Do you want to spook the trick-or-treaters this Halloween with some scary fun? Creating a bone-filled graveyard can be a creative way to decorate your home for Halloween. Although it’s possible to purchase Halloween decorations from Wal-Mart or Target, it’s more fun, and less expensive, to make these items with household materials. Here you will learn how to create a Halloween bone yard.
To Create a Halloween Bone & Graveyard, you will need:
-Paint and paint brush
-Dry ice OR fog machine
-Lanterns OR electric candles
Create Halloween Tombstones
Tombstones are essential for a great bone-filled graveyard. The two best materials to create Halloween tombstones are Styrofoam or plywood. Styrofoam can easily be cut to whichever size you’d like your tombstone to be. It’s also already textured which gives it a stone-type look. If you decide to use Styrofoam, be careful as it’s harder to write on and is more fragile than plywood.
Plywood is a more durable material that is typically easier to work with. Use old scraps of plywood and cut out six to ten tombstones for your Halloween graveyard. Paint your tombstones with a grey paint. To make it look older, you may want to consider throwing some dirt across the surface while the paint is still somewhat wet.
Next, you will need to write a saying or name and date on the front of the tombstone. Sayings such as “RIP”, “Happy Halloween”, “Rest in Pieces”, “RIP [Your Name Here]” or “I’ll Be Back” are just a few of the endless phrases that could be painted on the front of the tombstones. Finally, attach mounting stakes to the bottom of the tombstone so that it can be securely pushed into the ground.
Create Halloween Clay Bones
Although fake Halloween bones can be purchased from the store, it may be fun to make your own Halloween bones from home. Fake bones can be made from a variety of materials, but if you’d like to create fake bones that will hold up well over a few Halloweens, clay is the way to go.
To make home-made salt clay, you will need:
-1 cup flour
-1/2 cup water
-3/4 cup salt
-1/4 cup cooking oil
-Yellow food coloring
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oil, and salt and mix using a wooden spoon. In another bowl, combine the water and yellow food coloring and mix. A few drops of the yellow food coloring are all that’s needed to turn the water a light yellow color. Next, gradually add the colored water to the flour mixture and mix. This should form a clay that you can use to make the bones.
Once you have created all the bones you will need for the bone-filled graveyard, cook the bones on a baking sheet in the oven to harden the clay. The oven should be at a low heat (300 degrees F or 150 degrees C). Bake the clay for one to two hours. Allow the clay bone pieces to cool before trying to touch them. The yellow food coloring should make the bones appear old and worn.
Add Graveyard Accents
The final step to creating a bone-filled graveyard would be to bring everything together with a few additional graveyard accents. Begin by allowing the grass to grow out for about two weeks. Do not rake the leaves or remove any dead flowers as these will make for a great graveyard scene. Add in the tombstones in various areas around the yard. They can be placed in rows or just in random spots. Place some dead flowers on the tops and in front of the tombstones.
Next, place the bones and skulls that you made from clay around the graveyard. These can be sticking out of the dirt or just randomly placed around the scene. Lanterns or electric candles should be placed in a few areas around the graveyard to light up the area for trick-or-treaters to see. Create a “Danger! Keep Out!” sign and place it in front of the graveyard. A fog machine or dry ice can also be used to cover the graveyard in a blanket of fog.