Last minute decorations are always fun…
Look what Amelia & I created last night?! A Scary Pumpkin Man on a Stake! (That’s the best name I could come up with for this Halloween craft.)
The best part about this crafty decoration is that it literally cost us nothing to create. It was FREE! I found all the supplies laying in, out, and around our house. Even the pumpkin was free thanks to extra nice USPS mail customers.
Next Halloween I would LOVE to make a whole family of scary pumpkin people!! Wouldn’t that be an awesome yard decoration? Perfect for trick-or-treaters too.
- 1 pumpkin
- 1 long stake (1″ x 2″ x 8′ lumber works well)
- 2 small pieces of lumber or sticks for arms
- 2 nails
- string/yarn for hair
- paint or markers
- sharp object to pierce pumpkin
This is such a easy, fun project. Creative designs are unlimited!
1. Prep the Stake
Cut a 45 degree angle (or less) on both ends of the large stake. This makes it a lot easier to spear the stake into the ground and pumpkin.
2. Nail on the Two Arms
Nail the two small pieces of wood to the back of the long stake. You want the pumpkin to rest on one of the arms so it doesn’t fall all the way down the stake. Keep that in mind when placing the arms!
3. Hammer the Stake into the Ground
Figure out where you want to place your pumpkin man and hammer the stake into the ground.
Note: This is a good time to paint the wood too if you want. You won’t have to wait for the stake to dry before decorating. We aren’t especially known for our patience, so painting & waiting an hour for the wood to dry was NOT an option! 🙂
4. Place the Pumpkin Man Head
Find a sharp object to pierce the bottom of the pumpkin. Then, place the pumpkin head on top of the stake.
5. Create the Pumpkin Man Face
We started out using permanent black markers and ended up switching to black spray paint instead. The markers were not standing out as boldly as we wanted. We really liked the drippy paint effect to make our pumpkin man scarier!
6. Add Hair
Spray paint the hair if desired. Wrap and tie it around the pumpkin stem. (No, I didn’t wait for the string to dry. Yes, my hands were covered in black paint.)
Decorate around your Pumpkin Man and take pictures!
Want to know something funny?
All the pumpkins we used for this Halloween scene were either already starting to mold or they were pecked to death by chickens. Even the head of Pumpkin Man was starting to mold! We didn’t want to sacrifice too many good pumpkins from our deck to make this display! All the big pumpkins are turned to cover their mold spots. After Halloween, they will move to the compost and the remaining good ones will be opened to bake pumpkin seeds. If the chickens don’t ruin any more pumpkins, we might even share another good one with them! 🙂