Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Decorations: Backyard Cemetery

Autumn is one of my favorite season. I love decorating with warm, fall colors and Halloween is such a terrific time to have some fun with yard decor.

On the Money Crashers, they have a terrrific article on DIY Halloween Decorations by Angela Colley.

My favorite is the Backyard Cemetery. They are fun! Plus you can get great ideas for a spooky headstones at old cemeteries in your area. Plus, if you love to take photos like me, you'll find some great material for creating Halloween photos. 

1. Backyard Cemetery
halloween rip cemeteryThis classic Halloween decoration idea turns your yard into a creepy cemetery. Use reclaimed materials to create a free graveyard. To create your haunted cemetery, cut different shapes out of cardboard and paint them to look like aging tombstones. Once they dry, you can arrange them on the lawn to look like a miniature graveyard.
You can also use the tombstones to denote a haunted pathway for trick-or-treaters. As they approach your front door, they have to pass by the tombstones, making for a thrilling Halloween nighttime walk.
  1. Flatten several shipping boxes.
  2. Use a Sharpie to draw tombstone shapes. I made a few rectangular, cross, and oval tombstones to give my graveyard some variety.
  3. Cut the shapes out of with a pair of scissors.
  4. Paint the shapes a dark grey and allow the paint to dry.
  5. Once dry, add on sayings like “R.I.P” to the front of each tombstone. Glue a wood or plastic yard stake to the back of the tombstone and plant it into the ground.
By using real wood, you can partially waterproof the tombstones, so they last for more than one Halloween season. The project works best if you use thin pieces of composite wood, which you can buy at any home improvement store. The thin pieces are easier to cut and stand up better in the grass.
Check out the rest of decorating ideas at Money Crashers: Click here
Have fun!!! 

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