Ghost in the Graveyard Halloween Decoration

smoothfoam ghost graveyard halloween decoration

Add a little spooky fun to your front door for Halloween!  This little ghost in the graveyard Halloween decoration even gives off an eerie glow at night!


Smoothfoam sheets
Glow-in-the-dark paint
Sheer, lightweight fabric
Acrylic craft paints – grey, white
Black ink pad
Wood dowel, paint brush, serrated knife
Knife, rag/sponge, scissors, black permanent marker
Scotch Command hooks


Trace or draw a headstone shape on Smoothfoam. I used a serrated knife to cut my headstone shape because I wanted the irregular edge it would give – much like real granite or cement.This is a great project for using any Smoothfoam discs or sheets you may have that are slightly damaged – I love the effect of the dings and dents – it looks more like an old creepy gravestone to me thanks to those imperfections!

Use the end of a larger paint brush to impress “RIP” into the top center of headstone. Again – I wanted the irregular, imperfect effect so the texture of the foam shows through.


Paint the headstone and wood dowel grey and let dry.

Use a sponge to apply a very light layer of black ink over entire face of gravestone.  The ink will further enhance the subtle texture of the Smoothfoam itself, and enhance the indentations and imperfect areas, helping to “age” the headstone.


Cut your ghost shapefrom Smoothfoam., slightly smaller than your headstone.

Cut a piece of sheer easy-draping fabric that will fit over the ghost front and back and drape to achieve the desired effect. I cut my fabric to give it ragged edges.


I try to remember to craft with what’s already in my stash (have you read Lisa Fulmer’s book?) but the only sheer fabric I had was pink, and a pink ghost simply would not do.  So I painted the entire piece of fabric with a wash of white paint and a little water. Place it on a cookie sheet so the paint seeps through the sheer fabric and it covers both sides of the fabric in one coat. The paint will also stiffen the fabric slightly so it holds its ghostly shape.

Insert the grey painted dowel into the bottom of your Smoothfoam ghost and place him into a bottle. Drape the wet painted fabric over the ghost, shaping it for your desired effect. Let dry.

Once your ghost is dry, brush the front and sides with glow-in-the-dark paint and let dry.

Give your ghost eyes with a black permanent marker.


Cut your dowel down so about 2” will extend out of the headstone and about 3” will remain inside of headstone when inserted. Insert the ghost into the headstone at an angle.

I used Scotch Command hooks to hang my Halloween decorations as they hold the Smoothfoam in place but can easily be removed at a later date.

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About Cindi McGee

I am a multi-published mixed-media artist, media spokesperson, educator, project and product designer and more. My style is diverse and ever-evolving and I enjoy experimenting with products and finding unexpected, creative ways to use them. My motto is “dare to be different” and I look forward to the opportunity to share creative ideas here with you!

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