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How to Make Scary Halloween Graveyard Decorations

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It’s that time of year again when the Graveyard Decorations start showing up throughout your neighborhood.  How about if you make one using Dollar Store parts and a few other things? Creepy doesn’t have to scare your bank at all with this one.  At this price, I would make two because every guy needs a Ghoul friend. (Oh yes I did just write that) 

What you will need:

 Skull from Dollar Tree

 Hands from Dollar Tree

 Children’s Black long sleeve T-shirt from Dollar Tree

 Pool Noodle from Dollar Tree

Tomato Cage 

Black sheet or Table Cloth

Wire Coat Hanger

Glow in the Dark Spray Paint

Tools:

Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

Regular Wire Cutters

Glue Gun

Duct Tape

Step 1

Spray Paint

The first thing I did was to spray paint the hands and skull with the Glow in the Dark spray paint.  Graveyard Decorations need to glow in the dark right?

Graveyard Decoration head and hands

Step 2

Cut the cage

If you want your Ghoul shorter cut one ring off your tomato cage. I wish I hadn’t because it would have probably looked better a little taller. So whatever you have enough fabric to cover is probably what would work best. 

Step 3

Pool Noodle Arms

Next, take the T-shirt and put the pool noodle through both arms as shown below.

Put the noodle through the arms 

Now push up the sleeve and cut an elbow joint. Do the same for both sides. 

Make the elbow in the graveyard decoration ghoul

Then cut a section about 6 inches long from your coat hanger and bend into a v shape. you will need two of these. 

part of the elbow

Bend the arm at the elbow you made and use the wire and duct tape to hold the elbow in place. Do this on both sides.  Do you like my pretty duct tape? It cuts down on my husband saying hey you used my duct tape because he would never buy the pretty colors. 

duct tape the elbow

Step 4 

Attach the Hands

Cut another 2 pieces out of the hanger, making them about 8 inches each this time.  Gently poke the end of one wire through the hand and the other end through the noodle. Make sure you bend the wire back on both ends and tuck into the noodle for safety. The wires are sharp and could poke someone. I know spoken like a Mom, but it’s true. 

Attach the hand to the pool noodle

Wire tucked safely back into the noodle.

wire tucked in for safty

Next, I added some duct tape around the wrist to keep it from flopping around too much. As always, do the same on the other side, unless you like the look of a floppy wrist on one side. 

 

 

Duct tape to support the wrist

 

Now slip the t-shirt over the tomato cage, using one of the prongs from the cage to poke through the noodle and hold it in place.  You can see it a few pictures down. 

t-shirt on the tomato cage

Step 5 

Attach the Head

Take the two remaining prongs from the tomato cage and gently poke them into the back of the skull. 

attach the head

Step 6

Dress him!

So now you have a half-dressed Ghoul. Take the T-shirt and pull it up under his chin and secure in the back with duct tape. 

secure the shirt with duct tape 

I also Hot glued the sleeves to the hands.

Now take the table cloth and fold back on the side to make a cape. Place the cape over his head.  Run a line of hot glue over his head and pull the cape forward,  gluing into place.  I also ended up having to go back and put glue under his chin to keep the cape in place so you may as well just do it now.   Take the table cloth and wrap it around him to cover up any of the tomato cage that is showing. You will also have to supply your own fly for his forehead if you want it.  

Now you have your very own Graveyard decorations for Halloween.   Pet Mice were from Walmart Do you think I should name him?  Should I make him a Ghoul friend? 

For another fun Halloween decoration check out my Halloween Wreath.

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How to Make Scary Halloween Graveyard Decorations

How to Make Scary Halloween Graveyard Decorations
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • Skull from Dollar Tree
  • Hands from Dollar Tree
  • Pool Noodle from Dollar Tree
  • Long Sleeve Childs T from Dollar Tree
  • Tomato Cage
  • Black table cloth or sheet
  • Wire Coat hanger
  • Glow in the Dark spray paint

Instructions

Step 1

Spray Paint

The first thing I did was to spray paint the hands and skull with the Glow in the Dark spray paint.  Graveyard Decorations need to glow in the dark right?

Step 2

Cut the cage

If you want your Ghoul shorter cut one ring off your tomato cage. I wish I hadn't because it would have probably looked better a little taller. So whatever you have enough fabric to cover is probably what would work best. 

Step 3

Pool Noodle Arms

Next, take the T-shirt and put the pool noodle through both arms as shown below.

Now push up the sleeve and cut an elbow joint. Do the same for both sides. 

Then cut a section about 6 inches long from your coat hanger and bend into a v shape. you will need two of these. 

Bend the arm at the elbow you made and use the wire and duct tape to hold the elbow in place. Do this on both sides.  Do you like my pretty duct tape? It cuts down on my husband saying hey you used my duct tape because he would never buy the pretty colors. 

Step 4

Attach the Hands

Cut another 2 pieces out of the hanger, making them about 8 inches each this time.  Gently poke the end of one wire through the hand and the other end through the noodle. Make sure you bend the wire back on both ends and tuck into the noodle for safety. The wires are sharp and could poke someone. I know spoken like a Mom, but it's true.  

Wire tucked safely back into the noodle.

Next, I added some duct tape around the wrist to keep it from flopping around too much. As always, do the same on the other side, unless you like the look of a floppy wrist on one side. 

Now slip the t-shirt over the tomato cage, using one of the prongs from the cage to poke through the noodle and hold it in place.  You can see it a few pictures down.

Step 5 

Attach the Head

Take the two remaining prongs from the tomato cage and gently poke them into the back of the skull. 

Step 6

Dress him!

So now you have a half-dressed Ghoul. Take the T-shirt and pull it up under his chin and secure in the back with duct tape. 

I also Hot glued the sleeves to the hands.

Now take the table cloth and fold back on the side to make a cape. Place the cape over his head.  Run a line of hot glue over his head and pull the cape forward,  gluing into place.  I also ended up having to go back and put glue under his chin to keep the cape in place so you may as well just do it now.   Take the table cloth and wrap it around him to cover up any of the tomato cage that is showing. You will also have to supply your own fly for his forehead if you want it.  

Here he is all dressed up for a Ghoulish Halloween, with his pets. .

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