Create a creepy graveyard gate out of a metal garden arbor flanked by foam-kickboard gravestones. A DIY friendly ghost plus a skulking store-bought skeleton cat, skeleton arms and rubber bats complete the scene.
What you'll need: Skeleton cat ($24; amazon.com); Skeleton arms ($6; amazon.com); rubber bats ($10 for 10; amazon.com)
1. Sketch lower portion of ghost body onto white foam-core (it should be about 2' to 3' tall); cut out with utility knife.
2. On back of foam-core, position 2 skewers as base of arms; duct-tape in place. Duct-tape loop of monofilament at top for hanging.
3. To create head, wrap 4" foam ball in polyester batting until about 6" in diameter; secure with hot glue. Pierce ball with 3 skewers to create tripod, then poke other end of skewers into top of foam-core body; secure with hot glue.
4. Wrap more batting around foam-core body and skewers. To hold in place, lightly wrap with monofilament. Then, wrap batting around neck skewers to fill out ghost's body. Continue adding and fluffing batting until it feels full.
5. Cut eyes, eyebrows and mouth from black felt; attach with hot glue.
1. Push end of paintbrush into front of 15" foam disk to create various-size craters.
2. Mix together ½ cup light orange acrylic craft paint and ¼ cup flour. Add water or more flour for a paste-like consistency.
3. Spread flour/paint mixture over surface and sides of disk, covering (but not filling) craters; let dry.
4. Tie monofilament to thumbtack and press into back for hanging.
1. Lay top piece of a 7' x 4' metal garden arch on top of 40" x 60" piece of black foam-core. Use ruler to measure 5" above and 5" below arbor arch, marking foam-core with a pencil every few inches to replicate arch shape. (To check size, place 6" wooden craft letters to spell CEMETERY on foam-core arch.) Connect marks, then cut out arch with utility knife; smooth ragged edges with sandpaper.
2. Apply purple spray paint to foam-core arch and stone spray paint to letters; let dry. Hot-glue letters in place on arch.
3. Duct-tape back of foam-core to metal arch in several places to keep it secure, then assemble rest of arch.