DIY METAL SKELETON PUMPKINS

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Add some spooky sparkle to your Halloween decor with Metal Skeleton Pumpkins! These DIY metal pumpkins are perfect to spice up your indoor and outdoor space for Halloween. And with materials like copper, brass, and galvanized steel, these metal pumpkins easily transition into Fall decor – a fanciful flair for your Thanksgiving table or a warm welcome to to greet guests, friends, and family by the front door. The possibilities are endless with this shockingly simple design, using strips cut from CopperBrassBronzeGalvanized SteelStainless Steel, or even Zinc sheet. Pick the materials that fit your space. Make a metal pumpkin to bring for the host and hostess of your next gathering. Create a custom design with copper, brass, bronze, stainless, zinc or galvanized steel or for a client or to sell in you shop. And get creative by mix 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.

HALLOWEEN HOW-TO: METAL SKELETON PUMPKINS

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.
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TOOLS

  • POWER DRILL + 1/4 INCH OR STEP DRILL BIT
  • PLIERS
  • SISSORS
  • METAL SNIPERS – optional
  • SHEER OR SAW – optional

MATERIALS

  • T NUTS

Size: 1/4 inch (0.25″) | Tread size: #20
Quantity: 1 per pumpkin

  • HEX NUTS

Size: 1/4 inch (0.25″) | Tread size: #20
Quantity: 3 per pumpkin

  • THREADED ROD

Brass, Copper, or Stainless Steel
Diameter: 1/4 inch (0.25″)
Tread size: #20
Length: see material size chart

  • METAL SHEET

Copper, Brass, Bronze, Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steel,or Zinc
Thickness: 0.02″ – 0.03″
Width, Length & Quantity: see material size chart

  • FOIL SHEET or FOIL TAPE

Foil Sheet: Copper
Foil Tape: Aluminum, Brass, Copper, or Stainless Steel
Quantity, Thickness, Length, Width: makers preference, used to create leaves and curled vine.

  • MATERIAL SIZE CHART   

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INSTRUCTIONS: 12″ BRASS SKELETON PUMPKIN

STEP 1: CUTTING THREADED ROD

Cut a 12″ length of threaded rod. Order 0.25 inch threaded rod in brass from Online Metals for a truly professional looking final product. ORDER NOW >

STEP 2: CUTTING STRIPS OF METAL SHEET

Cut six 1″ x 42″ strips of 24 GA. (0.02″) C260 Cartridge Hard Brass Sheet (refer to the material size chart for other sizes). When you order your material from Online Metals we can cut the strips to size for you – just peal off the protective plastic. ORDER NOW >

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STEP 3: DRILLING HOLES

Mark the center mid-point and the center end-points of the strips 1/2 inch in from the end on both ends. Drill holes slightly larger than 1/4 inch where you marked at both ends and the mid-point of your strips.

STEP 4: THREADING PUMPKIN 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 your metal sheet strips through the center mid-point hole. Third, thread one of your hex nuts down to hold your strips in place. Your strips should be spread out forming a sunburst shape. 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. Begin bending the strips’ ends up and threading the end-point 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, begin bending and manipulating 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.

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