The Leafman




Appreciate what you've got, every day will bring something new.

scary leafman in ur garden hauntin ur peeps.

This creation took about 3 nights to create the body and half an hour to make the head. You'll need some chicken-wire, a heavy duty cutter, leather gloves, spray adhesive and an ample supply of leaves. For the head you'll need two solar powered garden lamps, some fishing line to hang it and of course - a pumpkin!

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Step 1: The Body

The body is made out of about 1/2 a roll of chicken-wire, cut up with heavy duty wire cutters.

Word of warning - use gloves when working with chickenwire.

When your body is finished, stuff it with leaves.

Then coat the outer part with either contact cement or spray on adhesive.

Pad down with leaves, and then in the areas where the chickenwire shows through, simply stuff the wire holes with more leaves.

Step 2: Install

The chicken-wire body stuff with leaves is wicked scary but is sadly isnt able to support itself. We used fishing line aka 'gut' and placed the leafman underneath a branch.

Step 3: The Pumpkin Head

This is pretty simple, we placed two solar garden lamps in the pumpkin so that the eyes light up at night - even more scary!!

This is the first time I've ever carved a pumpkin - not a traditional thing where I come from... so its a little basic. One key point, the eyes need to be cut in such a way so that they LEDs are supported in the middle.

The solar lamps need to be cut up, all superfluous plastic can be cut away with the same cutting tool you used on the chicken-wire body.

You will need to detach the LEDs from the lamps and solder in some wire extensions. Make sure when you solder the LEDs on to the wire extensions that the leads follow back to the same place on the solar lamp PCB. LED's only work when plug in the right way, but you cant hurt then if you make a mistake - they just wont turn on.



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    15 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Neat Idea! It has the potential of being very scary, especially if you could have it rise up from a pile of leaves!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    What if you put large amounts of cotton soaked in some flammable liquid like kerosene and covered the whole skeleton with it. You can guess what happens next... Just in case you cant, I would light it on fire, but on something non-flammable and nothing dry nearby or above (for safety reasons).


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This Instructable is pretty funny, I would like to do it and just have it in like the middle of the street. Well, not on my street, people would know it is me because I do a lot of street pranks. Maybe down the street, I'll make one choking another one, and they'll be in the street and people would be so confused! Mwuahaha. Great Instructable, +1 rating.
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    11 years ago on Step 2

    In the yellow box u said "'you'll need a branch to hand the fishing line from" Did you mean "hang". anyways, great halloween idea!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I love it! It reminds me of a scary ghostie creature from Scoobie Doo!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    A simple concept, yet brilliantly original.

    Well worth a +.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty creative. I have never seen anything like this. Nice job!