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Making your own Minecraft Steve head from PDFs

My kids and I are huge fans of Minecraft and my boys decided to dress up like “Steve”, the main character, for Halloween. There are commercially available Steve Heads, but they are rather expensive, and making stuff yourself is fun for kids anyways.

So, we went to Kinko’s and got some of their 11x11x11 boxes (about $2 each) and I made a couple PDF files from the official char.png file you can download from the Minecraft website. We printed these on 11×17″ paper using Adobe Acrobat to handle page tiling. Note that the 11x11x11 boxes are not actually that size – the real size is 11.5″ wide x 12″ tall x 11.5″ deep. These PDFs are scaled to fit that size, with an extra-large hair part to cover the gap on the edges. We just printed out the files, trimmed, and taped onto the boxes, but you can do a lot fancier if you like.

Here are the files: Minecraft Head Files (ZIP)

Please note the following:

  1. I cannot provide tech support for your printer or computer problems, sorry.
  2. The only files I have are for the Steve head, and are posted above.
  3. I do not have any other files for Minecraft stuff (i.e. Creeper head, sword, pickaxe, etc).


Update October 2012: Check out this cool video tutorial on printing your own DIY Minecraft heads using this file!

Update October 2013: Man, this page just keeps on trucking. If you’re finding it’s just too hard to figure out how to print these out, or if you want something besides the basic Steve head, I encourage you to just purchase a pre-made head directly from Amazon. By the time you get done paying for the box and printing, you’re not saving that much money making them yourself. How much is your time worth? :)


  1. Infinator10 wrote:

    =D THANK YOU SO MUCH! How do you print it though?

    Monday, October 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Steve wrote:

    Update August 2012: Adobe Reader has been updated. The main idea is the same, but the interface has changed. Now you need to click the “Poster” button, and then tick the “Tile only large pages” checkbox.

    - – - – - -

    You should be able to print using Adobe Reader X, which you can download from Adobe’s site here:

    Open the PDF, and select Print, then set the following options under Page Handling:
    Page Scaling: Tile Large Pages
    Tile Scale: 100%
    %Overlap: 0.5 in

    Make sure to setup your printer to use the largest paper size you’ve got available, there will be less pieces to put together that way.

    Here’s an image of the above:

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink
  3. Dylan wrote:

    Awesome! I’m really glad I found this post and I’m trying to print out the face and put it all together,I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  4. Dylan wrote:

    Woo! Wore it for spirit week at school. Was epic, thanks for the PDFS!

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  5. Steve wrote:

    Stoked to hear that, Dylan! Thanks for the kind words :-)

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  6. Weewoo wrote:

    Wow man thanks! Steve if you didnt post that comment i would have never known what to do. Thanks

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink
  7. Steve wrote:

    My pleasure, glad to be of help.

    Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  8. Roxi Crawford wrote:

    I’m also glad I found this! thanks for your work putting the pdfs together! This is awesome!!! It’s perfect!

    Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  9. AndreaM wrote:

    Thank you so much!!! My son loves his costume. I couldn’t have done it without your help.

    Thanks again!!!!

    Monday, October 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  10. Nat wrote:

    As with most parents, I have an 11yr old that is mad mad mad on minecraft!! He is going to his school disco its fancy dress, so it was “Minecraft Steve” here i come…lol I have just completed his head….. it looks AWESOME, thank you very much for your pdf’s, they have made a very tricky craft job for a mum very easy hahahh xx

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  11. Cooldog wrote:

    Thanks for making the your pdf

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
  12. Cynny wrote:

    Work Christmas Party Dress-up here I come!

    Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink
  13. Frances wrote:

    Hi, Steve,
    Your post saved Halloween at our house.Can’t thank you enough.

    Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  14. Patrick wrote:

    You can put it on a flashdrive, bring it to office depot, and they’ll print it full size with they’re special printer for like 20-25 bucks on a special shiny paper. Looks allot nicer!

    Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  15. Kenneth Hamann wrote:

    Hi Steve

    TY so much for sharing :)… Used it for my two youngest boys today at fastelavn (a danish kind of Halloween)

    Here’s a picture of my boys: http...@N06/6902902505/

    Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 6:54 am | Permalink
  16. Jane wrote:

    My 11 year old celebrated his birthday in Minecraft style in April. These steve heads were a big hit with all 4 of my kids. Thank you for sharing such great instructions! The comment about the pdf file really helped.
    Here’s my blog post about the party: Minecraft Party

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink
  17. Monica wrote:

    Muchas gracias por el datos, esta increible.

    Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  18. brandon wrote:

    cool costumes

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  19. Patrick H wrote:

    Did you also make the pick axes? If so, how? If not, did you buy them somewhere?

    Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink
  20. Steve wrote:

    Patrick we purchased the pickaxes from


    Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  21. Patrick H wrote:

    Steve…thank you for the tips on the pick axes. Can you help me understand the printing though? I went to Kinkos to print the file. I had them do a black and white test first to make sure the size was good…and it was. I had an 11 x 48 sheet that would have been easy to cut and place right on the box. So when I went to order 6 (need 6 heads) I was shocked that they wanted $32 each!!! I see you said 11 x 17…so did you print smaller versions? Please advise…

    Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  22. Steve wrote:

    Yes, I printed them on 11 x 17″ paper, and then had a craft project getting them lined up and pasted on to the boxes. It was easy enough – we just cut out and used tape to apply to the boxes – but yes, getting Kinko’s to print the file on 11 x 48″ is probably quite expensive, and if you can do it elsewhere, or on smaller paper and then assemble, it will almost certainly be more affordable.

    Friday, July 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  23. PATRICK H wrote:

    Thank you Steve…when I figured out I had to use “tiling” (read above) I was able to get them printed fine.

    Monday, July 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
  24. Joel wrote:

    There is no tile large pages.. it seems updated? Any new instructions? ):

    Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink
  25. Steve wrote:

    Hi Joel, you’re right, Reader X was updated. Now you need to click the “Poster” button and then tick the checkbox next to “Tile only large pages”… see image below:

    Click the Poster button and then

    Monday, August 20, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  26. dave wrote:

    EPIC! These will be our Halloween costumes for sure! Thanks so much for posting!!

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  27. January wrote:

    Steve, these are AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for the printing instructions also. My son is having a Minecraft birthday party, and being able to print these out at home so that 5 boys can create their own Steve head is going to be a fun, affordable party project. THANKS!

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:31 am | Permalink
  28. Becky wrote:

    Made one for my son’s Minecraft birthday party last weekend – it was a huge hit, and bonus, he wants to be Steve for Halloween! Thanks so much for this!

    Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink
  29. Jen wrote:

    Thank you so so much!! I will be buying ink so I can print this out. Your instructions were very easy once I downloaded the Adobe Reader X, I just didn’t have enough ink so it looks faded and has tons of lines through it.

    My son told me he wanted to be Steve from Minecraft and I thought he was crazy. I didn’t think anything like this would exist so I know my 9 year old will be so happy! I’m excited!! =)

    Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink
  30. Melanie wrote:

    Wow! it an understatement! Thank you so much this was a huge time saver..This couldn’t have been any easier

    Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Permalink
  31. Mlou wrote:

    Thank you so much for the info. This is going to make my 10 year old so happy. We have been search for a Steve Costume for Halloween and the mask are too expensive at $60.00 and up. Thanks again!

    Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  32. D wrote:

    Hi Steve,
    My son said this morning that he wants to be the guy from Minecraft and after checking Amazon for their prices on the “heads”, I was ready to order him a different costume. Luckily, I came across your site and awesome directions! One quick question though, when I go to print, do I still use the “poster” tab for printing on the normal size printer sheets? I believe 11 3/4 x 8 is the standard measurements. Thanks so much and can’t wait to get some ink and surprise him!!

    Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  33. madmommy wrote:

    So glad to find this! My 7yr old requested to be Steve (or Herobrine if possible) for Halloween this year. You’re right, $22 seems a bit steep for a commercial head! Thanks!

    Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink
  34. Rachelle Voll wrote:

    I can’t thank you enough. I spent numerous hours trying to accomplish this with my PSE (I am a total novice) before I said there had to be an easier way. Thank you so much for sharing your files!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  35. zingaling wrote:

    are the picks the foam ones that cost about $30 ?

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
  36. zingaling wrote:

    could you also add how to make a shirt and pants that look like minecraft guy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink
  37. Steve wrote:

    That’s correct.. available from ThinkGeek, Jinx, Amazon, etc.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
  38. Steve wrote:

    Unfortunately my spare time right now is very limited… but an enterprising soul could follow the same techniques described in my post and, using some basic image editing software, do the same thing I did for the head.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  39. You are SO awesome for posting this! I was just sitting here wondering how in the world I was going to make a Steve Costume for my 9 year old son! Do you have any for Creeper for my other son!? :)

    Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink
  40. Ainslee wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve made one for my son. His little friend saw it today and I’m now making one from him. For less than $3.00 for the box and tape and spray glue, little mine-craft players are happy!

    Monday, October 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  41. Nikki Carter wrote:

    Does anyone have the updated files for this or is it still possible for the old ones to work? I have an 8 year old who is dying to be steve for halloween. HELP!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 8:27 am | Permalink
  42. Cameron wrote:

    Hi i have downloaded the pdf but the tileing option does not appear can you help

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  43. Francesca wrote:

    Thank you so much for your hard work! Question…How many sheets of 11×17 paper will I need? Can I put this on a flash drive and go make my own copies at Kinkos? I don’t have a wide format printer so I need to go elsewhere to print.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  44. Steve wrote:

    @Cameron: Read the comments above about updating to Adobe Reader X.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  45. Steve wrote:

    @Francesca: You can definitely take this to Kinko’s, and they will be the best ones to tell you how many sheets of paper it will need. It’s possible they can print it all one one sheet, you’ll really just have to ask them. Good luck!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink
  46. Patrick Whiteside wrote:

    How do you see?? If there is no eye holes, how do you know where your going on Halloween?

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  47. Todd wrote:

    Thanks for this!!

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  48. Steve wrote:

    There are eyeholes obviously ;)

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  49. sig pop wrote:

    Thanks for the vid and links to the files–very nice. The boys should appreciate that in about 10 yrs. We’re making a half-Steve, half Creeper-mask. To keep it snug on my 6-yr old’s melon, I’m putting a support in the box like this link has:

    Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink
  50. Chris wrote:

    I have printed it out on legal size paper. It worked fine and was printing on 7 pages. On the last page, the paper got jammed and it did not prrint. I can not figure out anyway to just print that last page so I do not have to print the whole thing over. I am almost out of ink. Is there anyway to do this?

    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  51. Nancy wrote:

    I must be missing where to download the pick axes templates, my boys will be so excited!! Thank you for the post, I had a list of paper to buy to cut out little squares to make the heads, so thankful I found this.

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4:38 am | Permalink
  52. desmond wrote:

    can i still use the same template if i need a bigger box?

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  53. jake wrote:

    having issues with the swors and axe- not sure how to print larger than 8 1/2 x 11 and in color after converting to pdf

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  54. Daniel iruegas wrote:


    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  55. Susan Wickman wrote:

    Took the files to kinko’s tonight but they had an older adobe reader so there was no poster button and we couldn’t get the face image to print out on multiple pages using the 11×17 setting – it only printed on one page which shrunk the image. If we had them print as is (49.50×11.50) it would have been $30 – am I missing a step??

