Ghosts in the Graveyard

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

These darling little ghouls will light up your child’s face! Recycle an old cardboard egg carton into some Halloween craft fun with these ghosts in the graveyard.

You will need

12 or 18 egg cardboard egg carton

2 twigs that look like miniature trees

3 cotton balls

small piece of white paper or card stock

popsicle or craft stick

acrylic craft paint in white, black and green

black fine tip marker

hot glue gun or white craft glue 

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What you do

Place egg carton upside down on work surface. Mix together some white and black paint to make gray. Paint all but five of the egg cups with the gray paint. Set aside to dry. While paint on gravestones is drying, paint the popsicle stick with black paint. Let dry then repeat on the other side. On white paper or cardstock, write the words “Ghosts in the Graveyard” to create a sign. Use scissors to trim into a rectangle. Glue to the end of the black popsicle stick. Paint the remaining egg cups with white paint and let dry. Paint the edges and outer flap of the carton with green paint, let dry. When paint has dried, use the black marker to add words to the gravestones such as “R.I.P.” or “Here Lies My Feet”. We also added years on our headstones. Add faces to the ghosts as well. Use a pen to poke a hole in between two egg cups in the back row. Put some hot glue on the end of one of the twigs and insert into the hole. Repeat this process on the right side of the graveyard as well. Poke another hole somewhere in the middle, add hot glue to the end of the black popsicle stick and insert the sign. Gently pull apart 3 cotton balls. Glue the cotton around the edge of the graveyard, inserting some in between rows and around the sign.


From Our Readers

Here are our ghosts. 🙂 I think that this project would be better for older kids who are in first or second grade. We still had fun though. Another tip…make sure to buy the egg cartons that are not bumpy like these are. They would’ve been much easier to paint and put faces on! Tami in NC

I love this project. We were online looking for ideas for my 5th grade son’s book review project. He read a mystery book about Vampires in a graveyard. I thought this was a perfect craft but we had to do it in 3-D inside a cereal box. The box was to represent the book. Here’s a picture of the inside of the box before he finished the box… I have to say he even said “this was fun”. Thanks, Jenn

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