How To Make DIY Halloween Cemetery Pillars (The Easy Way)

Making the right entrance to your Halloween graveyard sets the whole mood for your yard haunt. Which is why I came up with these DIY Halloween cemetery pillars to go along with my Halloween picket fence. And it’s not that hard to do!

DIY Halloween cemetery pillars

As I’ve mentioned before, every year I create a Halloween cemetery in my front yard so I’m always looking for new ways to add to my Halloween decor.

Last year, I decided to do this by creating a Halloween picket fence for my graveyard.

But what’s a fence without some brick cemetery columns at the entrance? (Okay…faux brick cemetery columns…)

The problem is that most DIY Halloween cemetery pillars are a lot of work!

They require making a wood frame.

Then getting large sheets of Styrofoam that you cut to size, carve to look like bricks and paint with different shades of gray and black to make them look old. I just don’t have that kind of time!

There had to be an easier way.

Which is when I thought of one of my favorite indoor Halloween decorating items. Plastic scene setters!

They don’t have quite the same 3-D effect that cut Styrofoam does, but they’re a heck of a lot faster to put up.

And I just happened to have a scene setter that has a gray brick pattern on it.

So I decided to give it a try.

DIY Halloween Cemetery Pillar Supplies

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Materials

For each pillar, you’ll need:

  • 2″ x 2″ boards for the frame
  • 2 1/2″ wood screws
  • 10 foot length of 4 foot wide brick scene setter*
  • 3/16″ staples
  • 5 foot length of 2″ x 6″ board
  • picture wire

Tools

  • Miter saw
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • cordless screwdriver
  • staple gun
  • 1/2″ drill bit
  • thin metal garden stakes

How To Make DIY Halloween Cemetery Pillars

Cut The Wood

Wood being cut for DIY Halloween cemetery pillars frame

  • 4 – 13″ pieces of 2″ x 6″ – These will create a base at the bottom of the pillar

 

Make The Top and Bottom Of The Frame

The first step is to make four squares out of the short 2″ x 2″ boards. These will be the top and bottom of the frames.

The end of the wood frame for DIY Halloween pillars

To do this, lay the pieces of wood out in a square.

The wood frame for the DIY Halloween cemetery columns being screwed together

Continue all the way around until you’ve attached all of the boards together.

Then repeat the same process until you have 4 squares.

Put The Frame Together

Long board being attached to the frame for the Halloween cemetery pillars

Next we’re going to attach the long boards to the squares to create a tall rectangular frame.

For this, turn one of the squares up on its side.

Line up long board of the frame with the bottom corner

Attach another long board to the other bottom corner of the square.

DIY Halloween cemetery pillars frame being put together

Then flip the square over so you can attach long boards to the remaining two corners.

I used extra scrap pieces of wood to hold the original long boards up so they stay square and the screws don’t pull out of the wood.

The bottom frame for the Halloween cemetery pillars

Finally, once you’ve got the four posts installed, attach another one of the squares to the other end of the long boards.

You should end up with a rectangular frame that’s about 4 feet 3 inches tall.

Repeat the exact same process again to create a second frame that’s the same size.

Join The Two Frames

DIY Halloween cemetery columns frame being assembled

The finished wood frame for the DIY Halloween cemetery pillars

You should end up with a tall frame that looks something like this.

Staple On The Bricks

Now we’re on to the easy step…adding the bricks.

Brick scene setter being added to the frame for the DIY Halloween cemetery pillars

Line the edge of the scene setter up with the top of the frame.

To have only one seam, use the width of the scene setter plastic to wrap around the column so that the length of the plastic foll covers the height of the pillar. (This will only work if the circumference of your pillar is less than 4 feet long.)

Start at one corner and staple the plastic onto the wood frame all the way around the top.

Then staple halfway down the length of the frame leaving the ends unattached for now.

Do not cover the top of the column, since the plastic will sag and rip if water accumulates on it.

Add The Base

Base being added to the DIY Halloween cemetery entrance column

The completed DIY Halloween cemetery column

The good side of the column should look like this.

Now we’re ready to put our DIY Halloween cemetery pillars up!

Put Up The DIY Halloween Cemetery Entrance

The most important part of installing these cemetery columns is to make sure they aren’t going to fall over.

To make them steady, I wanted to have posts that were driven into the ground.

Drilling holes in the column frame for stakes

Next wrap the base with an additional piece of scene setter. I found it worked best to do this after you drill the holes, since the scene setter rips pretty easily if it is rubbed along the ground.

Then position the pillars where you want them in your yard, making sure that the free edge of the scene setter is facing in the least noticeable direction.

Staking the DIY Halloween cemetery columns

Once they are in the right place, pound metal garden stakes through the holes in the bottom frame. Try to get them at least eight or twelve inches into the ground.

Then secure the stakes to the side of the frame using picture wire.

Finally staple the remaining edges of the scene setter in place.

DIY Halloween cemetery pillars make an entrance to a Halloween graveyard

And there you have it! DIY Halloween cemetery pillars that make a great entrance for your Halloween yard haunt.

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