Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow

Pumpkin Scarecrow

Well it’s October!!! Woo! Hoo! The most wonderful time of the year! Time to get my haunt on! This project is an easy one! Aren’t you so tired of the same old decorations year after year in the stores, and the ones in the Halloween pop-up stores are so expensive that they hardly seem worth it. So every year I try to recreate those expensive props by using the old to make new.

Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow


  • Faux Scarecrow
  • Faux pumpkin
  • 5/8 x 36 dowel
  • Hangers
  • Zip ties
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue and gun

This is one of those happy scarecrows, a “Celebrate it”, Harvest Scarecrow from Michaels they have out in the front every year. I decided he would look much better with a face-lift!  He came out awesome! Here’s how I made it~

First with your scarecrow, if you aren’t using the one I did, you will need one with a Bamboo base that goes all the way to the top of his neck. This one was Frankenstein. I liked his outfit the best and I will be sprucing it up too.


Carefully pull his head off. It is hot glued on, but don’t worry we are going to cover up all that left over glue with a scarf.

Choose a faux pumpkin with some character, mine was kind of deformed, but in a good way. Paint a face on your pumpkin with acrylic black paint and let it dry.


Buy a dowel large enough in diameter to fit snug inside the Bamboo hole on the neck end of the scarecrow. Mine was 5/8 x 36″. This is your new head base. (Think of it as a topiary, with a dowel base). Measure/estimate how far inside the pumpkin the dowel needs to be, to be snug. My pumpkin was small on the back side, so I cut it to 5 inches. To cut your dowel take a hacksaw and cut it down. (Don’t worry it’s easy to cut, just secure it in a vice and hack away.)


Next turn your scarecrow over, cut a small hole in the back of the jacket and push Bamboo pole end through fabric. Glue the small dowel inside the Bamboo hole, filling the hole with glue first.


To make his arms stand out I used wire coat hangers. Pull the wire hanger from the center or the hanger. Stretch the hanger out straight making the hook on one end and a point at the other. Insert the end with the hook inside the sleeve of the scarecrow and bend the hook tightly around the bamboo pole inside his jacket. Leaving the pointed other end as an arm. Repeat for other side.


I then bunched up the straw already hanging from his arm and bunched it around the wire hanger to hide it, secure with a zip tie to close to the end of the wire coat hanger.

I wanted him to look old so before I added my head/pumpkin back on, I spray painted the jacket lightly with black paint. Next hold your pumpkin and estimate how you want his head to hang and mark the bottom of the pumpkin. Drill a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, using a large drill bit, {large enough for the dowel to fit through}. Or you can cut a hole with a knife, if you need to. Place the pumpkin head on the dowel, hot glue it at the base so it wont move. You don’t want his head to spin around if it’s windy outside.

I used some spooky black fabric, cut in a strip around 5 inches wide and tied it around his neck to hide the old hardware in his shirt. Hot glue the fabric in place to secure it. And ta-da! He’s got a new look!  This came out too cute and very scary! He sits right out in front in the center of my front yard at Halloween each year!

Check out my other Halloween Decor Ideas~

Black Widow Halloween Costume madeinaday.com

Ghost Town Black Widow ~Halloween Decor Ideas


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7 thoughts on “Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow

  1. Happy Halloween! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow on my blog tonight! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  3. Congrats, Kim! Your post is being featured in our Feature Friday top crafty bloggers post today!! We appreciate you sharing your projects with us!
    We will give you a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest shout out today! Have a great weekend and we can’t wait to see what you share with us in the new Saturday Showcase!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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