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Spooky DIY Scarecrow Jack-O-Lantern Craft

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Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!

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DIY Scarecrow Jack-O-Lantern

Over the years, I've collected a few trick-or-treat buckets. My teenager is too old for this fun holiday tradition, and these pumpkins have patiently waited in my garage for a new purpose. This year I finally got to the task.

The jack-o-lantern face on this pumpkin isn't my favorite, so I gave him a little makeover. What started out as an idea for a spooky plant quickly turned into a spooky scarecrow. I'm thrilled with the result of this piece, and I think you will be too!

I always intend to create new pieces from old things I have lying around the house. Chances are, you already have the items on hand. If not, swap out whatever you don't have for something you do. That's the true beauty and fun of these crafts.

Materials needed

Materials needed

Materials Needed

  • Plastic Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin
  • Dremel
  • Utility knife
  • Acrylic paint - Burnt Umber and Nutmeg Brown
  • An old cloth
  • Burlap
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Spiderwebbing
  • Plastic spiders

Steps 1–5

1. Remove the handle from your bucket.

2. Use a Dremel to cut out the face pieces. Clean up the edges with a utility knife.

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3. Once all your pieces are cut out, assess your pumpkin's face. I didn't think mine was spooky enough. Using my utility knife, I made the eyes bigger and the smile both wider and sharper. Once you are satisfied with how your face looks, wash the pumpkin to get all the plastic residue off. Dry it with a towel.

4. Combine a bit of Burnt Umber, and Nutmeg Brown paint in a bowl. Add a little water to dilute and mix well.

5. Paint your pumpkin using your diluted mix. Then use an old cloth to lightly rub off some of the paint. Work in circular motions. Let your pumpkin dry completely, then repeat.

Steps 6–11

6. Cut your burlap to size and hot glue it to the inside of your pumpkin, covering the face holes.

7. Use a needle and your utility knife to lightly distress the burlap.

8. Take extra pieces of burlap, distress them, and then hot glue to the sides of your pumpkin.

9. Cut strips of burlap in varying lengths and widths to hot glue around the top of your pumpkin. Work in sections, distressing the burlap as you go.

10. For the final touches, stretch the spider web across your pumpkin. Add a few spiders.

11. If you'd like, put battery-operated LED lights inside to up the spookiness. Display as part of your Halloween decor!

© 2022 Alyssa

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