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I have always loved the Pumpkin Sentinels I've seen everyone make on the forum and decided I needed one in our haunt. I have to thank GhostTown for the amazingly detailed "Ode de Pumpkinrot" tutorial. Here's what I came up with, thanks to all the inspiration I've seen on the forum.

Pumpkin form for paper mache. Made out of a pillow covered in garbage bags and strapped with tape. The vine attachment is a spool of solder wire, which was nice and heavy and made an indentation just like you'd see on the top of a pumpkin.
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Seven layers of newspaper mache later and here's what I had. I cut open the rear of the pumpkin to pull out the pillow. Carved the jack-o-lantern face out with a knife. I covered the carved out face with painters tape because I filled the inside with great stuff foam to give the mache extra rigidity, and I didn't want it to leak out of the carved areas.
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Great stuff interior. I just re-attached the cut out piece using more mache.
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Sentinel body using PVC and 1/2" irrigation tubing for ribs. I also added a "spine" shape made from chicken wire scrap that I mached with paper towels.
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Lucked out at the Home Depot reject paint table with a cheap gallon of the perfect orange paint!
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The sentinel head is lit up using a small twist on led that fits in the base of the head where it attaches to the PVC neck.
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And here is my Sentinel with his ghost friend, watching over the cemetery on Halloween night.
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Really well done! Very creepy.
 
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Love this!!! I started something similar last year but didn't begin to get it finished. I like how you put the spray foam in for rigidity... I used chicken wire as my frame and someone banged it up pretty bad.
 
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Nice work!
Thank you Nightfisher! I have to thank you for your tutorial on how you made your cemetery sign. I used it to make this one for our cemetery. Even my husband was impressed =)

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And the finished product!
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WickedWino that sign is spectacular!!! I will definitely be checking out nightfisher's tutorial!
 
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