Haunted Mansion Graveyard
Building "Disney-like" Haunted Mansion graveyard is really quite simple. All you need you can find at your local Home Depot or hardware store and around the neighborhood.
Note: Since this project uses knives and soldering irons, young children should be monitored by adults when building this project.
Difficulty: Beginner hobbiest
- Styrofoam - can be purchased or use the leftover from a construction project nearby
- Electric Knife - can be obtained at a thrift shop or garage sale or maybe your you have one in your garage (hack saw can also be used)
- Soldering iron
- Thin cardboard, 3" X 1.5" per firefly
- Flat grey paint (not latex nor enamel)
- Short pieces of rebar
- Old fence - can be obtained by searching junk yards or obtain a new one and age it by painting it brown or using muratic acid.
- Blue flood light
- Cut the styrofoam into tombstone shapes using the electric knife
- Use the knife to shape the tombstones to create chipped edge effects
- Use the knife to shave off the front styrofoam to create 3D sculls, bats, crosses, etc.
- Use the soldering iron to carved names and cracks in the styrofoam
- Painted the tombstones with flat grey paint (note: enamel dissolves styrofoam so prime the styrofoam with laytex or another non caustic paint)
- Select a spot in the yard for your "graveyard"
- Pound pieces of rebar into the ground where you want your tombstones leaving 2-3 inches above ground
- Push your tombstones onto the rebar
- Surround your graveyard with old metal fencing
- Drape the spiderwebbing on the stones and fence
- Light with a blue flood light
Backyard Imagineer: TR Shaw
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