Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday! Each year I transform my home and yard with unique and spooky vignettes. My favorite items to decorate with are those scary life-size figure decorations. To me they set the mood and are great focal points to put around in a room, and let’s face it—they rev up the scare factor at any party! There is nothing like frightening your guests with a big creepy monster lingering in the corner.
This project is a simple way to make your own figure prop out of PVC pipe fitted into a flanges on a wood base. The best part about this frame is it can be broken down for storage, perfect if you do not have a lot of space. Just add a mask, gloves and some creepy clothes and you will have yourself one big creeper to hang around your home for parties or as fun porch decor.
This guy is sure to scare the bejeezus out of trick-or-treaters. Plus, posing with him in the background makes a great photo for your next Halloween gathering!
What you’ll need to create your prop:
- 2 10 feet x 3/4 inch PVC Pipes
- 2 3/4 inch 90 Degree Elbow’s
- 2 3/4 inch 45 Degree Elbow’s
- 5 3/4 inch Tee’s
- 1 3/4 inch Cross
- 2 floor flange’s 3/4 inch
- 2 3/4 inch PVC Nipple’s for the Flange’s
- Ratcheting PVC Pipe Cutter
- Styrofoam Wig Head
- Acrylic Paint
- Foam Pool Noodle
- 8 Wood Screws
- 1 2 x 2 Square Sheet of Wood
- Drill and/or Screwdriver
- Clothing, Shoes, Mask and Gloves
- Newspaper or small throw pillows, floral wire
This figure’s approximate height and dimensions are around 6 feet and 2-to-3 inches (it could be larger when you add the mask). The PVC hip and leg dimensions fit a men’s size 34 x 34 pants. All dimensions can be altered for a smaller or larger figure.
Step 1: Using a PVC ratchet, start by cutting the pvc pipe down to these dimensions:
- Neck: 3 inches
- Shoulder Blade, cut 2: 6.5 inches
- Top Arm, cut 2: 13.25 inches
- Bottom Arm, cut 2: 11 inches
- Spine: 16 inches
- Hips, cut 2: 5.5 inches
- Top Leg, cut 2: 15.5 inches
- Bottom Leg, cut 2: 24.5 inches
Step 2: Assemble the figure as shown in the image. Start with the shoulders and work your way down.
Step 3: I added a pin on either side of the tee holding the spine to the hips. Drill a small hole in the tee when pipe is inserted. Drill all the way through the pipe and add a nail or screw. This will keep the figure from falling forward. You can also use PVC pipe adhesive to glue that joint so it is fixed or fused so it will not move.
Step 4: Once your hips and legs are put together measure and mark the wood board to add the floor flanges. Add the PVC flange nipples into to the flanges and attach the rest of the PVC pipe figure. I used a hammer to tap the pipes together so they will fit tightly and not come apart.
Note: You will notice an extra bar in the image below the hips. This bar is for added support to the figure. Remove the bar if you are adding pants to your figure. If you are using a dress leave the bar in place.
Step 5: To add bulk to the figure, cut sections of a foam pool noodle to fit the shoulders, arms and rib cage. Slit one side of the foam with a sharp knife and place over the pipe. Dress your monster. Stuff the arms and chest with newspaper, plastic bags or even small throw pillows. Attach the pillows by wrapping them with floral wire.
Step 6: If you are using a mask, paint darkness and eyes on a foam head with acrylic paint. Cover the foam head with the mask. Add pants, gloves or a dress. Secure them with zip ties or safety pins to the pipe.
Step 7: Place shoes in front of the floor flanges. Pull pant legs over the top of shoes and that’s it! Display that guy in a creepy scene and he is all ready for Halloween!
Want to create your own spooky Halloween scene? Here is a list of the Halloween decor items I used.
Jack O Lantern Wind Chime / Black Willow Branches / Glitter Pumpkin / Skull Candy Bowl / Reigelein Halloween Assorted Hollow Chocolates / Spider Skeleton / Vintage Paper Garland / Halloween Luminaries