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Deep in the woods there is an old abandoned cemetery. It hasn't been cared for in decades. It's a spooky place I'd dare not visit at night, but in the daylight we were brave enough to visit these once hallowed grounds. The tombstones were overgrown with weeds and trees sprout from the graves. It was unnervingly quiet with the only sounds of our footsteps to break the silence. To our surprise we found pumpkin plants growing wild among the tombstones. Since Halloween was just around the corner we harvested a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern.

We should have left the pumpkin in the cemetery where we found it!

pumpkin surprise by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

pumpkin surprise 2 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

pumpkin surprise 3 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

Materials:
Foam skull from Michael's = $8 (-40% off = $4.80)
~2x1' 1/4" foam = estimate $2
Liquid latex ~1/2 bottle = $8.50
Spider webbing from Big Lots $4 (3/4 pack = $3)
Cotton balls [email protected] $0.01 ea = $0.30
Masking tape (~10' @ $0.02/ft) = $0.20
Oops Paint (orange) and misc acrylic paints = $1
Plastic wrap (~10' @ $0.025/ ft) = $0.25
Coat hanger = free

Total cost = $20.05

I mostly followed Den Haunts Pumpkin Thief How-to for my Pumpkin Surprise.
Wrapped skull in foam padding and then wrapped with spider webbing.
Wrap in plastic wrap to hold in place and used heat gun to tighten plastic.
Used liquid latex to fix unrolled Cotton balls to make ridges on pumpkin.
Used spider webbing over a piece of coat hanger for the stem.
Painted and done.
 

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This is totally RAD!! What a great imaginative prop
 

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I just saw the bugbear drag this under the bed......:googly:

Another lovely addition to our graveyard display:jol:
 

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I've been in old graveyards where trees were growing out of graves and through the shattered glass of crypts--so I can visualize something growing around a skull. Nice realization of your vision!
 

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Oh he's a cool graveyard pumpkin! I like him.
 

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:jol:Wonderful addition to your graveyard Spooky and Roxy! I absolutely LOVE him!!!:D Creative entry Tom, nice going.:)
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. It was a fun prop to make, even if it's a bit messy working with liquid latex. I was happy with how it came out, but I'm sure I could do better on a second try with Denhaunts technique.
 

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OMG! This guy is so awesome! It came out wonderfully!
 

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Thanks, DA. I think it will be a good addition to our dozen or so carved Michael's pumpkins. :)
 

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Spooky1 so cool and one of the best gravestones for Halloween I've seen. I love this, all my favorite things...pumpkins and skulls being enveloped by a pumpkin. Really creative!! :D :D :eek:
 

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Oh WOW Spooky1 - I missed this post completely before. Great job!
 
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