Pumpkin Door Greeter
This smiling "guy" will garner oohs and aahs from all the trick-or-treaters.
- Armature wire
- Staple gun and staples
- 30-inch-tall wood post
- Quilt batting and polyester fiberfill
- Old clothing: a turtleneck, flannel shirt, jeans, shoes, gloves, and a belt
- A pair of long underwear (pants only)
- Artificial pumpkin with a face or a natural pumpkin with a carved face
- Battery-powered light for the pumpkin
- To make the top of the door greeter's body, form a "skeleton" with armature wire for the arms and hands; use the wood post as the body base.
- Cut a 96-inch length of armature wire. Staple the middle of the armature for the arms to the top of the wood post.
- Wrap quilt batting around the post body and wire arms, leaving 12 inches of wire exposed for each hand; for safety fold over the end of each wire to create the center finger. Cover the body and arms with a turtleneck shirt.
- Cut four additional 10-inch-long wire fingers for each hand and twist the wire fingers to the center finger of each hand; fold over the wire fingers. Cover the hands with gloves.
- Stuff legs of the long underwear with rolled pieces of quilt batting. Sew or tie the ends of the legs shut. Put jeans over the long underwear pants.
- Set the body on a hay bale or in a chair. Place a pair of shoes under the pants legs, tucking the long-underwear legs into the tops of the shoes.
- Set the pumpkin head on top of the body, resting it on the wood post. Turn on the light.