When you can’t find the costume you want at the shop, it’s time to make your own. Instructables user JavierG45 learned that lesson years ago when he realized the Halloween costume store offerings just weren’t cutting it. He’s been making his own ensembles since 2010, and in 2016, he made Mola Ram from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He took to Instructables to share his process for making the headdress from a styrofoam head, plaster wrap, polymer clay, and several other items. The headdress started with a helmet-like support to keep the headdress in place. With that done, Javier made the horns:
1) I used 2 wire hangers and stretched them out pulling from the hanger hook and middle of the bottom of the wire hanger.
2) widened the base (close to the hook) to the width of the base of the horn (this will be attached to the helmet armature). I pinched the other end of the wire hanger (this will be the point of the horns).
3) using newspaper, I tore pages and bunched them up to add volume between the 2 wires for each hanger. I used masking tape to secure the newspaper stuffing to the horn structure. I kept adding newspaper & tape until achieving a relatively smooth long cone.
4) I bent the long cone to match the shape of the horns (I recommend looking at pictures from the movie for reference). The bending of the wire hanger armature created creases in some areas of the cone. I taped bunched up newspaper to these areas to make it smooth again.
And now, it’s time for some in-progress photos:
Get all the details on making the Mola Ram headdress at Instructables.