DIY: Halloween Yard Zombie Decorations

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DIY: Halloween Yard Zombie Decorations
A cemetery full of zombies will get plenty of looks come Halloween night. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Though the mythology of zombies actually stems from Haitian voodoo, most people recognise the zombie as a deteriorating, brain-eating drone seen in popular movies. Films like "Night of the Living Dead" have helped many a Halloween enthusiast decorate his home for the special night. If you want your house to scare all of the trick-or-treaters on the block, create a zombie cemetery in your front yard. Utilise both store-bought craft items and materials found around the house to accomplish your task.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Polystyrene foam boards
  • Gray spray paint
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife
  • Plant stakes
  • Wilted flowers and Spanish moss
  • Black spray paint
  • Various clothing articles
  • Stuffing
  • Superglue
  • Mask
  • Wig
  • Skeletal parts
  • Rope
  • Wooden stake

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Instructions

    Creating Scenery

  1. 1

    Trace a tombstone shape onto each polystyrene board and cut the shape out with a utility knife.

  2. 2

    Using the same knife, carve into the front of each headstone a saying, such as "Here lies [Name]" or "R.I.P."

  3. 3

    Spray paint each of the headstones a dark grey colour. If desired, for added effect, use black paint and a fine paintbrush to outline the letters of your grave marker's epitaph.

  4. 4

    Prop the tombstones up around your yard by inserting plant stakes into the bottom of each board and setting the stakes into the ground.

  5. 5

    Place withered or dried flowers in front of the "grave sites," as well as some Spanish moss. For an added touch, spray paint the flowers black.

    Adding Undead Arms Rising from the Ground

  1. 1

    Glue two fake hands, found at a costume supply store, to two long, cylindrical pieces of polystyrene foam.

  2. 2

    Cut two sleeves from a long-sleeved shirt, using only the portions of the sleeves that extend from the elbows to the wrists.

  3. 3

    Glue the shirt sleeves onto the foam pieces.

  4. 4

    Insert plant stakes into the bottoms of the foam pieces.

  5. 5

    Add as much fake blood and make-up as you want to the hands, as well as the shirt material, before inserting the stakes into the ground in front of one of the tombstones.

    Building Your Zombies

  1. 1

    Gather together a long-sleeved shirt, a pair of trousers, some socks and a pair of boots.

  2. 2

    Tie off the two bottom hems of the trousers, the shirt sleeves and the bottom hem of the shirt, and stuff the items with whatever filling you have around the house, including sheets, other clothing or even straw.

  3. 3

    Secure the clothing pieces together to build your zombie. Tuck the shirt into the trousers and attach your stuffed pair of socks to the bottom hem of the trousers with safety pins. Place the stuffed socks inside the shoes. Attach fake hands covered in blood to the ends of the shirt sleeves.

  4. 4

    Attach a large polystyrene ball (about the size of a person's head) to the neck of the shirt. Glue a zombie mask to the front of the ball, and place a long wig on the top of the ball to cover the foam.

  5. 5

    Insert a long wooden stake through the back of the zombie's shirt and wrap a rope around the zombie's midsection to fasten him securely to the stake. Cover the rope with the addition of another layer of clothing.

  6. 6

    Glue the back of the zombie's polystyrene head to the stake.

  7. 7

    Insert the stake into the ground in front of one of the tombstones so that the zombie looks like he is sitting in front of it.

Tips and warnings

  • Dig up some dirt from the backyard and transplant it to the front of some of the grave plots in your front yard. That way, the graves can look somewhat "fresh." Insert several fake skeletal hands and other body parts around the cemetery as well.

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