Make This Pumpkin Headed Doll For Halloween
When Halloween time comes around, it's always fun to create some
decorative Halloween crafts. Here's another example of an easy to make
Halloween wood craft that really helps get folks into the goblin mode.
The Parts You'll Need Are:|
A 1 1/2 inch diameter Styrofoam ball
A 1 1/4 inch candle cup
An 1/8 inch to 3/16 inch diameter wood dowel
Two 1/2 inch diameter wooden balls
Two 3/8 inch x 2 inch (or so) tie rack pegs
Two 7/8 inch (or so) split egg wood pieces
Two round toothpicks
A green craft pipe cleaner
Optional - a green bead to hold pipe cleaner
In addition to the parts in the illustration, you'll need a drill or rotary
tool with a few small bits, a small saw or craft knife,
some craft glue, some craft paint, and of course paint brushes.
First, Make The Doll's Head And Body
The first step is to drill a few holes in the Styrofoam ball and the
candle cup, which make up the Halloween craft's head and body. Start by
cutting a 1/2 inch length of your wooden dowel. If your dowel doesn't quite
fit into the small hole in the end of the candle cup, drill the hole out to
the proper size. Then drill the same diameter hole about 1/4 inch deep into
the Styrofoam ball. The length of dowel you cut will be used to attach the
head to the body.
Next, select a drill bit the diameter of the toothpicks. Use a drill or
rotary tool with this bit to drill two holes through the candle cup as
indicated. The holes should be about 1/4 inch from the ends of the candle
Add Arms And Legs To The Halloween Pumpkin Headed Doll
To make arms, cut off two 1 1/2 inch lengths of the thin dowel. Then,
at about 1/4 inch from one end of the dowels, drill a hole using the
toothpick diameter bit you used to drill through the candle cup. This will
let you slip the dowels onto the top toothpick, making arms.
After you glue the arms to the toothpicks, you can trim off the
extra length of the toothpicks with a craft knife.
You'll notice that the body is already painted in this image. You may also
want to paint the body the base color after drilling the toothpick holes,
because it's more difficult to paint the entire body when all the other parts
While the pumpkin headed doll arms are mounted to the outside of the candle
cup, the legs are actually suspended from inside the candle cup, using the hole
designed to hold a candle.
The legs are made from the tie rack pegs. As with the arm dowels, drill a
hole about 1/4 inch from the ends of the tie rack pegs using the toothpick
sized drill bit. Hold the drilled end of the tie rack pegs so that they
protrude into the candle cup, then slide a toothpick through the candle cup
holes, passing through the tie rack pegs. Glue the toothpick where it passes
through the candle cup holes, and trim off the excess toothpick.
Give The Pumpkin Headed Doll Hands And Feet
For simple hands, use the 1/2 inch diameter wooden balls. If the ones
you have don't have holes in them, drill a hole into them part way, just
big enough to allow insertion of the arms. The balls I had were pre-drilled,
so I just shaved down the ends of the arms with a craft knife so the ends
would fit into the holes.
The split eggs are used to make feet for your Halloween craft. Just glue
the feet onto the ends of the tie rack pegs, making sure that the flat
side of the split eggs are down. Once the glue is dry, your
pumpkin headed doll will be able to stand.
The Finished Halloween Pumpkin Headed Doll
To finish off your Pumpkin Headed Doll, glue on the head, and glue a length of
green pipe cleaner to the top to represent the stem of your pumpkin. In the
illustration, you can see that I also glued a green bead onto the head at the
base of the pipe cleaner stem. Finally, paint to your taste.
As you can see, my Halloween pumpkin headed doll is wearing his tuxedo, and
is ready for any Halloween party.
Using the parts listed on this web page will give you a doll that stands
about 5 inches tall. You can scale up the size of the parts to make a bigger
doll if you wish.
You can also use a wooden ball for the head if you prefer. I've made dolls
with both Styrofoam heads and wooden heads. The wooden balls are easier to
paint because of their smooth, non-absorbing surface. The Styrofoam balls,
however, make dolls that are less top-heavy, and they stand up better.
Use The Technique To Make Other Dolls
The Halloween craft doll shown on this web page is a handy decoration,
and fun to play with. But you don't have to make just Halloween dolls. The
same technique with a little variation can be used to make other dolls, both
for adornment and for play.
Shown at left is a Girl Doll. With this design, I glued doll hair onto the
head, and added some lace around the bottom of the candle cup to make a pretty
dress. See the Girl Doll
page for another doll making example.