For 2006, I
decided to make a knock-off of PumpkinRot's famous scarecrow. This
is what I ended up with.
I didn't take many pictures of the process because I didn't intend
to do a how-to on it, but I was asked by several people if I had
some instructions.... so.... here it is!
started with a plastic cauldron and covered it just over halfway
with aluminum foil. I taped the foil to the cauldron with masking
tape. Then I used watered down wood glue and my *oh-so-handy* yellow
pages to paper mache over the foil.
I put like 6 layers of paper/glue over the top half. When that was
all dry, I used some heavy duty snips to cut it off. I taped it
together where I had to cut it to get it off, then papered over that
a couple of times.
Then I started on making the other half of the pumpkin using the
same technique. I used some "slave labor" for this part.
When the second half was dry, I cut it off, taped it up, taped it to
the other half and papered over it a couple of times. I drew the
face I wanted on the pumpkin with a marker, and then cut it out with
some snips. I made sure to cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin
so I could access the inside of it. I papered a couple of layers
INSIDE the pumpkin as well.
I took a 2 foot length of 14 gauge wire and poked one end of the
wire through the top of the pumpkin and bent it around a couple of
times so it wouldn't come out. Then I twisted some newspaper around
it to make the stem. I used some wood glue and smeared it on and
into the twists of the stem to keep it in place. After the glue was
dry, I coated the entire pumpkin with a couple of coats of liquid
I used some paper towels to make the wrinkles and texture. I just
painted the latex onto the paper towels with a brush on an old
plate, and then draped the paper towel over the pumpkin and kind of
wrinkled and squished it around until I got it how I wanted it. I
used half sized sheets of paper towels, one ply.
When I was satisfied with the look, I coated the whole thing with
another 2 layers of latex, inside and out. Then I used some black
exterior house paint (love those Oooops specials!) and gave the
inside two coats of paint, and the outside one coat.
I used a cup of latex and some acrylic craft paints to get the
orange color and painted it with 2 thin layers. The black paint
still showed through, which looked pretty cool. Then I took some
brown paint and painted the stem. I used some olive-greenish paint
to dry brush on the stem, then dry brushed some black a little on the
I dry brushed some dark brown all over the pumpkin to give it some
texture and some of that good ol' rotten look. And that's it! All
done 'til he gets a body.
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