Introduction: Make a House Goblin Peeker

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This is a wonderful little bit of decoration anyone can add to their house for the Halloween season.

Step 1: Get Yer Gourd

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Find a flanged gourd. You can usually find them where ever you can find pumpkins. (i.e. farmers markets, roadside stands, orchards etc.)

Take a look at it from the end. Find one that kind of resembles a face with a down turned nose, and is fairly symetrical. Also make sure that it can balance fairly well on it's side, with the point down.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

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Wash the gourd so all the dirt is out of the crevices.

You will also need:

Some modeling clay (I use light yellow)
2 circles from a paper punch that are colored black. (I just colored a section of paper with a sharpie and used a 3 hole punch)

Step 3: Eyes

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Pinch off a couple pieces of modeling clay and roll them into little balls about the size of a grape.

On one end stick one of your little black paper circles.

Smoosh (yes, it's a technical term) the eye in between two of the flanges along side of the gourd.

Repeat with the other side. Look at it from the front and decide if the eyes need to be adjusted, made smaller or larger, move the pupils etc.

Step 4: Paws and Claws

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Pinch off a little more modeling clay and roll the clay into little snakes. Come on you all did it in Kindergarden, re-live your childhood!

Roll out 4 little snakes aproximately all the same size. Set them side by side and stick them together.

Give them a little bend over your finger.

Repeat to make the other hand.

Step 5: Set Up Your Goblin

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Find a place higher up and slightly hidden, such as a book case, flower pot, plate rack, and balance your goblin so it looks like he's looking out at you.

Place your claws on either side of the goblin head and adjust them so it looks like he's holding on to the ledge.

Wait for others to spot them!

Hope you enjoyed my Instructable.

Happy Halloween!


patatarium (author)2014-07-13

This is my favorite instructables ! Is strange i like this !

Traymar (author)2011-10-29

LOVE THEM!! Going to try to make them while my kiddos are gone this weekend, and distribute them around the house for them to find! Thanks so much!!

cheeriokate (author)2011-10-27

Haha I love how creepy/cute this idea is!!

sweetaddietude (author)2011-09-22

Does anyone know what type of gourd these are ?? I would love to grow some for projects. Thanks much.

GenAap (author)2011-09-18

Simple and good looking! Gave me one of those "Why didn't I think of that" moments.

General Lee Stupid (author)2010-10-29

its Kilroy after doing meth for a year

nubabuba (author)2010-10-28

most amazing decoration ever! i'm going to make one for my halloween party

StarFace (author)2008-11-20

Sorry, at the risk of sounding daft, would these rot? And if so, roughly how long does it take....?

Whenever I make things like this I think they are so cute I have serious trouble getting rid of them! =p

cudubh (author)StarFace2008-11-20

They can and do rot, but it depends on several factors. Was it clean, were there nicks in the skin, how moist was the environment, etc etc. But they can also dry out very well. In fact the gourd that I used for this instructable is a dried out gourd from the previous year.

JOE1903 (author)cudubh2010-09-20

Could you make an instructable on how you dried out your gourd please ? I'd liek to be able to reuse this for future years, much appreciated :)

chuckr44 (author)JOE19032010-10-11

I have dried bird house gourds before by hanging them by a string in the closet with our furnace. We did not poke holes in them or anything. It took about 2-3 months. A little dark mildew got on the skin of some but it is easily sanded off when the gourd is completely dry.

These dry better in the very dry winter months when snow is on the ground and your furnace is running a lot.

mary candy (author)2010-10-02

very funny!

Eviil~~PikmiN__{7} (author)2010-10-01

this is epic!!!!

pie popper (author)2010-09-29

These are cool. Not too hard either.. :)

KeannaRoar (author)2010-09-27


aar0nc0le (author)2010-09-27

Very impressive. Where did you get the idea?

paperairplanecreator (author)2010-09-23

KILROY, get down from there! you look silly...

zascecs (author)2010-09-20

Haha, I'm definitely making one of these for Halloween...

JohnJY (author)2010-09-20

Haha. Kilroy Was Here.

aramanthe (author)2010-04-30

I'm going to make some of these and put them up around the office... xD I already have an accomplice ready! They look exactly like the goblins from The Labyrinth, especially if you painted the gourds a little bit.

Lehmeier (author)2009-10-26

Just made some of these and had some old baby cloths...  filled the baby cloths up with towels and stuff and set the goblin head on top and set the goblin in a chair outside...  looks awesome!!!  thanks for the idea.  ill attach a pic when i get a chance.

Lehmeier (author)Lehmeier2010-02-07

Here is the little goblin...  got a lot of looks...  maybe next year ill try to put some LED's in the eyes...  thanks for the instructable!

doktorwyrm (author)2009-10-29

These are absolutely wonderful!  i made 4 of these today and they are so easy, yet soooooo creepy.

Damp Cuttlefish (author)2009-10-27

this is really cool, im going to put one on the flat roof above my front door at halloween

haventmadeabombyet (author)2009-10-24

I cheated a bit and used rubber eyes, plus I omitted the fingers. Thanks for the great idea!

jonboi (author)2009-10-09

That is way too cool, I like deceptively detailed it looks.

albylovesscience (author)2009-09-29

i got to make one thanks for making this

skimmo (author)2009-09-24

that wonderful!!!

techdeckman1 (author)2009-09-24

i want 2 make 1 sooo bad

cloaked woodsman (author)2009-09-23

This is an awesome, easy, and fun little project. My roommate and I are going nuts with these little guys.

We now have a dozen of these hidden around the apartment.

cudubh (author)cloaked woodsman2009-09-24

They are fun to make aren't they? Glad you enjoyed the instructable.

ege207 (author)2009-09-07

5 stars

rayvenfairmoon (author)2009-07-03

Great Job! I so gotta make one of these to go with my gargoyles :) I'm thinking if I put one peaking out from the back of the fridge before guests arrive would be great! lol Wonderful job!

oniman7 (author)2009-02-28

You should put one of these in the back window of your car. I would like to see the face of the people who pull up behind you..

freerunnin1 (author)2009-01-04

sweet! its the beggining of the year so i'm going to just shape it from paper or something. :)

jasmines (author)2008-11-11

This is so cute!

StoneCraf (author)2008-10-20

Pretty awesome, i'm stopping next time is see pumpkins for sale down the road. I gotta say, this is one of my fav instructables, Great job.
I'm gonna put some red or green led's for the eyes and maybe get my gf to make some clothes for them, i'm already thinking of names for them =D

Vynash (author)2008-10-17

this is awesome! i might try to make him some time if i can ever get my hands on a gourd and some clay 5*s!

cudubh (author)Vynash2008-10-19

Thank you very much for the vote!

Vynash (author)cudubh2008-10-19


cudubh (author)Vynash2008-10-19

I thought you gave me 5 stars. Ok so maybe not vote, but rating.

Vynash (author)cudubh2008-10-19

oh ok i understand :)

ac1D (author)2008-10-19

dunno, but if its like mine, its huge! (ahah--)

kelllbelll (author)2008-10-19

GREAT! 5 stars 4 U! *****

Patrik (author)2008-10-19

Heh - I did read it as a "house goblin pecker" at first...

the_burrito_master (author)2008-10-17

wow the first second I saw the picture of him I said his head looked like a some kind of squash. nice job on your disgusting creation.

Ummm..Thanks? I think.

yeah great job.

good job. it looks like kilroy.

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