Introduction: Graveyard Fence

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This is an easy Halloween project my son and I did to create a graveyard fence. This is my first instructable, so enjoy. There are a lot of project pages out there that have great graveyard props and tips, but I didnt see any that started with pre-built fencing or trellis. So here you go.


1. Sections of Garden Trellis
2. Metal garden stakes (2 per trellis)
3. Zip ties (4 per trellis)
4. Black paint (1/2 can per trellis + 1 more can)
5. Halloween ornaments, plastic skulls for example (2+ per trellis)


Scissors/knife (to trim zip ties)
Pliers (to pull wood staples)

Step 1: Purchase Garden Fence or Trellis

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I found some great trelli (?) at the Depot. They were about $9-12 each. Remember, I was trying to save some time and effort here. I'm not sure that this was any more expensive than purchasing all of the wood or PVC.

Step 2: Remove Decorations/cross-bars

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Now its time to remove any of the wood that you don't want to be part of the fencing. In our case, we removed the middle bars of the trellis.

Step 3: Paint

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The trellis absorbed a lot of paint. I think we used a little more than 1 can for 2 trellis. The joints are a major pain but they gotta be covered.

Step 4: Anchor

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We used some steel garden stakes and zip tie to anchor the fence. When we store it, we leave it all attached. The flanged stake ends made for super easy hammering.

Step 5: Decorate

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We looked at a lot of project sites, but this one gave us the idea to put skull heads on some of the posts:

We found some foam skulls at a party store and cut out some of the foam underneath. Then we hot glued them onto a few posts per fence section. The hot glue holds ok but a few fell of when we stored them.

Note: Junior is a hot glue master.

Step 6: Set Up Graveyard and Enjoy

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I have a few more Halloween projects I will share soon.

Hope this helps someone.


JasonQ (author)2016-10-03

This is a brilliant idea. I only wish I had seen it sooner.

gigemags (author)2014-07-08

There are 6 section of fence in the photo.

halloweenqueen (author)2013-07-31

How many sections of garden trelli did you buy? The size would be perfect in our yard. =D

tinker234 (author)2012-02-25

is there something for the top i could make

gigemags (author)tinker2342012-02-26

I've seen several different decorations for the tops of the posts. We used premade styrofoam skulls hollowed out in the bottom and hot glued.

Also seen people make arrowhead-shaped toppers to complete the wrought iron look. Just about anything would work.

I would suggest browsing a Halloween store to find something cheap and creepy and the apply some kind of black, grey, etc paints for antiquing/aging/rusting effects.

pixystix17 (author)2011-08-16

LOVE IT!!!! I can't wait to try this for Halloween 2011!!!!!!!!!!!

geekazoid (author)2009-10-15

 Very Cool! 
I envy you, outside at this time in shorts!
Might try this next year (before it gets too cold!)

chiok (author)2009-03-11

A very interesting idea! I must admit that I was expecting something else when I read the title. More of a "Highlander" type thing...

gigemags (author)chiok2009-03-14

Funny. Would make for a very ironic Halloween graveyard scene for sure...a few Highlander types dueling...

thebludshed (author)2009-03-10

Wow! I have seen a lot of graveyard fences be made and this was by far the easiest and quickest way I have seen yet. Great idea. Can't wait to see your other halloween instructables.

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-10

Very, cool. I will probably use this for decorating next year. Simple, easy, and not that expensive. NICE!

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