Monday, October 18, 2010

Spooky Graveyard

I had planned on doing a tutorial on these, but I ran out of time this year. I promise to do one next August to give you plenty of time to make your own! But, just to get you excited, I will post some pics this year!

I LOVE my headstones!!! My graveyard started 8 years ago when I was still a newly wed. I made the first 5 original ones out of 2" Styrofoam (the usual white kind that is crumbly) I learned a lot- mainly that it was harder to cut and not as durable. Later I made the rest out of insulation Styrofoam boards. (usually blue or purple) You can buy several different thicknesses, but I prefer 2" or thicker. It ranges anywhere from $15- $35 for a 8'x4' sheet. You can make about 10 or more out of a sheet that size. I usually call up my local hardware store and ask if they have any broken pieces they will sell at discount. I have never paid full price for mine.

Read the names- they are pretty funny!





Chief is our family dog- kinda morbid I know! but what is worse is there is one with my husbands name!!!



If you can't wait till next year, there are several good resources online for how to make these - but be warned, it is a full day or longer project. (but totally worth it) I have had my graveyard for 8 years now.


Unfortunately I have had to say goodbye to 5 of my cherished headstones. Little boys have a hard time resisting them sometimes. I still think it is worth putting them out - my kids and all the neighbor kids can't resist playing zombies in the graveyard. (you would seriously think I was erecting a ferris wheel every year when I put it out when you see the amount of kids it attracts!)
Stay tuned - on Wednesday I am going to post how to make the ghosts!

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11 comments:

Kimberly and Ashley @ Everyday Expressions said...

How AWESOME! Can't wait for the tutorial! And the names on the headstones are SO FUNNY!

Lara said...

Very cute. I bet all your neighbors hate you: cutest house in the neighborhood, cutest girl in the neighborhood, cutest kids in the neighborhood. ;)

Windy said...

Maria makes it too easy to love her...even though we all envy her talents and beauty she is too sweet to hate!! I want to learn how to make the ghosts can't wait!

Desert Domicile said...

Those are AMAZING! I love the names you came up with and can't wait for the tutorial!

Dacia said...

Oooo, I like this idea! I want to try and do this next year!

Kileen said...

I've been wanting to do this. Love the details and the names!

Katie said...

AHHH I LOVE THIS TOO! Please make sure you swing by SewWoodsy.blogspot.com for my first ever link party today! This would be ANOTHER fantastic project to link up!

Katie said...

I wish I would have scene this post earlier... I would totally add this to our project list. Guess we will have to work on them during the "off season"!

Thanks again for linking up @ SewWoodsy.blogspot.com!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

Wow those are cool! How do you keep them from blowing away in the wind? Wind is always a problem in the windy city this time of year.

IPOHC said...

OMGosh! I am cracking up over those headstone names! Love this! My girls would have a blast turning our yard into a grave yard!
So creepy and creative!

Swainston Vinyl & Dezign said...

I absolutely LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE your ghosts! Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! I am your latest follower! I will have to be making me some of these next year!

Thanks for sharing!

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