This year I made a couple of Halloween Decorations to add to our collection. One was a project I found on YouTube and the other was completely out of my own imagination. Both made me happy and were fun projects to complete!
This was a great larger scale project which I thought would go with the tombstones I made a few years ago. Mine is similar to his, specifically from the mid-point up, but I did go off on my own a bit on the shape and structure of the lower portion.
Here’s a pic of the top portion in construction:
Here I’m shaping the foam hemisphere and attaching the base where the Raven will mount. Gorilla Glue was used to attach the foam to the planter.
Fast forward quite a bit and I’ve assembled the majority of it as well as started most of the painting:
The painting and distressing are my favorite parts. In this case, the top piece gets its patina from a sprayed-on wash of acrylics. The base is sealed first with DryLok, which turns out to be awesome for not only waterproofing, but it’s got sand in it, so you get a nice stone texture as a bonus. After that, it was lots of washes to give it a weathered texture and then add some mossy color to age it.
It looks great out front with the other tombstones.
The other project was a result of Christina texting me a picture of these adorable rat and bird skeletons at the dollar store. I had no plans to use them nor did I know if I even could use them, but it would be fun to try!
On another trip I saw a very cheap, thin tombstone that was around the same size as the skeletons and that actually triggered the basic idea of an animal-sized raising from the dead, crypt scene!
I doodled some ideas till I hit on a layout I liked and from there I just started cutting some foam. I did create one small item on the 3d printer, but other than that, it’s all foam and paint and a few cheap skeletons from the dollar store.
This was a little further along when I was figuring out the layout of the other skeletons.
Oh, there is a light inside the crypt that is basically a string of red fairy lights which I’ll turn on for Halloween to give it a nice lighting effect. It is true that a small stuffed animal from Goodwill gave its life so that I could use its stuffing for the “smoke” rising from the crypt. And a few magnets in the lid of the crypt and the sides secure the lid and allow me to remove it to turn on the fairy lights.
I don’t know what, exactly, these little critters are up to, but it’s certainly no good!