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  56. SwIsS pErSoN 101 wrote:

    I cant find the printer setting for a mac, it would help if anyone knows them

    Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  57. Greg wrote:

    Thank you so much for posting this. Do you have to use the 11×17 paper for the hair as well or will normal sized paper work? Also, will the 11″x11″ box be large enough for an adult?

    Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:45 am | Permalink
  58. Aimee M wrote:

    We don’t have a kinkos…I went to OfficeMax and I can only find 12x12x12 boxes. That is way too large and also doesn’t fit with the printable. HELP! Any ideas??

    Monday, October 15, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  59. Chris's Mom wrote:

    I have a mac and a laptop so I saved the pdf file on a flash drive and took it to Fedex Express. I had them follow the adobe instructions and printed it out in large tiles(8.5×11 sheets). I also purchased a 11x11x11 box. I cut out all the pieces and started by taping the face sections together then taped that to the box and finished the hair sections.I used a box cutter for the eyes and purchased navy blue sheer pantyhose which I glued in the inside and had my son use a old helmet to keep it in place. I spent a total of $10 and it looks great. Thanks so much… I went to AC Moore and bought a green tee shirt to finish off the costume. I may spray with the head with a clear coating to make it waterproof. Thanks again

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
  60. flamezor123 wrote:

    steve, please help! how do i make it so that it fits a 10x10x10 box?

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  61. Steve wrote:

    Greg the 11x11x11 box is plenty big enough for anyone. You can use whatever size paper you want – the Adobe software should adjust to work with whatever you want to use.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink
  62. Steve wrote:

    @flamezor123 & others wanting this to work with a different size box: you’ll have to experiment with the Adobe Reader X software. I think you can specify a percentage to scale the printout, but I have not tested that. If you figure it out, please post so others can benefit.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  63. Stephanie wrote:

    You have saved my son’s Halloween. Thank you so very much for making this available to everyone online. I appreciate it so very much!

    Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink
  64. michelle wrote:

    This is fantastic! My minecraft-crazy son is delighted with his homemade steve head, and me, the cash-strapped single mama, is delighted that it cost about $3 to make. So thank you so much for creating this and sharing it.

    But now his brother wants a creeper mask…and i can’t find a similar pdf or template anywhere. Does anyone have hints where to find one????


    Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
  65. Monica wrote:

    Thank you SO much!! Other tutorials left me confused, but this was easy to download and print. My son is going to be SO excited, I know I am! :) Thanks for making my life easier!

    Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
  66. Thanks man! You just saved my son and I a bunch of time!!! :-)

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  67. Michelle wrote:

    YOU ARE AWESOME!! Thanks for making Halloween awesome!!

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
  68. Make a head wrote:

    Took skin from wiki save and open with copy each piece of head scale to 10 x 10 open in new page save as jpeg or leave as png copy to thumb drive bring to staples ask for color print out on 11×17 glossy paper face rt ear off ear back top five pieces four bucks 2 bucks for box glue stick and clear packing tape to waterproof 2 more bucks

    Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
  69. Michele wrote:

    You are awesome! I was able to print the 11″ x 17″ sheets at UPS for .58 cents each with your pdfs it was a total of 7 pages. Kinkos (or Fed Ex now here) was much more expensive like $1.70 each or something like that, but I did get my box at Fed Ex because UPS didn’t have the right size. The box at fed ex with tax for me was $2.45. You made my son’s day and halloween! It was way too expensive to buy from amazon because the jacked up the prices for halloween. It was $89 plus shipping at one time, haven’t looked recently. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Monday, October 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  70. Jacki wrote:

    I can’t seem to find link for teh pick axe… Thank you so much for this, you have made my day and am very excited to do this with my son!

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  71. noland wrote:

    Steve, thank you very much for posting this. You made a 10 year old minecraft addict and his dad VERY happy!

