Showing posts with label halloween crafts. yard display. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween crafts. yard display. 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. 

If you like this demo remember sharing is caring.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - How to build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Creations

My favorite time of the year.





Halloween is probably more busy around here then Christmas. 8 bins of Halloween vs. 3 of Christmas. ;) Decorating starts the first weekend in Oct and really doesnt stop. I keep telling my husband that it is a good thing I am not allowed to touch anything electrical or our yard would be animated all year long. HAHAHAHA This year we have moved to a much bigger space so that involves "mom" getting a little more creative. :) These are a few grave markers that i made up a few years ago and the life sized "snot rag" mache devil that I am in the process of finishing up. My husband and neighbout have been busy building my mini fences and everyone has been involved in decorating. Still have to put up the lighting, set up the sound effects, web and spiderize, finish the devils arms, carve the pumpkins .. oh my!!!! Id better get on it. LOL
In addition I laso managed to fit in teaching an acrylic one stroke class last weekend. My first one in 6 years and it went off without a hitch. :)