Giving Halloween a Hand.



Dollarama is great.  Love Dollarama.  I want to be Dollarama when I grow up.  The only problem with the stuff from Dollarama is it’s cheap junk that may or may not cause a rash when you look at it.  But that’s the only problem with it.  I love everything else about it.

Because of the whole “it’s cheap junk” thing, I usually take stuff from Dollarama and transform it into better cheap junk.

These fake arms for example.  I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with the hands from the get go.  Nice wrinkles and vein work that looked like they obviously belonged to an old perv.  PERFECT!

The only thing I didn’t like about them is they were kindda stiff.  Like an old perv.

I wanted to make the fingers of the hand bendable, because you can do much more with a bendable hand than one that just sits there not bending or doing anything more interesting than being wrinkled.  I imagine most fake perv hands from Dollar Stores are the same so this little Halloween DIY should apply to those of you who don’t have the benefit in living in a country with a Dollarama.  If you’d like to know whether your dollar store is comparable to Dollarama just check the aisles for people who are fabulously wealthy.  If you see them, you are not in Dollarama.  If there are people who look as though they may soil themselves, you’re getting closer.

What you need

2 rubber hands/arms

1 coil of heavy gauge wire

wire snips



These hands are hollow.  It doesn’t matter if yours are.  Chances are if you got them from a dollar store yours will be too.  You don’t need to undo the sleeve, I just did that so you could see the hollow hand.





To make the hand bendable all you have to do is run some heavy gauge wire through the hand to the tips of each finger.





If you want the whole arm to bend then start running your wire through the end of the arm.  If you just need the actual hand to bend, then you can just run it from the wrist up to the fingers.




Each time you run a wire up to the end of a finger, bend the fingertip down.  This will stop the wire from slipping out.




Then fold the wire over the underside of the arm.




Now look at that.  You have just turned cheap crap into better cheap crap.  You’re very special and you should tell people next to you on the bus about how special you are.  They’ll like it.  Trust me.

Now that your  hands can actually grasp things the possibilities are endless.




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This set up in particular continues to startle me, days after doing it.




It’s giving the mini finger, which I just realized.  I did that subconsciously.  Or unconsciously.  Or maybe I did it on purpose. Which reminds me of this post, definitely one of my favourites.




Coming up in Friday’s post a tour of my house in all of its Halloween splendour.  Which may or may not include what I did with the rest of the old perv.

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  1. Ella says:

    Cool. Btw, last week I ordered the oatmeal spurtle from Cattails in your crock. I clicked your link to the site 🙂

  2. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Oh, now those are creeptastic!!!!!

  3. chris aka monkey says:

    cool as hell our dollar stores do not compare, i think you should bend them around your neck and wear them to dollarama xx

  4. Terri says:

    I’m putting those in the candy bowl for all the trick n treaters to see when they reach in for a piece of candy. Such fun to watch them scream. Thanks!!

  5. Laura says:

    Terrifying how real that looks!!!

  6. Jane says:

    Those look freakin real! Our Dollar store does not have good crap like yours….we just have crap….that no one wants. Can’t wait to see the rest of your house:)

  7. danni says:

    Okay, the ‘come hither finger’ just about made me gag. Well done, Karen, well done.

  8. Nancy says:

    I’m going to the dollar tree tomorrow. Also, I think you have too much time on your hands. Ha!

  9. TucsonPatty says:

    So very very wonderful. I put body parts around in the bushes but all my peices parts are solid rubber – do we have better made cheap crap here in Arizona? Hmmmm. I’m still in mourning and looking for another set of rubber fingertips with long black soft rubbery nails to wear to scare the kiddos…some of the set of ten have found other pastures. You are the genius of creepy!

  10. TucsonPatty says:

    Oh yeah, we seem to only have left feet and left hands around here. Your Dollorama has a SET of arms?! One of each side! I’m jealous and impressed.

    • Karen says:

      I was actually pretty impressed with that too! It wasn’t actually a set, but as I was going through the arms I noticed there were definitely left hands and right hands so I grabbed one of each. Yup. Very impressed indeed. ~ karen!

  11. Creepy but brilliant and a hilarious read! Well done!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kisha! Creepy but brilliant is always what I’m going for. Well … at Halloween that is. Christmas I like to leave at just plain creepy. 😉 ~ karen

  12. Kim C. says:

    I like the old perv hands. Er, I mean in the AODS creepy Halloween sense! Love Dollarama too.:-)

  13. jainegayer says:

    I can’t wait to visit my Dollar store later this am. I hope they have hands.
    There are so many creepy ideas running around in my head right now that it scares me.

  14. Tigersmom says:

    Fingers that bend make hands that are far more expressive. And creepy.

    (Shudder. Shudder)

  15. Beth W says:

    I think the hands around the tv are the most unsettling because you have also subconsciously, unconsciously, left the meat cleaver within hands reach.

  16. Linda J Howes says:

    Again, this is something I would enjoy somewhere obscure (I like the TV idea) in my home year round. In fact I have a doorknob cover that is like a skeleton hand and it covers the doorknob from my cold cellar pantry. It just keeps people guessing.

  17. marilyn says:

    too funny

  18. Terry Daugherty says:

    I went to my dollar stores, yes more than one, and all they had was Christmas stuff . I’m so sad

  19. Ev Wilcox says:

    Hey! Those hands look so familiar. They look a lot like mine!