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink
  72. Jenni wrote:

    I used a 10x10x8 box and had to just eye ball what to fit together. My 8 year old loves it! Getting ready to find a pick ax to go with it! I just used elmers glue sticks and they worked perfect! Thank You for the file! :)

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  73. Steve wrote:

    There are no files for the pickaxe or sword. My kids are holding the commercial offerings from ThinkGeek.

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
  74. Nat wrote:

    Thank You Steve!! Our “Steve” head turned out AWESOME! I bought a 10×10 box at Target for around 3 bucks. I used your PDF’s took it on a thumb drive to the UPS store and luckily had an awesome lady there to help me resize it to fit the 10×10 box we have. She was happy to do it even! They printed the entire face on one sheet so no puzzling around with two pieces for the face! The paper is nice semi-shiny paper. They even CUT the white edges off for me! Their service to print on this good paper was 6 bucks. Not too shabby for a Steve head that could have cost upward of 40 bucks commercially to ship to us. I couldn’t be happier with this project!! Can’t wait for my son to see the finished product! He’s going to flip! You rock!! :)

    Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink
  75. Christina wrote:

    THANK YOU!!! fantastic job and made my life easier! most inexpensive halloween costume I’ve bought for my boys.

    I saw how many questions you received. You were very kind to assist. Found 11 x 11 x 11 at FedEx Office. I tried searching online to save time, but nothing was listed. I was so excited to see the size as standard.

    Thanks again!

    Friday, October 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  76. mark wrote:

    thanks so much for doing this! All my son wanted to be was Steve this year and we were just getting ready to paint 2×2 squares on a box when we found your site. very helpful and great video! thanks!

    Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink
  77. Leon wrote:

    Thank you so much it helped

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink
  78. Brad wrote:

    Took the PDF to Fedex Kinkos for the printing/Box. Great instructions, kids are thrilled. Thanks very much for sharing your work.

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  79. Debbie wrote:

    Made our Steve head today. Thanks so much for your files. It turned out perfect. We pieced it together by getting 11×17 prints which only cost $12 which included the tape, prints and box!! I opted out of using tape though and used adhesive glue instead. Especially since the face will print off in two parts. Thanks again! Made our 10 year old very happy. We’re working on creating the diamond sword now. Happy mining!!! Happy Hallowen!

    Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink
  80. Samuel Pulsipher wrote:

    Thanks a bunch for your initial idea but one of my younger cousins wanted a creeper head too so i got the creeper png out of my minecraft.jar put it in flash of all things traced the bitmap and to make a long story short made mimic files like your steve head with the exception of no stretched pixels for shaping. So good luck with theses files i found that it you printed the wrap around at 225% it was the most similar to the ten page reader format that Steve showed us (too many steves!) so good luck
    Creeper wrap around:

    Creeper top of head:

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  81. Aide wrote:

    Thank you so much for providing this at no cost! Big fan of homemade costumes and you made my son’s Halloween!!! Well mine too because I’m usually the one who has to make his unique costume requests! We went w the foam sword from think geek and his costume was a BIG hit at Mickey’s Halloween at
    Disneyland! Can’t wait till
    Halloween night. Can’t thank you

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  82. Ted wrote:

    link to whole costume and creeper costume links and pick axe link

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  83. Ted wrote:

    Mincraft PickAxs

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  84. Wolf wrote:

    Thanks! Gonna cut the whole eye-ball out and replace it with see-through fabric to make it into Herobrine :D

    And Extra points for still being active a year after posting this! :DDD

    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  85. AM wrote:

    Thank you for saving Halloween for my son!

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 5:44 am | Permalink
  86. Darin wrote:

    my 6 year old’s halloween costume, thank you

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 6:10 am | Permalink
  87. Laura wrote:

    Thanks! You are a lifesaver for those who procrastinate! Everything worked out perfectly, even the printing. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Halloween!

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:06 am | Permalink
  88. Cyndi wrote:

    This is awesome. I have been procrastinating making my son’s “Steve” costume because I was going to make it using little squares of paper. This just saved me a bunch of time. Thank you!!!

