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PVC Pipe Yard Monster

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love all of the fun decorations, but the big ones can cost ridiculous amounts of money!
pvc pipe yard monster
Here’s how we made our own 8 ft yard monster for around $35! After you make the ‘skeleton’, you can customize it with any outdoor-suitable decorations you want.
pvc pipe yard monster
-three 10 ft PVC pipes (1 1/2” PVC conduit- we found ours in the electrical section of Home Depot. They are grey with one wider end.)
-PVC connector pieces (two 3-way Ts, six 45°, one 22 1/2°, one 90°)
-bale wire, wire hangers, or something similar
-black duct tape
-saw to cut the pipes
-two T-posts or similar to stick in the ground and inside the legs
-decorating supplies
pvc pipe yard monster
Two of the 10 ft pipes should be cut as follows: one 4 ft section, and three 2 ft sections. *The large end of the pipe should be used for one of the 2 ft sections!*

For the third pipe: two 20” sections, two 6”, one 10”, two 4”. The large end of this pipe will be extra/leftover.
pvc pipe yard monster
Once you have everything cut, this is how it will be put together. Twist the joints as needed to position them so they look natural.Tape the two back pieces together with the duct tape.
*We only put one piece in for the neck, even though there are two holes. The head we used covered the entire neck, so we were not worried about it. It does not really matter which side you put the neck in. You could also cut another piece from the leftover pipe and put two pieces in and tape them together like the back if you want.*
Rather than painting the pipes and joints, we actually covered everything in duct tape, but that part is up to you.
pvc pipe yard monster
To make the hands, we drilled five holes along one side of each wrist piece. We then fed the bale wire through the holes and bent it into finger shapes. We wrapped duct tape around each finger and used it to connect the fingers and make a palm.
*Last year, we made our monster into Jack Skellington, so the hands have white tape on top, but this should give you an idea of what they should look like.
pvc pipe yard monster
Here are most of the skeleton pieces, ready to be put together.

When you go to set him up, we found it is easiest to put the legs and torso together, put the T-posts up each leg, and push the posts into the ground before adding the arms and head.
pvc pipe yard monster
Now, you can decorate as you see fit!

This was the year we made our monster man, and I wrapped him in black gauze (bought at Dollar Tree). His head was made from a large plastic pumpkin pail, turned around and upside down, then I cut a scary face out and sprayed some black spray paint on it to darken it up a little. We also screwed a chunk of a branch into the top to make it look like a pumpkin stem. I fed some twine around two plastic skulls and hung them from his fingers.
pvc pipe yard monster
Last year, I made him into Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. I sewed a fun suit for him and skulpted a new head for him.

*After decorating, we added some fishing line and stakes to help hold him up.*

Have fun with it! Ours will be Jack again this year, but maybe next year we are thinking about making him into a scarecrow or other monster!
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  • Neva Barker
    2 days ago


    Can you give more detail in how you made jack from the movie please. I’m not real artistic so I need instructions please. Thank you

    • Amanda
      2 days ago

      I used a black flat sheet for the fabric to sew his suit (basically just tubes for the arms and legs, but the main part of the jacket takes a little more experience with pattern making. The head is basically paper mache over a balloon and then I drew and moulded his face and coated everything really well, inside and out, with waterproof coatings. Hands have white tape wrapped around to make it look like bones.

  • Holy cow! I love it. How did you make the jack skellington face?

    • Amanda
      2 days ago

      I used a balloon and basically paper mache, and then coated everything in exterior paint and sealer. I am planning to remake it, though, with a fake pumpkin so it will be more water resistant.

  • Bpi32228175

    After you store his head in the shed, do you send your unsuspecting guests in there to get something for you?! LOL

    • Amanda

      Haha! No, but we do occasionally scare our dogs with it. 😆

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