Some couples bond over their shared love of fine dining…others bond over their love of books or art. Some bond over similar political or social views…and still others bond over a mutual love of sports or travel. And still some, like my husband and myself, bond over a love of the ghost with the most…
While it actually was a love of theater that originally brought us together, it was our mutual love of Beetlejuice that cemented the fact that we were meant to be. Besides the fact that my husband does the BEST (the BEST) impression of Beetlejuice, our joint love of Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara has further proven that our lives would just be one dark room without the other!
Let’s just drive the point home a little further by saying that we even went to the town where Beetlejuice was filmed on our most recent road trip! Needless to say it’s a bit run down and the amazing Deetz house is no longer there, but it was still magical just to be in the town where it happened!
Here’s where we think they built the bridge where the Maitland’s had their accident that ultimately killed them.
The school where Lydia Deetz attends at the end of the movie.
The possible location of the Deetz house!
We even ran into Beetlejuice on our most recent trip to Universal Studios for my sister’s bachelorette party! I almost peed myself with excitement:
Clearly I have a problem…
And if you’ve spent any time on the Internet these last several months or so, you may have heard the rumors about a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the near future…I will not comment to much on this (I HATE THIS IDEA), but let’s just say I’ve been feeling nostalgic about this amazing cult movie and decided to add a little Deetz culture to our own home.
Remember these? They’re the sculptures Delia Deetz made that later came to life during the séance they had to bring the Maitland’s back from the dead. While my versions are MUCH smaller than the original, I still think they add a little charm to our home!
Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues
- Stone-Colored Clay
- Gold Clay
- Clay Roller
- Large Ball Tool
- Aluminum Foil
- Quick-Dry Tacky Glue
For the leaf claw statue, I rolled the stone-colored clay into a leaf shape. I used most of the block for the leaf, setting aside about a 1 in. ball for the base.
To make the prongs, I just pinched the sides of the leaf and gently molded them into spikes. I did the same for the base, pulling a small amount into a tab to be inserted into the base.
For the base of the statue, I just made a square and used a knife to cut a hole for the tab on the top part of the statue. Bake these pieces separately…you’ll assemble them once they’ve been baked.
For the round square statue, I divided the gold clay into two portions, with one portion slightly larger. Reserve a tiny amount for the neck and feeler on the head. With the smaller portion, make the square. With the larger portion, make the head…first forming the clay into a ball then elongating it slightly into an egg shape.
The neck was made with the small reserved portion and I attached it to both pieces using a large ball tool to smooth out the clay. The antenna was also made using the small reserve and attached to the head with the ball tool.
Transfer all pieces to a baking sheet (you can cover the sheet with aluminum foil or just have a sheet that you devote to clay baking, which is what I do!).
To keep the antenna up while baking, use aluminum foil to hold it in place. Bake your pieces following the instructions on your clay…most likely a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
Once baked, remove from oven and let cool completely!
Once completely cool, remove aluminum foil from round square statue. Place tacky glue in slot of square base and insert leaf statue into base. Let dry.
And there you have it! Hopefully these little buggers won’t come to life in the night…
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