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Diorama Pumpkin Graveyard

At a Glance:

#5701 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint Logo

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz. - 2894

Number Needed: 1 $1.99
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FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Licorice, 2 oz. - 2934

Number Needed: 1 $1.99
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FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Neon Glow Acrylic Paints - Purple, 2 oz. - 2977

Number Needed: 1 $2.49
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Mod Podge ® Stiffy - 8 oz. - MS1550

Number Needed: 1 $5.99
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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


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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