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DIY Halloween Pumpkin Goblins

The front flower bed is overgrown and starting to head downhill. My latest Halloween creations, the Pumpkin Goblins are in need of a home so it’s perfect timing.

garden stake turned onto a Halloween garden sculpture with a small fake pumpkin, trash bag and zip ties standing in a late summer garden

They look perfectly at home among the declining cone flowers and creeping weeds. I’ve already set up a few skeletons and one giant clothesline spider web to set the mood and they’re fitting right in.

This is another one of those projects that I came up with on the fly. I’ve seen similar stuff in the store but always cheap quality and still more money than I ever want to pay.

A quick Michael’s trip ended up with small fake pumpkins in need of a home. They were on sale for $4, further solidifying my belief that you never pay full price for anything at Michael’s.

garden stakes turned onto a Halloween garden sculpture with a small fake pumpkin, trash bag and zip ties standing in a late summer garden

I needed to make another stop at Lowe’s for a few random bits and bobs and I grabbed 4 ft metal fence posts. Usually you put 8-12 inches into the ground so your goblins will be about 3 feet tall.

The other supplies are all things I had hanging around the house. The wire is left over from an old fence that was here when I moved in. A wire hanger doubled up should work, you’re only holding up a garbage bag after all.

The bags I used were Lawn & Garden bags from the Dollar General, they’re a little but bigger than regular garbage bags. I turned the bags inside out so the side seams were smooth. You can cut the ties off the bottom if they bother you but I just tucked mine under.

garden stake turned onto a Halloween garden sculpture with a small fake pumpkin, trash bag and zip ties standing in a late summer garden

Pumpkin Goblin Supplies:

How to Make a Pumpkin Goblin:

sharpie face on fake pumpkin

1. Draw two triangles for eyes and a jagged line for the mouth. Fill in the eyes and the smile.

2. Flip the pumpkin over and cut a hole for the post. You can hold trace the post on the bottom for a close fit. You aren’t using anything other than friction to keep the heads on so don’t hack in a giant hole.

wire bent over and covered in duct tape

3. Cut a piece of wire a bit longer than the width of the garbage bag. Bend the ends of the wire over a few inches and cover with the duct tape. It gives the ‘hands’ a little shape and keeps them from poking through the bag.

metal fence post with wire arms zip tied on

4. Secure the wire by running a few zip ties through the hole in the post. It might wiggle a bit.

5. Stick the post in the ground. Flip the bag inside out and place it over the post so the hand loops are in the corners of the bag.

6. Slide the head onto the post trying not to rip the bag

7. Bend the arm wire until you’re happy

garden stake turned onto a Halloween garden pumpkin goblin with a small fake pumpkin, trash bag and zip ties standing in a late summer garden

8. Put another zip tie around the waist to give the goblin some shape

Once you get going it’s pretty easy to knock out a whole army of Halloween garden Pumpkin Goblins! I’ve got two out there and I’m already planning on adding a larger one and another baby.

When it’s time to take down the decorations snip the zip tie around the waist, pull off the head, toss the bag and store the rest for next year.

I ended up pulling mine out the the garden in mid-January and they’re still in great shape, ready to go back in the ground.

Yield: 1 Goblin

Pumpkin Golbins

garden stake turned onto a Halloween garden sculpture with a small fake pumpkin, trash bag and zip ties standing in a late summer garden

Turn simple supplies into adorable Pumpkin Goblins with mischievous smiles drawn on fake pumpkins. You can whip up an entire army in an afternoon without spending a fortune

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5-$10

Materials

  • Small Fake Pumpkin
  • Stiff Wire
  • Duck Tape
  • Black Zipties
  • Black Lawn & Garden Garbage Bag
  • 4 ft Metal Fence Post

Tools

  • Black Sharpie
  • Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hammer

Instructions

  1. Draw a face on the pumpkin with the black sharpie
  2. Cut a hole in the bottom using the knife, make the hole just big enough to fit the metal post inside
  3. Cut a piece of wire slightly wider than the bag. Fold the ends over and cover with duck tape. This will keep the wire from poking through the bags
  4. Zip tie the arm wire to the post using the holes in the post. It's fine of it wiggles a bit you just don't want it to fly off
  5. Hammer the post into the ground
  6. Flip the bag inside out and place it over the post, adjust so the arm loops are in the corners of the bag
  7. Wiggle the head onto the post, be gentle so you don't rip the bag
  8. Move the arms around to give the goblin some individuality
  9. Place another ziptie around the waist to gibe the goblin a less blobby shape

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