Pumpkins are synonymous with fall. Halloween decorations include carved pumpkins, and Thanksgiving centerpieces often feature small pumpkins. Make a scarecrow out of pumpkins for a fall outdoor display. A pumpkin head scarecrow features a large pumpkin for the head, with clothes stuffed with leaves or hay for the body. A full scarecrow features smaller pumpkins that fit inside clothes to make up the body.
Full Pumpkin Scarecrow
Gather at least four pumpkins that are small enough to fit into old clothes for each scarecrow. One should be smaller than the rest to serve as the head.
Put one pumpkin in the top of a pair of old pants and place it on a flat surface near the edge. Drape the legs of the pants over the edge to make the scarecrow look like it is sitting down.
Drive half of a 6-inch skewer into the pumpkin by tapping the skewer gently with a hammer. Then place a second pumpkin on top of the skewer. Puncture the bottom of this pumpkin with a carving tool to make the skewer go in easily. Place another skewer in this pumpkin and attach the third body pumpkin to the stack.
Drive two sticks into the sides of the top pumpkin with a hammer to make arms. Place an old shirt around the pumpkins and over the arms and button it up.
Drive another skewer in the top pumpkin to attach the head. Carve out the head with a pumpkin carving tool or draw on facial features with a marker. Puncture the bottom of this pumpkin and place the head on the top skewer.
Stuff the legs and arms of the scarecrow with leaves or straw. Place an old hat on the head, with hay underneath it to serve as hair. Attach the hat and hair with a skewer or staples.
Pumpkin Head Scarecrow
Cut a piece of 1-by-2 lumber so that it is 1 1/2 feet longer than the clothes you will be using. Cut another piece that is slightly shorter than the sleeve length. Place the shorter piece horizontally across the longer one and attach it with a wood screw.
Place a shirt over the crosspiece and stuff it with hay or leaves. Put the vertical piece of lumber down one leg of a pair of pants and pull up the pants to meet the shirt. Stuff the pants with hay or leaves as well. Tuck the shirt into the pants and join them with a needle and thread.
Dig a small hole in the ground with a shovel. Drive the bottom of the vertical piece of lumber into the ground at least 1 foot with a hammer. Fill in the hole.
Carve or draw facial features on the pumpkin head with a rotary carving tool or a marker. Cut a hole in the pumpkin and fit it over the vertical lumber so that it sits on the shoulders.
Things You'll Need:
- Pumpkins of various sizes
- Old clothes
- 6-inch skewers
- Rotary carving tool
- Leaves or straw
- Staple gun and staples
- 1-by-2 lumber
- Wood screw
- Needle and thread
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