aluminum foil over each cardboard finger.
Step 7: Paint the hand-piece and glove Paint the hand-piece and glove using a black base coat and a brown topcoat.
TIP: To give your glove a rustier look, add a small amount of dark red paint.
Step 8: Make the blades With a felt-tipped pen, draw four 12-inch knife blades on the Plexiglas. Use the saw to cut them out. Sand the edges until smooth, and add a coat of silver spray paint.
TIP: Smaller children can use silver-painted cardboard blades as an alternative to Plexiglas.
Step 9: Attach the hand-piece, glove, and blades Attach the hand-piece to the glove using the hot glue gun, and the blades to the hand-piece using the superglue. Then, put on the finished glove, and give your friends the fright of their lives!
FACT: The original Nightmare on Elm Street was Johnny Depp's big-screen debut.