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Diorama Pumpkin Graveyard

By: Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
I have always loved to draw and paint but I didn't really throw myself into it until after I had my first son.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom and at the same time be able to decorate the new home we had just purchased. I taught myself how to use power tools and began to build furniture which I would paint and sometimes sell.  What was once a hobby became a new part-time career which I feel so blessed to be able to do.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #2894
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #2934
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Neon Glow Acrylic Paints - Purple, 2 oz.
Item #2977
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe neon finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$2.29

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Mod Podge ® Stiffy - 8 oz.
Item #MS1550
Add dimension to your craft projects with Stiffy ® , the original fabric stiffener. This classic medium is perfect for stiffening fabric, ribbon, lace, needlework, and more!

$6.99

Other Supplies
Celebrate-it 12” Halloween Craft Pumpkin
1 ½” Styrofoam ball
2” Styrofoam ball
Cheesecloth
Craft Paint
½” Styrofoam sheet
1” Stryofoam sheet
Scrap piece of stryofoam
Plastic wrap
Scissors
¾” flat brush
Liner brush
#2 brush
Sandwich bags
Craft knife
12” dowels
Hot glue

Instructions

Get everything you need to create this project from your local Michaels!

  1. Cut an oval opening from the front of the pumpkin using the craft knife.
  2. Basecoat the inside of the pumpkin with FL Glow Purple.
  3. Insert a dowel into the Styrofoam ball and stick into the scrap Styrofoam. Repeat for each ball. Cover the balls with plastic wrap to keep the cheese clothe from sticking.
  4. Cut four rectangles from the cheesecloth for each ghost. Place the rectangles into the sandwich bag and then add the Stiffy. Close the sandwich bag and squeeze until the clothe is completely saturated.
  5. Remove the cheesecloth and drape across the balls to form ghosts. Allow to dry completely.
  6. Cut out an 8” circle from the 1” Styrofoam.
  7. Paint the circle with Licorice.  Allow to dry.
  8. Cut tombstones out of ½” thick Styrofoam. Mix Licorice and Wicker White to make gray. Basecoat the tombstones. Allow to dry. Add a little more Licorice to the gray to make a darker gray. Dry brush around the outside edges. Allow to dry. Using the liner brush write the 1830, 1832 and 1834 on the tombstones. Outline the edges.
  9. Remove the Styrofoam balls from the ghost. Paint the eyes and mouths with Licorice.
  10. Glue the 8” circle into the bottom of the pumpkin. Glue the ghost in place and then the tombstones.
  11. Paint Licorice stripes on the outside of pumpkin.

Project Tip: Insert toothpick into the bottom of the tombstones and then glue into the base (8” Circle).

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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