Add something unique, interesting, and durable to your Halloween decor with a DIY Skeleton Pumpkin! Perfect to spruce up your indoor and outdoor space for Halloween, these also are flexible and can easily double for fall decor.
The possibilities are endless with this shockingly simple design. By simply using strips cut from Copper, Brass, Bronze, you can add warm tones and give a sense of brightness and comfort. But by switching to Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steel, Nickel Silver, or even Zinc, you can have a cooler and more wintery palette.
Pick the materials that fit your space. Get creative by mixing materials for truly unique Halloween, Fall, and Thanksgiving decor. We have included material measurements for four different size metal pumpkins: 6 inch, 12 inch, 18 inch and 24 inch.
We decided to make a 12 inch brass pumpkin. But you can make any size pumpkin with any material you wish – just refer to the material size chart for dimensions and quantities.
- Drill with a 1/4″ bit
- Pliers (optional but recommended)
- Tin snips (optional but recommended)
- Scissors (optional but recommended)
- T-Nut – x1, .25″ diameter, #20 thread
- Hex Nuts – x3 .25″ size, #20 thread
- Threaded Rod – x1, .25″ diameter, #20 thread (for length, see Size Chart below)
- Metal Strips – custom cut from sheet, 0.02″ – 0.03″ thick (for width, length, and quantity, see Size Chart below)
- Foil – OPTIONAL, these work well to create leaves, vines, and other embellishments
Material Size Chart
Building the DIY Skeleton Pumpkin
Step 1 – Cut Threaded Rod to length
Cut a length of threaded rod to 12″.
We particularly enjoy brass 1/4″ threaded rod for a truly professional looking final product.
Step 2 – Prep metal strips
If you have already ordered custom cut strips, then all you have to do is make sure your strips are clean and any protective plastic has been removed.
But if you just have sheet or longer strips, then use your snips and cut the pieces to lengths as decided with the Material Size Chart.
Step 3 – Drill holes
Mark the center mid-point and the center end-points of the strips 1/2″ in from the end on both ends. Next, drill holes where you marked at both ends and the mid-point of your strips.
Step 4 – Threading the body together
First, screw the T-nut on one end of your threaded rod. This will be the bottom of your metal pumpkin.
Second, thread all of your metal sheet strips onto the rod through the middle hole.
Third, loosely thread one of your hex nuts down to hold your strips in place. Spread out the strips to form a sort of sunburst shape. Once you are happy, tighten that nut to hold them in place.
Fourth, screw your second hex nut down about an inch and a half from the top end of your threaded rod. This can be adjusted later to get the shape you desire.
Lastly, bend the strip ends up and thread the end holes through the top of your threaded rod. Once all of the strips have been bent up and threaded through the top of your rod, screw on the third and final hex nut.
Step 5 – Shaping your pumpkin
After your strips are secured, bend and manipulate them to produce the shape you want. Be sure the bend the strips at the bottom of your metal pumpkin to create a stable base.
Step 6: Adding final touches
Use wire or cut foil or very thin sheet into strips and rap them around a pen, pencil, or other similar object to create curled vines. You can also use very thin sheet or foil to cut out leaf shapes. Drilling holes into the leave stems will allow you to secure the leaf and vine under the third hex nut. You can use a small piece of copper, brass, or steel tube to act as the stem. Or try drilling out the base of real pumpkin stems – be sure to dry them first, and adding a coat of paint will really tie them in.