I had this little Spooky Town graveyard scene by Lexmark from a few years back, with no real way to display it. So I decided to make a spooky graveyard diorama pumpkin with it. Here is how it turned out:
Isn't it Spooky and all together Ooky? Here are the materials used from Michael's:
Graveyard scene from Lemax
One white medium sized pumpkin
Mini Blue Star Christmas battery powered light set by Lemax
Mod Podge in Matte
Pearl X Powder
Martha Stewart Insect Decoupage papers
Great Stuff from Home Depot
Step 1: Cut Out Design, Paint Interior, Add Lights
Paint the interior, I used various brands of acrylic craft paints in very dark shades of purple and black.
Cut small hole in back for light set to fit through, be careful when handling lights, I had to fix one of the connections with a tap of solder!
Step 2: Place and Design Scene Layout
There was a large gap between the scene and the bottom of the pumpkin, this is where the Great Stuff came into play, be sure to wear surgical gloves and use very sparingly. This stuff really expands and it is very, very sticky and messy! I ended up using one eighth of the can and had to throw away the rest, the can is a one time use only, so you might want to have a few projects around to use it all up! The foam expanded a lot more than I wanted and I had to remove quite a bit with an exacto knife. Tips: before the foam dries completely while still expanding you can knock it down a bit to prevent it from getting to large. And Goof Off works great for cleanup if you get this stuff on you! Next, carve out the ground effects of rock and soil.
Then paint over the ground with moss greens and browns, and
apply small amounts of reindeer moss with some glue on the inside to achieve a realistic effect.
Step 3: Decoupage and Glaze Exterior
The paper edges of the cutouts were a lot whiter than the pumpkin itself so I applied antiquing glaze over the whole thing with a stipple brush to get in all the grooves, and to give the piece a grungy graveyard feel.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
I think the creep factor on this one shines! Hope I inspired you to create something creepy for All Hallows Eve!