Building 8' Tall Pumpkin Sentinels
Plastic Pumpkin, PVC, Tree Limbs, Vines, and Spray Paint
Materials needed are plastic pumpkin with a pre-carved face, PVC, black spray paint, tree limbs, paper bags, plastic grocery bags, sprinkler tubing, duck tape, plastic wrap, and a heat gun.
Using the paper bags and duck tape, make long stems on top of each of the pumpkins.
Use paper towels to mask off your pumpkin and spray paint your new stem a dark green color.
Repeat this last step for every pumpkin you have.
Decorate the pumpkin with spray paint.
Here are how ours turned out.
Once the spray paint has finished drying, a nice finish that we went with was to paint the inside edges of the eyes, nose, and mouth with black craft paint.
Now it is time to make your sentinel body! For this, you are going to need the PVC and sprinkler tubing we mentioned earlier. To start off, make a frame for the body out of PVC, like the one shown above. You can either spray paint it first, or do it after wrapping the frame in plastic.
Try putting your pumpkin head onto the PVC frame before going any further to make sure that your design will work!
To create the fingers, we duck taped 4 short pieces of PVC together onto the end of the arm we had created.
Then, using the heat gun, melt the PVC pieces to create knuckles.
To create the rib cage, we used sprinkler tubing and lots of duck tape. We decided to go with a simple yet effective look, but you can create however many ribs as you want your prop to have.
Once your ribs are done, wrap it in the plastic wrap.
Now, use the heat gun again to melt the plastic so that it shrinks around the ribs. Be careful to not burn any holes in the tubing, though!
After it has shrunk, go back over the ribs with spray paint.
For the arms, you will need to collect tree limbs and sticks.
Tape the sticks on the fingers, using plastic grocery bags as reinforcement.
Your fingers should end up looking something like this.
Now, run sticks down the lengths of the arms, and wrap these in plastic wrap, and use the heat gun just like before.
Similar to how we did the ribs, spray paint the arms and fingers once you like the outcome.
Once you finish with everything, be sure to give your own Pumpkin Sentinel a few finishing touches, and.... You're done!
After those last finishing touches and getting them set up in the proper area - you're done!