How to Make Halloween Manikins

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October 9, 2018

How to Make Halloween Manikins - leaning manikinI live on an island and unfortunately it is very hard to get decorations for Halloween. Therefore, I found a way around all this and made my own. Each year our markets will sell a few things for the kids to enjoy Halloween. Unfortunately, Halloween was never really celebrated in the islands because people here never really understood the concept of Halloween.


About 10 yeas ago the people here decided to make a carnival and had a big parade down the main street in town. At this time I decided to surprise everyone and make my first Halloween manikin to place in the garden late one night. This was sort of a tradition that I had. You would create a manikin and dress it up and when everyone was sleeping, you put it in the garden so when they woke up in the morning everyone would see it. After this the idea grew in our family and I added to the manikin and made a few more and now create a few other decorations for Halloween.

Total Time: 2 to 8 hours

Yield: 3 to 4 Manikins


  • scissors
  • 10 pieces of old clothes
  • 6 pairs old garden gloves or Halloween gloves
  • 6 pairs old shoes
  • 6 Yards material
  • newspaper
  • sewing machine
  • wood
  • bamboo
  • Halloween masks
  • old Halloween costumes
  • hats
  • sunglasses
  • wire


  1. Make your manikin. I did this by cutting a round piece of material and sewing it together. I left a small hole and stuffed this with newspaper.
  2. How to Make Halloween Manikins - making the head from material

  3. Now I cut a large square and sewed this together. Afterward, I stuffed it with newspaper.
  4. I cut 4 long pieces for the legs and arms.
  5. Sew the head on the body and add the legs and arms to the square body.
  6. Now you can stuff the arms and legs with newspaper. This time I am using pieces of bamboo because it is quicker and easier to do.
  7. Add the bamboo to the legs and attach it with a piece of garden wire to hold it in place so it won't slip out.
  8. How to Make Halloween Manikins - if using bamboo stick cinch with garden wire to hold in place
  9. Do the same for the arms.
  10. How to Make Halloween Manikins - repeat for the arms
  11. Now take your old clothes and start to dress up the manikin. You'll need to tie the pants on the body so they stay in place. An old piece of string or a piece of material will do just fine.
  12. How to Make Halloween Manikins - begin dressing the manikins, tie pants on

  13. Add the shirt, you'll need to put the arms in first and then put it over the head and down the back of the body.
  14. How to Make Halloween Manikins - add shirt
  15. To hold the head in place, cut a small incision in the back of the head and use a flat stick or a piece of bamboo that feeds in the head and goes down the back of the body.
  16. How to Make Halloween Manikins - reinforce the head with a bamboo stick the runs from the head to the body
  17. Tie this in place with a piece of wire around the neck.
  18. How to Make Halloween Manikins - secure it with wire around the neck
  19. Attach the glove or Halloween hands on the bamboo arms.
  20. How to Make Halloween Manikins - attack gloves or Halloween hands

  21. Hold them in place with a piece of wire.
  22. How to Make Halloween Manikins - hold the gloves or hands in place with wire
  23. The manikin is now ready to place in your yard. You can do this by attaching it to a fence, making a stand, to stand it up in place, or even sit the manikin in a chair.
  24. How to Make Halloween Manikins - now place them about the yard or garden
  25. Take a macrame plant hanger and take one of the round heads that you've made.
  26. How to Make Halloween Manikins - place a round fabric head in a planter
  27. Put this in the lower pot and add a mask.
  28. How to Make Halloween Manikins - closeup of hanging planter manikin

  29. Now decorate the plant hanger with a costume or a cape.
  30. How to Make Halloween Manikins - manikin in lower basket
  31. You can also do this with a live plant to give it a different look.
  32. How to Make Halloween Manikins - mask in front of a live plant, with added cape
    How to Make Halloween Manikins -skulls hanging on palm tree trunks
  33. Decorate your yard with spider webs, place spiders around, hang up the plant hangers, and place your manikins in place.
  34. How to Make Halloween Manikins - add webs and spiders
  35. One year I made a graveyard in the river bed. I made a paper mache tombstone and painted it. In the riverbed I used the rocks to make my graves and just used the heads to place on top of the rocks. I took some old dog food cans and painted them black and added candles to the inside of the cans.
  36. How to Make Halloween Manikins - graveyard decorative display

  37. I have taken an old string of Christmas lights and added plastic ghosts to the string of lights to hang in the yard.
  38. How to Make Halloween Manikins - hang ghost lights
  39. I made strings with small pumpkins, witches, and skeletons and strung them up in the yard.
  40. How to Make Halloween Manikins - other lights, including witches, pumpkins and skeletons
  41. Get creative and have fun. This project cost less than $30 to make. I normally collect all the old Halloween costumes the kids throw away and use them the next year. It is easy to build up a big supply of decorations this way and you don't need to invest a lot of money to make a cute Halloween garden for your home.
  42. How to Make Halloween Manikins - closeup of a grave
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