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink
  89. Caren wrote:

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting this. It was so simple to print and it looks amazing. My son is thrilled with his halloween costume. :)

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  90. Caren wrote:

    There is a pickaxe DIY at

    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  91. Jenn wrote:

    I just wanted to thank you, and offer a tip!!! I made two of these heads; one was a trial.

    Instead of glue sticks, use Modge Podge! I went through SO many glue sticks, and the edges still kept coming up in places. With the 2nd head, I was diligent about gluing all around the edges, and gluing the box and the paper before attaching.

    I was using the Modge Podge to seal the paper, in case it is raining on Halloween. Then, when I was making the pickaxe, I decided to try using it as the glue for the backside of the pickaxe. I applied it using a 2″ foam brush.

    It is WAYYYYY easier, WAAYYY faster, and sticks so much better!!!! It seriously took half the time that the glue sticks did, and with better results. It was my first time ever using Modge Podge, so I truthfully had no idea it was also a glue until I read it on the bottle. LOL I always thought it was used to seal/protect things.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  92. Sarah Williams wrote:

    Thank you – this is brilliant! My son is beside himself with excitement.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  93. Sharon wrote:

    Thank you so much for this template. It really saved me. Also, for the body I have a box that is just a bit bigger than my son’s body and cut out arm and head holes and opens like a clam shell. I just pulled a t-shirt over it and it’s perfect!

    Thanks again.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
  94. Serene wrote:

    Thank You so much for sharing your craft! My son is turning 8 & loves that he can be Steve for Halloween.
    I did the expensive option and had the long sheet printed at Kinko’s since I was short on time & my printer isn’t awesome (my browns were more green).
    I did two extra steps once the head was printed & glued. I covered the whole thing in plastic wrap because where I live Halloween is always rainy & I cut ear holes so my son could hear us better. He appreciated that.
    The head is large and moves around a lot so for a quick fix I put a kids football helmet underneathe & the box on top, it prevented it from moving around much.
    Once I had more time my husband cut up some extra cardboard and put some foam around a head opening so it would do essentially the same thing, prevent slipping and such. You can get the foam inexpensive at a hardware store. We used it to wrap the edges of our glass coffee table when our kids were little, it has adhesive on one side and looks almost like a tube – dark grey.
    Thanks again Steve. We really appreciate you sharing!!!

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  95. Quinn's Mom wrote:

    STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS: (CHEAP version, lol!!!) FYI… Whole project cost me under 3 Dollars (I’m estimating my tape cost, because the box was only 67 cents at WalMart,) Estimated time: Took me about 4 hours.
    Materials I used: Home inkjet color printer, regular printer paper, Xacto knife (for cutting out eyes,) and 2 kinds of tape: CLEAR 3/4″ scotch tape (NOT that cheap “invisible” tape,)for attaching artwork to the box, and CLEAR packing tape, for covering and finishing up at the very end to make “waterproof.”
    FIRST thing, I bought the box at Walmart. Actually I bought two just in case – since they were so cheap (67 cents.) I couldn’t find the right size mentioned in this website, but I got one that Was 12x12x10.5″ …[the original Minecraft head file from this article worked fine (at first I thought I'd have to scale bigger, but it worked with only a small bit of modification at the end, which i'll explain later.)]
    Next I printed out the head to my color inkjet printer at home. I used regular 8.5 x 11 paper. It tiled automatically from Adobe Acrobat Pro to my printer, so again I didn’t need to do anything except hit “print.”
    Next I lined the 8 sheets up on my table in order (kinda like a puzzle!), so i could see what needed to go where, and to have them ready when I wanted to attach them. I left them there to “dry” since all that ink makes the paper damp. Will get back to them…
    … in the meantime …
    Next I prepared the box: I taped the box together since it came flat from the store. I used clear packing tape that I already have at home for taping up packages: (It’s the 2″ clear packing tape.) I was sure to tape it well, making it as stable/solid as i could. The taped/closed side would be the top of my Steve Head.
    Next, The open/bottom flaps of the box I folded up and inside the box, figuring this would give the box added stability. (I would tape them well LATER, after I cut the eyes out.)
    Now I took the piece of the “puzzle” that had the FACE picture, and carefully cut out the left and bottom edge of it, and positioned it on the left and bottom side of one side of the box (pick any side; I chose one that was very square and smooth.)
    Next, using the regular scotch tape (easy to use and quick,) I taped down that first piece in place.
    BEFORE cutting out the eyes next … ESTIMATE where the eyes will go through, and TRIM THE INSIDE FLAP under where the eyes will go, so that you don’t have to cut through two layers of box.
    SO NEXT, after the flap is trimmed, I taped that flap down on the inside, and the other 3 flaps, too.
    NEXT I carefully cut out the eye holes with an Xacto knife (utility knife would have worked fine, too.) I taped down the edges… and from the outside to the inside through the eye holes… being careful to keep the tape flat and smooth. I didn’t tape completely …. just the edges… because I planned to TAPE OVER the entire surface at the end. So again, tape the face in place, tape the eye holes well… and move on.
    Next I cut off the white edges of the next piece (going left to right around the box,) lining up the edges and taping the pieces in place. I just trimmed carefully the bottom and left of each piece (to save time,) and just overlap the next piece onto the white edge of the previous one alredy taped to the box.
    Eventually I fit all pieces on, taping as necessary. HINT: at one point, the bottom edge seemed to be going down too far, so I stopped and attached the piece to the LEFT of the face, so that any misalignments would end up in the back and not matter so much.
    When I had it all on, there was only a vertical strip of uncovered area about 2″ wide in the back (remember, my box was bigger than this website used.) The printout of the TOP of the head can be printed twice for this purpose… for extra dark paper.)
    The top row of print outs fit well, with only about 3/4″ left at the top, which I folded onto the top and taped well.
    Then I printed out and taped on the “Top of The Head” part.
    LAST THING…. and it took a while, too ;) was to use the packing tape to carefully lay strip upon strip across all surfaces, overlapping about 1/4″ and pressing down carefully. I also taped the inside flaps down well.
    VOILA!!!! A great Steve Head for CHEAP!

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  96. Karma wrote:

    Here is a link to a free pdf Creeper head. It fits a 12 x 12 box…kind of. I used full length labels, cut them to size and it turned out pretty good. Might have to copy and paste the links to get them to work. Free to use. No affiliation with Minecraft:


    Feel free to post : )

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink
  97. Laura N. wrote:

    Thank you! This PDF w/instructions; 2 lamp boxes; 1 file storage box; 2 rolls of tape(blk & wht); spray paint; a red rose and my son was ‘Steve’ in his tux skin….Thank you!!!!!!!! The head made ALL the difference…

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:31 am | Permalink
  98. Mendy wrote:

    Your files saved us last night!! My 6th grader didn’t decide until just after school that he wanted to dress up. (He’s at THAT age!) And – of course – he wanted to be something Minecraft-related. I never could have come up with anything at that late notice on my own. I’m so very, very glad you posted those PDF files! They were perfect and came together beautifully! Thank you, thank you!!

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink
  99. MommaBerd wrote:

    We made these for two of my boys for Halloween – they were AWESOME!!! I wish I could post a picture. Thanks so much for providing the file!!!

    Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  100. Sadie wrote:

    Thank you so much for the template!! I pulled it into PSE and made each side of the box it’s own file. We had an 8.5″ square box from Amazon so I had to size it down. It worked perfectly!

    Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  101. Irene wrote:

    Thanks so much for the PDF files… My son loved his costume, he said it was his best so far!

    Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink
  102. bob wrote:

    this is so cool you rock no doubt about it

    Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:17 am | Permalink
  103. Stephanie wrote:

    This worked wonderfully! Thanks for posting this. My son’s 10th birthday party was a success. I would love to share some pictures with you. I also made creeper t-shirts, diamond swords and had a scavenger hunt. Our party was a success! I made 7 heads! Took me fricken forever but it was fun to do.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  104. Leanne wrote:

    It worked really well thank u

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink
  105. Michael wrote:

    How would one do this but with their custom minecraft skin? I tried with but i couldn’t convert it to a pdf to do this. maybe leave a template of pixels?

    Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
  106. Michael wrote:

    Because i need to go to the next minecon in style 8)

    Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  107. Renee wrote:

    Thank you for your help I don’t know how I didn’t discover this till now but it’s awesome I made my own and every one loved it!!!

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink
  108. april deadrich wrote:

    awesome! thank you

    Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  109. Woah. Thank you SOOOO much!!! One thing; The Steve head skin is outdated. See the dark boat (crafting recipe) shape? That’s not a smile, it’s a goatee, but that was from the older versions of Minecraft. Could you update it to the recent one? (If not, that’s ok)


    P.S: Gonna wear it for spirit week next year in middle school! :D


    Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink
  110. caitlin wrote:

    my mom is the money kind of person and so i was gonna buy a head sword and pickaxe for $60 but she said no so i am gonna convice her that this is cheaper which it is. Im making a body to go with it but i do still want to buy the sword and pickaxe. I will send a picture of the costume once its done and then comic con awaits me im in free 12 and under im 11 i know omg a girl crafter PEACE!!!!!!

    Monday, February 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink
  111. LAURA wrote:

    Thank you so much. My youngest game home from school and said, Mum can I have a Minecraft head for school tomorrow. Oh yes easy peasy. You saved my life. tks.

    Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 1:28 am | Permalink
  112. David wrote:

    I want to be Steve for Halloween

    Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  113. BRIAN DONKIN wrote:

    thanks very much goes down well with my grandson

    Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  114. Cesar wrote:

    Ho my goodness!!! I just had them printed. This is going to be a surprise for my son. We are having his birthday this weekend and I am excited to tell you that I am coming as Steve and with his minecraft birthday cake. I didn’t liek this this but I am getting now hooked at it, LOL I’ll sahere some videos later. Thank you for your ideas, this is looking great.

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
  115. Elisabeth wrote:

    Thanks for generously sharing your hard work to make this easy for the rest of us! I easily printed using your instructions, and I’ll be picking up a box tonight. My step-son will love it!!

    Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  116. Catherine Lorraine wrote:

    This is great, thanks so much. My son was adamant on purchasing the Steve head from, no thanks!!

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  117. Tracy H wrote:

    AWESOME!! Thank you so much for posting and sharing this wonderful how to!! For us unimaginative and uncrafty this was perfect!!

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink
  118. Miranda wrote:

    Thank you so very much for making this tutorial! So very helpful!

    Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  119. todocraft wrote:

    is a good

    Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  120. Zack Rinkliff wrote:

    Thank You so much!

    Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  121. Jake wrote:

    Is it possible to make your own characters head instead of the simple Steve head?

    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  122. Mikey Pena wrote:

    Hello, While i was browsing the inter-webs i have FINALLY come across your site and am SO EXCITED I COULD ACTUALLY DO THIS, and since Minecon 2013 in Orlando, FL is coming up I thought I’d Prepare.. and ONE THING I need is MY OWN Minecraft Head… As Much as I like Steve I’d Like to Use my own skin.. but I have tried countless times to take my PNG file and make a head version and crop and upscale it, when i converted it to PDF if didn’t work out well so I need YOUR HELP “Steve” can you make a head file for me if possible???? If not it’s okay, IF SO….. Here’s a link to download My Skin PNG File, same as the char one but edited.

    Thanks In Advance,
    Mikey Pena

    THE LINK FOR THE SKIN IS HERE…………………………………………….

    Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

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