Make a House Goblin Peeker




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

Step 1: Get Yer Gourd

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

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

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

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

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!

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    77 Discussions


    5 years ago

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


    7 years ago on Step 5

    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!!

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Step 5

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


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    pie popper

    8 years ago on Step 5

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.