The Scarecrow

Like a giant sentry standing guard against the legions of masked marauders that descend upon our fair homestead, the pumpkin king provides tasty treats to the interlopers in exchange for their deference.  Ok, that may be waxing poetic a bit, but I’ve always wanted to build a giant Pumpkin King prop to mount to the side of our garage to welcome the neighborhood kids to our house on Halloween. Most of the ones that I’ve seen involve using vines to create the body, and while I think that those tend to look more realistic, there’s just no way that I see myself gathering all of the vine necessary to pull it off.  That’s why the DemonWare Scarecrow tutorial appeals to me, because with a pvc frame, I could actually see myself getting this one done.  You can still use vines to fill in the gaps, but it’s not the major component here.  The best part is you can make this prop as tall as your house if you want (although the size of the pumpkin may make it look a bit disproportionate if you do).

 

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Items needed to complete this include:

  • 20 feet of PVC pipe
  • PVC Fittings: (2) tees, (2) 45° Angle, 2 straight
  • 2 Yards of crinkled cotton (or other cheap material)
  • Fake Pumpkin
  • Sticks- 6 long ones for fingers, 6-8 short ones for ribs
  • Screws
  • Paint (to cover PVC)
  • Raffia (found at local craft store)
  • Wire
  • RIT Dye, 2 boxes of purple or black
  • 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket

Optional Materials:

  • Large cardboard box
  • Leaves
  • 50 lbs of sand
  • Eye hooks
  • 5ft 1/2 – 3/4 in metal pipe
  • PVC and connectors for stand
 

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