DIY Jack Skellington Decoration (How to Make Jack Skellington)

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Learn how to make a Cheap and Easy DIY Jack Skellington Decoration using a few inexpensive materials and household items. One of my all-time favorite Halloween movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas! Since Jack Skellington is such a great character, I thought it would be fun to create DIY Jack Skellington Prop in his likeness.

It is simple to create a DIY Jack Skellington Head from a white pumpkin and acrylic craft paint. The neck is It is so easy to make it can be a fun last-minute Halloween Decoration to add to your DIY Jack Skellington Decor. This would also make a fun Nightmare Before Christmas DIY Craft to make during a Halloween Party or a Haunted House

Here I used my Jack Skellington Decoration as one of my Halloween props in my 12 DIY Haunted House Ideas on a budget. I set up a table with Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and a Jack Skellington poster I had from a Disney Infinity game. I placed my Jack Skellington props on candlesticks and accented the display with my DIY Halloween Candles made from Paper Towel Rolls. I used it as a decorative Halloween pit stop to get candy.

DIY Halloween Candles made from Paper Towel Rolls

I usually wrap orange lights around the Pumpkin King’s neck to simulate him being on fire like he was in the opening scene in the movie.


Here is a DIY video I created to show how I made my DIY Jack Skellington. Click here to download my free Jack Skellington Printable Pattern used in my video.

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Learn how to make Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas.  Click to download my free Jack Skellington Pattern used in my video.

For Jack Skellington, I used resin pumpkins and patio paint. I attached the pumpkins to a painted paper towel roll, created the collar out of stiff felt and craft foam.

Materials Used to Make Jack Skellington


  • Small White Pumpkin
  • Black Paint
  • White Paint
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Cardboard
  • White Craft Foam
  • Stiff Black Felt
  • White Marker
  • Small Rock for Weight
  • Craft Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun

I drew a bat face pattern and cut it out of craft foam. I then heated the foam with a warm dry iron to mold the ears and curve the face.

I drew the face on a white pumpkin and then painted it with Patio Paint.

Click here to my Step-by-Step video to learn more about how to make the Jack Skellington Decoration.


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2 Responses

  1. Liane says:

    hi Gina, I love these! The Nightmare Before Christmas is a brilliant movie and you’ve captured it really well. I am curious about what the pumpkins are mounted on? How did you get them to stay up if they were top-heavy?

    Thank you!

  2. Gina says:

    Hi Liane. Thank you for your comment. I mounted the Jack Head on a piece of a paper towel roll. I cut small slits in the top of the roll and flattened the slits and hot glued them to the base of the pumpkin. I also cut out a round cardboard base and did the same slit technique to the bottom of the paper towel tube and hot glued it to the round cardboard base. If you would like, I can post images if my description is not helping. The resin pumpkin is light so the cardboard base is sturdy enough. You could also add rocks inside the paper towel roll to weigh it down. Let me know if this helps.