  20. Debbie W. says:

    “The only thing I didn’t like about them is they were kindda stiff. Like an old perv.” BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA best line ever!

  21. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    You never fail to amaze me with this stuff…thanks for making my day. I was going to say something about the mini finger but you beat me to it. Still missing a good read everyday…slowly adjusting to our 3 post a week. Hope you are getting some rest and your other projects are thriving.

  22. mickey says:

    Awesome idea!!!

  23. That is very cool! You are an industrious gal! 😉


  24. Patti says:

    Okay, so I bought on of these exact hands this weekend, and this morning, decided it would be a great idea to have it hanging out of my trunk, as if I’ve kidnapped the old perv and locked him in my trunk. I took it out this morning and arranged it so it’s hanging out in the scariest of ways, and then realized that my back windshield needed to be squeegied because of the dew/condensation/whatever.

    In the time it took me to lean in my backseat to get my squeegie, and walk around to the back of the car again, I’d forgotten about the arm! It scared the friggen crap out of me. I let out a very audible gasp and jumped very high, and had to explain to the neighbour that I was okay – I’d just scared myself pretty badly.

    And then I giggled all the way to work.


  25. Brenda says:

    Once again, I bow down to you Karen…..
    Just think of the fun you could have putting a set of painted nails (from the dollar store of course) on those hands.

  26. JeannieB says:

    Actually, I thought they were YOUR hands Karen, when I saw the first picture. And I that you’d taken your black nail polish off. Then thought, she really needs to get some good hand cream and take better care of her beautiful hands. Lol Or they’re going to look like mine.
    They really sell creepy stuff at Dollerama. Should give the trick or treaters a fright. Or visitors dropping by for a cup of tea. Ha!

  27. HAHA This is fantastic!

  28. Tara in Va says:

    They would be great for holding back floor length drapes! Maybe stick a pair of shoes just barely visible underneath.

  29. Stephanie says:

    I was there last night and forgot to get me a hand. My daughter and I laughed our guts out when we passed a car on the road a week ago with one hanging out of the trunk. Had to look twice cause it’s so real looking. I saw it first so yelled at my daughter while pointing at the hand to call 911. Hahahaaaha – she almost did!

  30. Debbie says:

    I too thought they were your hands. Thought to myself that you are working to hard. I had to look else where for hands a few weeks ago came up with one hoof and a hairy hand. Could only get one each. I took them and made them fit on the door knob at work. It still scares me when in my work mode daze…..

  31. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Just proves..there is good crap and there is bad crap..Canada definitely has the best crap..That was meant to be a compliment..Love It!..the hands not the crap..`

  32. Grammy says:

    Brilliant execution of a cool idea. I wish we had a Dollorama. Shopping for Halloween stuff at our dollar store was okay, but not great — your dollar crap is way better than our dollar crap. The only halloween hands at our dollar store was really fake plastic looking and there is no salvaging it from that fact. I bought one anyway because my grandson is only five and he thought it was just the perfect amount of scary. But I really, really wish I had a pair like yours. Heh, I just made myself snicker.

  33. Olga says:

    Okay Karen you were #3 in 2012! You need to let it go. To us you are always #1 lol
    I have to say it seems that Canadian Dollarama has way better variety of cheap crap. At our 99 cents stores all I see is people who are about ready to soil themselves. Canada must have better deals with China than US.

  34. Shauna says:

    Brilliant as usual

  35. Pam Duke says:

    Love all the comments as much as your post. Fantastic idea Karen. I just started getting your blog, love it so much!

  36. judy says:

    This is Hilarious!! I noticed the cleaver after my first glance at the laptop and I swear the whole impression freaking changed to this woman is so inventive and funny and charming and talented to this Woman may be slightly deranged but still with all of those aforementioned qualities -someone I’d like to have a cup of coffee with-but in a public place-with lots of people and maybe some security guards. Yikes !

  37. Jane S says:

    How could anyone think those were your hands. You have lovely hands. I once found a recipe of yours on Pinterest because I recognized your thumb. LOL

  38. I want creepy perv hands too! I would love to see them over the top of a chair so it looks like someone is hiding behind it….I love to scare people in other ways than I just didn’t put on any makeup! Maybe with the hands they wouldn’t notice the makeup thingy… Boo

  39. Jane says:

    You have outdone yourself again! I love the hands on the TV. I think I would leave them and the meat cleaver there all year long. Great stuff!

  40. Nicole says:

    Great decorations for Halloween here and in your other Halloween decor you’ve shared! You are so clever! Our San Francisco suburb dollar stores are gross, stinky, have sone foreign radio station playing a screaming political speech, and the only decent cheap crap I’ve found there are gift bags (solid or plaid…other bags have fake random cartoon characters), tissue paper, and curling ribbon…amidst the shelf stable foods and soaps there made by brands I’ve never heard of(not to be snobby but it kinda makes me wonder why the grocery or drugstore won’t carry them?) and recognizable branded sodas about to expire in a week. If I ever visit Canada, I am hitting up your dollarama!

  41. Marti says:

    Ok, I know you got yours from Dollarama, but my Dollar store ain’t stocking those. I do see them on Ebay. How much did you pay for yours, so I know whether I am totally being ripped off, please?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marti – They were around $2. I can’t remember exactly. They may have been $3? No more than $3 and probably closer to $2. ~ karen!

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