Showing posts with label graveyard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label graveyard. Show all posts

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween Headstones DIY

It's that time of year again when we start our Halloween decorations and planning. This year we needed to add some new grave markers and this is what we came up with.

Supplies needed: *plaster of Paris
                            *water, bowl, and stir stick
                             *molds
                             *pink or blue polystyrene insulation sheets. I used 1 inch and 1/2 inch sheets
                             *Exacto knife, box cutter, solder gun
                             *black, white and brown exterior paint and paintbrush
                             *I used scrap lumber for my bases, as it adds a little more weight
                             *a creepy face changing pic from the buck store, Mine had a frame - I just cut the image out to fit into our design.
                             *liquid nails/ construction adhesive
First, we started by making some plaster casting embellishments. These were made from a dollar store doorknocker and ice cube trays. Just mix up your plaster to the consistency of a medium batter and pour into a mold that have been treated with a release agent. I used cooking spray. 
Now for the fun part .. deciding what our stones are going to say and look like. Carve them using whatever implement you prefer.  We used a solder gun - just make sure you carve using this outside or in a well ventilated area - it is Stinky!

We attached these to some 2 * 6 scrap wood using construction adhesive to weigh down the base. 
Then paint your stone in black. Wait for it to dry and add some white and beige dry brushing, to bring out the highlights.  

For the Myra Mains headstone, I used a face morphing plastic sign from the dollar store that I just cut to size and applied with contact adhesive. I added scraps of styrofoam scraps around the picture for dimensional accents.
For the "Not Funny Let Me Out" headstone,  the large skull in the center of this headstone was a cheap plastic door knocker that I dismantled glued on, I added plaster skulls and a separate plaque shaped piece then painted everything to make it all blend together.


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These DIY headstones add interest to your yard by using different shapes and dimensions. 
Hope you enjoy this demo and it inspires you to try to make them. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Haunt - Zombie baby

Warning some viewers may find this disturbing. I find it to be the perfect addition to my Halloween Haunt.
Just be warned that if you are found taking these babies by the princess of the house full size Mandrake screams pale in comparison to howling you will hear, so best be weary.




Step 1. Sneak baby doll into an area that cant be seen by the princess.
Step 2. Grab some black, white and grey paint and start dry brushing the colors on.
Step 3. Dirty up some baby clothes and dress zombie.
Step 4. Place in yard. I used the princess's old doll cradle with a tray of bloody fingers for baby zombie to snack on.