Halloween 2011 – Pee Wee Herman Vampire, Obelisk, Decapitated Woman

Halloween lawn 2011

Halloween lawn 2011

We had a great time this year, 2011, at Halloween, and I wanted to share our spooky lawn with you. This project was very inexpensive, and fun to do, if not a little messy.

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Crafts in this Post

We had two tombstones, an obelisk, PeeWee Herman vampire coming out of his coffin, a decapitated woman, bride and groom ghosts, and a big ghost.

If you want to make this, you can do it for about $5.00, if you start looking for some of the supplies a the beginning of the month. A lot of people move at the end of the month, so there should be flattened moving boxes (for the coffin), Polyethylene foam (for the ghosts), and Styrofoam sheets (for the tombstones), that people have thrown out from their packing supplies. You can also go to your local hardware store and purchase the supplies if needed. Better to get them for free, eh?

Making the Tombstones

The tombstones are very easy and fun to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

Styrofoam Tombstones

Summary: How to make tombstones

What You’ll Need

  • Styrofoam sheets, about 1/4 inch thick
  • X-Acto knife
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Wire hangers
  • Pencil
  • Hot Glue

Instructions

  1. Using the knife, cut out the shapes that you want your tombstones to be. They should be about 2 square feet.
  2. There are a few ways to do the lettering. You can cut out the letters from another sheet of Styrofoam, or you can cut into the tombstones themselves.
  3. If you cut into the tombstones themselves, be prepared to make a mess. The little balls of Styrofoam will get all over the place, but thankfully, they come up easily with the vacuum.
  4. To cut out the letters from another sheet, use a pencil to trace out the letters. Use the X-Acto knife to cut them out. Carefully set them aside as you finish. When you have completed all the letters, and know where you want to put them on the tombstone, put spots of hot glue on each letter, and place the letters on the tombstones. Set the tombstones aside.
  5. To cut into the tombstones, carefully trace the letters with the pencil, then use the knife to dig out the letters. Go a layer deep for a good effect. When you are finished, set the tombstone aside.
  6. Go outside with your tombstones, and your black spray paint. Have ready something to cover the area where you are going to spray. I used a flattened card board box that got turned into a coffin for mine.
  7. Lightly spray the completed tombstones with the black spray paint. Don’t make them completely black. The spray paint will eat into the Styrofoam to make them look weathered, exactly the look you want. Let the tombstones dry undisturbed, then set them aside somewhere safe until you are ready to place them on your lawn.
  8. When you are ready to place them, take a wire cutter and cut five or six-inch pieces of the wire hanger. Carefully insert two wire hanger pieces into the bottom of each tombstone.
  9. Put the wire hanger part of the tombstone into the lawn and carefully pull down until the tombstone is level with the lawn.

Preparation time: 1 hour(s)

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Craft by Adrienne Boswell.

The Obelisk

Making the obelisk was very similar to making the tombstones. I used both carved in lettering and hot glued letters. For fun, I put Spane’s name in hieroglyphs, you can do the same, just get the information from an online hieroglyph translator like http://www.quizland.com/hiero.htm. I put two wire hanger pieces into the bottom for stability.

Lighting the Walk Way

Lights for the Walk Way

What You’ll Need

  • Coffee Cans
  • Hammer
  • Screw Driver
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Tea Lights on for each can

Instructions

  1. Punch holes in the coffee cans using the screw driver and hammer. Hold the screw driver in place, and slam the hammer down on it, once should be good. Do that about four or five times in strategic places.
  2. Have ready a cover so you will not get paint all over the place.
  3. Completely spray the cans, including the top, but not the inside. Allow them to thorough dry.
  4. When you are ready to place them, simply place a tea light at the bottom of each.

Quick notes

It is best to use the battery-powered tea lights to reduce risk of fire.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

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Craft by Adrienne Boswell.

Making the Coffin

What You Will Need

  • 1 large moving box, flattened
  • Black Spray Paint
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Wire Hanger
  • Wire Cutters
  • Doll

Instructions

  1. The moving box should be flattened and folded in half. That way, you can put a doll in between to look as if the doll is trying to get out.
  2. Take your X-Acto knife and cut a large 45 degree corner off the top of the box. Do the same with the bottom, but reduce the angle to about 30 degrees.
  3. Spray paint the one side of the box and let it dry thoroughly.
  4. When you are ready to presentation, use the wire cutters to cut a ten or so inch wire from the wire hanger. You will be using this to prop up the doll.
  5. Lay then box down, open it and place the feet of the doll on the box. Secure the doll by putting the wire hanger into the doll back, and sticking the end in the dirt. Close the coffin.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Drying time: 1 hour(s)

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Craft by Adrienne Boswell.

Decapitated Lady

Decapitated Woman

Decapitated Woman

We are lucky because we have a small bush that is about the size of a person’s head. I just threw a wig on top of it, and my black pumps. I wanted it to look as if someone had been decapitated in a car crash.

Trick or Treat

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

Rumor
Jayne Manfield was decapitated in the car crash that killed her.
Truth
What witnesses saw was her wig, and this is what led to the rumor.

Source: WikiPedia

Big Ghost

I had a large piece of Polyethylene Foam that I got one day on the way from taking Spane to school. I made the bride and groom ghosts with the smaller pieces, and saved the large piece for my big ghost.

Big Ghost

What You Will Need

  • Wire Hanger
  • Polyethylene Foam
  • Silver Florist Wire
  • 3 Jingle Bells
  • Tulle

Instructions

  1. Thread the jingle bells with florist wire, leaving about a foot of florist wire at the top. Attach the florist wire to the bottom of the wire hanger.
  2. Cut another piece of florist wire, about eight inches, and attach the bottom of it to the handle of the wire hanger.
  3. Take the Polyethylene foam and thread the top of the florist wire through it. There is no need to make a hole, it will fit through just fine.
  4. Take the tulle and lay it over the Polyethylene, sticking the florist wire through.
  5. Finally, make a hook with the florist wire to hang your ghost.

Quick notes

The bells will ring if there is enough wind outside.

Variations

You can add spiders or other fun stuff to the tulle.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Copyright © The Good Plate.
Craft by Adrienne Boswell.

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2 Responses to Halloween 2011 – Pee Wee Herman Vampire, Obelisk, Decapitated Woman

  1. Delsie Lecato says:

    Aw, this was a really nice post!