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!

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.


-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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Last year, I made him into Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. I sewed a fun suit for him and carved a new head for him from a foam pumpkin. After carving, I painted it with exterior paint.

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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  • Steve
    on Aug 11, 2019

    Hello! I'm trying to assemble it now and am having trouble with the angles of the legs. If I line things up so the torso pieces are together and parallel then they're leaning pretty far back instead of being upright. Is the 90, 22.5 leg in front or the 45, 45? Do you know how high it is from the ground to the bottom of the torso?

    • Steve
      on Aug 13, 2019

      Thanks for the quick response! I ended up liking the position achieved with 45°/45° and 45°/60°. I'll post a picture when I'm done

  • Patty
    on Oct 3, 2019

    How much fabric did you need to do Jack skellington's suit?

    • Amanda
      on Oct 3, 2019

      I’m not sure how much I actually used, but the fabric is from a king sized flat sheet. I only used a small bit of the sheet because Jack is so skinny. 😆 If you are ok with piecing together parts for the legs to make them long enough, you could buy about 1.5 yards. (I think the arm and leg pieces were 8” strips x just over the length of the arm/leg, and the bodice is several pieces sewn together.)

  • Stephanie Scheiderer
    on Oct 27, 2019

    Thank you SO much for sharing this awesome idea!! Every year, we transform our garage into a haunted house and this year, our new "pumpkin King" is proudly displayed to welcome all visitors! Thanks again for this awesome DIY!

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  • Patty
    on Oct 27, 2019

    Not so easy to assemble, but he's finally finished!

  • Patty
    on Dec 1, 2019

    I'm getting some extra mileage out of this project!

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