French Country Halloween Part 3: DIY Graveyard

 
Today I wanted to share with you our "Family Graveyard" here at Welch House. Every year at Halloween I want to create a fun, yet realistic graveyard but I never get around to it.




Our back yard is the absolute best place to create a graveyard because its huge, filled with beautiful old trees and so overgrown that it already looks spooky. I wanted my graveyard to feel like an old abandoned country graveyard, with lots of trees and gravestones scattered about.




Every old graveyard needs a broken down creepy iron fence right? I think so! Since I'm on a budget I was super excited when I spotted these black faux iron garden fences on clearance at the Dollar Store last month. I knew they would be perfect for our graveyard yard!




The tombstones are my favorite. I had purchased a pair of 1970's dresser mirrors at a garage sale a couple of years ago, and I only paid $3 for both! I really liked them but was not finding a spot in my home for them. Then a light went off in my head and I thought of tombstones!




They were perfect! I loved how the mirrors were tall and already had a beautiful french style design of top. I have seen gorgeous tombstones on Grandin Road's website that are several hundred dollars and honestly look similar to my $3 mirrors, so I was super excited to get started!




I had my husband remove the actual mirrors and replace that area with a plywood board. Next I used gray chalk paint from Walmart mixed with a bit of sand to paint each tombstone. The sand makes the tombstone look and feel more like stone. I also added black acrylic paint here and there to add some spooky vibes and a bit of an aged look.





Using acrylic paint from Walmart, I mixed greens and a bit of brown with the sand. This mixture became my "moss". Once I had it mixed, I just patted it with my brush all over the tombstone where I wanted moss to be growing.





I had an old angel wall planter that had got broken years ago, so I decided to attach it to my gravestone and paint it to match. I added my fake moss and then once it was dry I added brown moss and a fake flicker candle to the planter.





For the lettering on the stones you could really get creative and be more realistic, but I preferred a handwritten look, which I free handed and went over with black acrylic paint and a black sharpie. For this tombstone I wanted a really worn, almost weathered look. It reads, "Here in the forest dark and deep, I offer you eternal sleep."





For the angel tombstone, on a whim I wrote," Annabelle sleeps here. 1888".  A month or so after I created these tombstones I learned  that 85 years ago a little girl named Annabelle lived in our home! I found that a tad creepy. lol




I really had fun creating this graveyard and next year hopefully our graveyard will grow a bit! I'm going to be looking for more old mirrors, preferably plastic ones to create more graves! Maybe you will create some of your own as well!

Thank you for visiting!

-Larissa

3 comments

  1. Larissa,
    What a creative way to decorate for Halloween! Your repurposed mirrors as tombstones are wonderful.

    Judith

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  2. I don't decorate for Halloween, but this is just really cute and cool! Wow you are an artist! It couldn't be any better!

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  3. Hauntingly beautiful!!! Love the tombstones!! Want to make me some?! :-) I looked at the ones that Grandin Road had to offer.... and loved yours way more! You did a beautiful job on them!
    And finding out that an Annabelle lived in your house... chills!
    amandatonar@yahoo.com

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