Sleepy Hollow Scarecrow! Life-size static prop UNDER $10! With photos!
I have been in LOVE with Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" for years now and have found the scarecrow featured at the beginning of the film to be especially creepy but was just waiting for the perfect year to make said prop. Last year, we did a Sleepy Hollow themed gathering and used our prop to mark the entrance to a rather difficult to spot, driveway. Here's how you can achieve this large prop easily.
You will need:
1 artificial pumpkin
1 tall staff-like
A craft/ construction razor
Flat black paint
Dark cheesecloth or other lightweight dark material
1. Take your artificial pumpkin, and using you screwdriver detach the inside and light bulb components from the pumpkin so that you have only the foam/ plastic insides to work with.
2. This next part takes a little creativity, take your pencil and mark what parts of your pumpkin can be removed to create a more sinister look. I sharpened all the teeth, widened the smile, and lengthened the eye holes bringing them closer to the nose hole. I recommend using a pencil so you can wash off any mistakes. Keep in mind that there is very little you can do to add back what you take away.
3. Then, take your razor and cut out the parts you have shaded.
4. Then take your flat black paint and spray or brush on the whole inside of the pumpkin. Make sure not to get too much over-spray on the outside of the pumpkin.
5. Next, take a small brush, (you can't do this with spray) paint the inside edges of the eyes, nose and mouth. This will also serve to cover the difference of where you did and didn't cut into your pumpkin. Also make sure to get the stem.
6. Next take a very small amount of black paint and stipple on black paint all over the pumpkin. Try not to over do it but if you stipple on a small amount at a time, it's pretty easy. You can also stipple on brown and grey tones as well for a more realistic look but it is not necessary. Stipple thicker where the darker, indented portions of the pumpkin are creating the illusion of shadow, be careful not to create too harsh of a line.
7. Allow the pumpkin to dry.
8. Re attach the innards.
Now you could stop here, as you now have a pretty wicked looking pumpkin OR you could go on to create an amazing scarecrow with very little effort.
9. Now take a tall, thicker branch (the body) and two shorter branches (the arms) and create the figure of a man and duct ape them until they are sturdy and resemble a human being. You might be able to use a couple screws but I didn't need them.
10. Take some shorter sticks (between 5" and 8") and duct tape them going across the main stick (body) as to loosely resemble ribs. It is important to remember that creating this "body" is not an exact science and trying to make the ribs and arms exact will not only frustrate you, but won't look right.
11. You're ALMOST DONE! Take your bailing twine and wrap, crisscrossing where you need to, the areas where you have used duct tape. You can also you paint if you have to.
12. You don't nessisarily need this step ( I don't even have a photo of my scarecrow with it) but it does help the look some. Take so dark cheese cloth or other distressed lightweight fabric and drape over the body to create the look of a cloak. We actually used a left over from a pirate costume but we know most people don't have that lying around
13. Finally, cut a hole and attach your pumpkin head!
Our scarecrow was about 7 foot of awesome and it cost us next to nothing, we already (as many of you do) had a lot of craft leftovers that made it REALLY cheap. I bought the pumpkin at a garage sale for a dollar! Everything else I had on hand!
This is my first tutorial here so I hoped you liked! Sorry for the crap quality of the photos towards the end. View my album for more photos of this project!