How to Make Nightmare Before Christmas's Jack Skellington From a Pumpkin


Jack Skellington is the main character of the classic animated movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween town and throughout the movie he entertains and enthralls audiences through songs, dance and a plot that sends him to Christmasland. Because Jack is the Pumpkin King, it is only fitting that a pumpkin can easily be used to create this trademark character.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspaper
  • Small pumpkin
  • Paint
  • Medium size paint brush
  • Paper towel tube
  • Felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Superglue
  • Construction paper
  • Set up a couple of sheets of old newspaper across a table or counter. Set the small pumpkin on the table. Leave the stem on the pumpkin.

  • Paint the pumpkin and the stem completely white. Let one layer dry for about 20 minutes and then paint another layer on to block out any orange spots that may show through.

  • Decorate Jack Skellington's face. The stem of the pumpkin will actually end up being the Jack's neck so make sure that you make the face upside down. Use a medium sized paint brush and black paint to apply the face.

  • Paint on two large oval shaped eyes that will take up most of the face. His nose is composed of two small lines that represent the nostrils. The mouth goes from cheek to cheek and is a simple curved line with stitch crosses all the way across and evenly spread out.

  • Attach an empty paper towel tube to the end of the pumpkin stem using superglue. Wrap and attach black felt to the paper towel tube using the superglue.

  • Add arms and legs to the body using black pipe cleaners. Jack Skellington has very long and lanky arms.

  • Paint the tips of the pipe cleaners white to represent Jack's hand and feet.

  • Use black construction paper to make the shape of a bat for Jack's bowtie. Apply the bowtie with superglue and the pumpkin is complete.

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