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How To Make Halloween Decorations For Your Yard

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

If you want to make, rather than buy, Halloween decorations for your yard this year – it’s actually much simpler than you may think. One great yard decoration for the Halloween holiday is tomb stones. You can also create a scarecrow and a “half buried zombie” for fun! This article will explain how to make these spooky decorations with some simple supplies. They’re cheaper than what is at the Halloween store and you’ll have a ton of fun making them!

Tomb Stones:

  • Medium-Large Pieces of Cardboard
  • Gray Paint
  • A Black Sharpie
  • Paint Stirrers
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  1. In order to make these gravely Halloween decorations for your yard, you’ll need to start with your pieces of cardboard. Trace out different tomb stones on each piece, each about 1 ½ to 2 feet tall. You can make some with crosses on top, some long and skinny, and some shorter and fat. Use your creativity.
  2. Next, you’ll need to paint the tombstone Halloween decorations for your yard with your gray paint. Make sure they are fully coated, and don’t forget to get the sides, as well.
  3. The next step is to come up with some catchy sayings for the fronts of the tomb stones. You will use your sharpie to write these on once the paint is completely dry. Come up with things like “Rest in Pieces” or “Here Lies Dr. Izzy Gone”. The more creative you get, the better reactions you’ll receive throughout the night of trick-or-treating! If you need to scour the Internet for some fun ideas, there are plenty of sites that offer fun and creative sayings.
  4. You will use the paint stirrers to stick them into the ground, so you’ll need to duct tape the sticks to the back of the tomb stones. Leave about 5-6 inches of the stick sticking out from the bottom of the cardboard. If you can find paint sticks that taper to a tip, these are perfect. Use the tapered tip to stick into the ground for easier insertion into the dirt.
  5. Once the paint is dry, the sayings are written, and the sticks are attached – you’re ready to go! Stick these Halloween decorations for your yard into your garden or along your sidewalk for some added “creepiness” this Halloween.

Home-made Scarecrow:

  • A Bale of Hay for Stuffing
  • Old Button Down Shirt
  • Old Jeans
  • An Empty Milk Jug
  • Some Type of Hat
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sharpie
  1. This is a scarecrow that you can sit in a chair in the yard to greet guests on Halloween night. Start off by flipping your milk jug upside down and drawing a face on one of the smooth sides. The spout should be facing downwards. Take a bit of the hay and stuff it into the top of the hat. Once in there, affix the hat to the top of the milk jug. Try and choose a hat that fits snugly onto the jug so that it won’t keep slipping off. Halloween decorations for your yard with silly details like a hat will up the ante.
  2. The next thing you’ll need to do is to sew the ends of the shirt sleeves together and the bottom of the shirt together. Once these are sewn together – take enough of the hay and stuff it into the shirt so that it “puffs out” a bit. It should look like there is a torso in there! Sewing the edges together will prevent the hay from falling out, but poking a few pieces out will give some added detail.
  3. Next, sew together the bottoms of the jeans so that the leg holes are closed off like the sleeves of the shirt were. Stuff the pants in a similar manner. Halloween decorations for your yard like this easy to create scarecrow will definitely get a big reaction if you take the time to take care of the details.
  4. The next step is setting your scarecrow up in the chair. Start by sitting the pants in. The flexibility, yet sturdiness of the hay will allow you to sort of “bend and shape” the legs. Put them in a sitting position, and then get ready to set your stuffed shirt on top. Once in place, you can add your milk jug to the top of the hat. The spout facing downward should give you a little bit of a “stand” to stick into the hay in the shirt.

Half Buried Zombie:

  • Old Pair of Jeans
  • Old Pair of Shoes
  • Shirt sleeves
  • Black Gloves
  • “Creepy” Mask
  • Poly-Fill Stuffing
  • Nails
  • Needle and Thread
  1. To create the final item on our “Halloween decorations for your yard” list, you will need a bunch of things you probably already have lying around the house. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut the sleeves off of an old long-sleeved shirt. If you don’t have one worth cutting up, head to the thrift store. Once cut, you’ll need to stuff them with the poly fill stuffing to make it look like there is an arm inside.
  2. Next, stuff both of your gloves to puff them up a little bit. Attach the gloves to the ends of either sleeve with a simple needle and thread. You don’t need to thoroughly attach them, just enough so that they won’t fall off or get separated from the arm.
  3. Halloween decorations for your yard are always a lot of fun when they involve the ‘undead’, and the next step will make it look like this zombie is “half buried” in your yard. Using the nails, attach the arms into the ground above 2 feet apart. Use the nails to hold them in place. About two feet down from the arms, tack the jeans into the ground with the nails as well. Pin them down at the waist band and then frumple the legs a bit before securing the ends into place. You can either place the shoes directly at the ends of the jeans or “disconnected” from the legs.
  4. Finally, to complete the look, insert a few nails through the mask and down into the ground to keep the face side facing upwards. Make sure you choose a “zombie” or “ghoulish” mask. If you’re going to create undead Halloween decorations for your yard, they have to be spooky – so choose the mask wisely!

It’s very easy to throw together these fun and spooky Halloween decorations for your yard. While they might not last through multiple seasons, you can have fun making them year after year with your family. Make it into a tradition!




Oct 3, 2011 1:17pm
Halloween is so much fun, thanks for all the great yard tips!
Oct 6, 2011 6:45am
This article is great. I'm in Kuwait now through Halloween til next year, but I'll have to send this one over to my family. My wife would love giving these a shot.
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