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The Seussical Water Buffalo

The Seussical Water Buffalo

Coming at the end of February is the stage play Suessical at Canyon View Junior High here in Orem, Utah. We will get to see Aaron in the role as the Mayor of Whosville. Haily’s giraffe will be unveiled once again, and I was called upon to create the water buffalo head piece.

So how do you make a water buffalo head piece? That’s what I thought when I received the phone call. I immediately thought of building off a bicycle helmet. So without any specific guidelines I went to the internet and found the image that I think people think of when they think water buffalo.


The horns seem to be the key, but how to do it with a Seussical twist. Let’s start with the helmet and some coat hangars...


Next came the Styrofoam cups and black electrical tape...



And some more electrical tape...


And then came the matching of the two horns with some imperfections as seen in nature...


Then I had to wrap the horns with fabric and hot glue in a spiral pattern to give some definition...


But why the pink? Well pink is a Seussical color that really pops from the stage. But next came the coat of hair for the head. After all, you don’t want it to look like a bike helmet, now do you? So I raided my wife’s precious (and expensive) yarn collection and found the perfect thick brown yarn. I wrapped it around a DVD player and then hot glued two strips along the full length. After the glue cooled then the yard was cut on the opposite side of the glue. This created long sections that could then be glued directly to the helmet.


Check out how it began to fill in...


And here is another view...


And the side view...


And once again the final product...


So there you have it, the water buffalo head piece for Seussical. It took coat hangars, styrofoam cups, electrical tape, hot glue, fabric, colored markers, part of my wife’s yarn stash and a lot of precious time putting it all together. Am I relieved it is done? You betcha! Come and see the show. It should be a great performance!!!

Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah -



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