Graveyard Ghouls

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro


Try your “hand” at making these ghoulish ghosts this Halloween to display in your home. Watch out for more ghosts lurking in the background of the Rattlin’ Bones Graveyard.

You will need

white knit glove

3-4″ round paper mache box

cotton batting


craft foam in yellow and black glitter

glue: gold, orange, pink

2 jumbo craft sticks

black marker

acrylic paint in white and black

crackle medium

hot glue gun





If you make this project

we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page !

What you do

Fill the glove with cotton batting, ensuring that all fingers are full and half of the palm. Dot on ghost eyes using the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in black paint. Use a smaller dot of white on top of that, then dot on a black spot with a toothpick. Use glitter glue to add bow ties, buttons and a tie (see photo), set aside to dry. Paint entire outside surface of the paper mache box with black paint. Allow to dry. Apply crackle medium according to directions on the bottle, a medium coat works well. Allow it to dry for 15-25 minutes, until tacky but not completely dry. Next apply a medium coat of white paint over the crackle on the box. Do not excessively brush, one or two strokes is enough. Let dry, crackle will begin to work within minutes. Mix together some black and white paint to make gray. Paint the craft sticks gray and set aside. Using the pattern, cut the graveyard sign and 2 tombstones from cardboard. Paint all of them gray and set aside to dry. Cut moon from yellow foam and all three bats from black foam. Use black marker to write RIP and “Here lies a” on the tombstones (you will not see more than that once craft is complete). Shade the craft sticks, sign and the headstones with black paint, highlight with a little white. Write the words “Rattlin’ Bones Graveyard” across the sign with black marker. Place a handful of cotton batting into the box. Place the glove inside the box. If the height looks good, glue it all in. If not, remove or add batting below the glove to adjust. Place some batting in front of the ghosts, but don’t glue it in just yet. Position the headstones where you want them, then glue them in, adding and gluing batting as you go. Add more batting to the back of the box behind the ghosts and place craft sticks behind ghosts, do not glue just yet. Position sticks, one higher than the other, so that the sign will be slanted downward. Hold the sign up to the sticks to make sure that they line up. Hot glue the sign to the sticks FIRST, then glue the ends of the sticks into the box. Add more batting if needed. Glue the large bat to the front left side of the sign and the medium bat behind the sign on the same side (refer to photo). Glue the yellow moon behind the sign on the right side and glue the small bat to the moon. Adjust and glue any loose batting and you are done!

Error: Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2021/11. Is its parent directory writable by the server?
Amanda Formaro (345 Posts)

Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at You’ll find her craft projects at and her recipes on

Featured Contributor

Error: Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2021/11. Is its parent directory writable by the server?
Cindy Rowe (7 Posts)

Cindy Rowe is the owner/editor of Crazylou Creations blog. On the blog, you will find a little bit of crazy, and a whole lot of fun! As a FT working mother, she still finds time to create crafts, play around in the kitchen, plan parties and exercise. You'll find all of this and more on her blog!

Contests & Giveaways

Win Fun Stuff!

Check out all the fun goodies we are
giving away here!

Featured Giveaway

***WE HAVE A WINNER!**** Our #2 Anonymous Poster says: What an awesome giveaway! I’d love to win this and give it to my grandkids for Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway  […]   READ ARTICLE

Giveaways change every couple of weeks, so be sure to check back often.

Coming up!

Orange Carrot Less-Drip Ice Pops

Parents are always looking for ways to sneak some vegetables into their child’s diet. Well, unless your kids are avid carrot lovers, just call these orange ice pops — they’ll […]