Looking for a great way to scare the neighbors this Halloween? Try making this fun Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow Halloween Prop for your front yard this season. Change a happy craft store scarecrow into a creepy pumpkin scarecrow! For more creepy props see my Halloween page
YAY! 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.
This is one of those happy scarecrows 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.
Spooky Pumpkin Scarecrow
Make sure your scarecrow, if you aren’t using the one am, has 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 leftover 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.)
Turn your scarecrow over, cut a small hole in the back of the jacket and push the bamboo pole end through the fabric. Glue the small dowel inside the bamboo poles 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 on the 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. 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 large enough for the dowel to fit through. Place the pumpkin head on the dowel, add hot glue it at the base so it won’t 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 and center of my front yard at Halloween each year!
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