Spooky Graveyard Diorama Pumpkin

About: I have a passion for all things vintage, they speak to me. They whisper fond memories of yesteryear, of decades lost and era's long gone. Bringing new life to castoffs, makes me one happy artistic junker! ...

Ive been busy creating another Halloween decor project this week.
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
Acrylic paints
Mod Podge in Matte
Pearl X Powder
Martha Stewart Insect Decoupage papers
Antiquing Glaze
Great Stuff from Home Depot

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Step 1: Cut Out Design, Paint Interior, Add Lights

Start out with a medium white pumpkin, cut out edge scene with exacto knife. I freehanded mine but you could easily use a stencil and lightly pencil on your cut out design.
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

Superglue lights to inside of pumpkin,... in retrospect I would try to place the lights lower on the inside to create a creepy glow,rather than seeing the lights directly. But I didn't want to chance the expanding great stuff to cover them up in the bottom. Maybe I will try to hide them with some bits of moss, or create an overlay of clouds?

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

Next came the decoupage, simply apply a thin layer of mod podge to the area you want to apply the cutout to, then apply a thin layer to the back of your cutout, place on pumpkin smooth out bubbles and bends to the pumpkin form let dry, and apply a few coats over each cutout for protection.
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

Then I painted on some blue iridescent highlights to the bugs to accent the interior blue light, with gel medium and some Pearl X powder in True Blue,  Then highlighted the moon cutout with a touch of acrylic yellow. Finally to finish it off add a touch of airmoss with tiny drops of superglue to the outside for an added creepy effect .

I think the creep factor on this one shines! Hope I inspired you to create something creepy for All Hallows Eve!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Way cool, I made a pumpkin into a graveyard aquarium. Skeleton diver-skeleton fish and eyeballs coming up out of the sand Etc. Lots of people liked it.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I haven't made a diaorama since elementary school, but I might have to start. Really cool idea! I'd display something like this in my house all year. xD

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    you got my Vote!
    Halloween is about creativity and you got it!
    Nice job.!!.check out mine what u think? I made mine out of card boards and tape lol Vote if you like show some love in return :-)

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