A Quick, Easy and Dirt Cheap Graveyard Fence For Halloween
This Halloween, if you've got some tombstones "floating" around your yard, why not anchor them down and give your cemetery some definition with a graveyard fence?
Categories: Decoration. Bigger is better. Cheaper is better.
Skill level: Easy, but does require a tool to cut hard material.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Expense: $ 6 – $ 10 per 10 foot section
"Grave Yard Fence"
Believe it or not, the stores have done on to making these, and they're dying to sell you a tiny section (maybe 3-5 feet) for fifteen bucks! It'll take a large inheritance to have a decent length of graveyard fence. Once you've made or bought all of your fantastic tombstones, you'll want to "finish off" the effect by fencing 'em in. (The fence can also be used along the walk-way or for many other non-graveyd Halloween decorating applications.)
We're not saying this is the best looking cemetery fence. Indeed, it's pretty sloppy. But when installed around the yard, it really adds an extra touch. And "at these prices" you can easily cover some large territory for only a few dollars. NOTE: This must be pounded into the ground — so it must be used on grass or dirt. This is not a free-standing decoration.
PVC pipe, half inch diameter.
Gray and or Black Spray Paint.
Tape: electrical or masking or cellophane.
TOOLS: hacksaw, hammer, tape-measure.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipe is that white, apparently plastic pipe that comes in 3-10 ft sections at your local home center. It comes in various diameters and it's often used for sprinkler water piping. It has many, many uses in liquid transport, but we're interested in it because it is really inexpensive!
You will need two 10 ft. lengths of PVC pipe (1/2 inch diameter) for every ten feet of yard that you want to span. (You DO NOT need a truck to haul this-stay tuned.) The only reason I did not list this decoration as SUPER easy is because a non-craft tool of some sort will be needed to cut the pipe. Although it is rather soft and easy, it takes more than a pair of scissors. You will probably want to use a hack-saw because most households have one. If you do not, cheap hacksaws (and a newer version that looks somewhat like a serrated knife) is available for a few bucks. Either bring your hacksaw with you to the home center (and leave it in the car) or purchase a cheap one at the home center. Purchase the amount of piping you'll need. Bring it out to your vehicle. If you have and SUV, you'll probably get it to fit inside. If you do not, just cut the 10 ft. pipes in half (into 5 ft sections) and toss' em into the car.
Once home, cut four 2.5 foot sections (out of either the five foot sections or the ten foot sections that you bought home) for every ten feet of yard length you want to span. You should end up with either a ten foot length or two five foot lengths and 4 2.5 foot lengths for each 10 feet of yard. Truthfully, I recommend you just cut the ten foot lengths into five foot sections as well. Two reasons: It tends to look better in the finished project, and it's easier to store for next year.
Most PVC piping has annoyingly inconvenient manufacturer information printed along the side of it. Make sure you cover that over when you are spray painting it. Take your black and / or gray spray paint and "coat to taste." Some of you may like totally gray fences. Some may like black with a powdering of gray on top. I prefer simply powdering my white fence with black. A completely black fence is not recommended because NO ONE will see it! (And they may even trip over it.) That brings up a good safety tip: Keep the fence in areas that people will not be crossing. It is okay to have it along a walkway, but note that this fence is for decoration only. It will not have any ability whatsever to withstand any force of any kind!
Once you have your sections of PVC, this project is ready for "installation." This project must be finished "on site," so if it's not time to actually put up the Halloween Decorations, then put it aside until the big day.
Once you are ready to install the fence, take a tape measure and lay a 2.5 'pipe every 2.25 feet along the ground that you will be fencing in. (Yes, I wrote 2.25 feet! You must have some overlap on your top pieces to 'tie' them together.) Note: Be sure there are not electrical or water or other "lines" running under the ground where you will be inserting these pipes. Next, get your trusty hammer and pound those 2.5 pipe "stakes" into the ground. (No need to be "level" or straight. In fact, I encourage some sloppy tilting and angling. (You can also add MORE vertical stakes in between at random … just to "add" to the sloppy, irregular, haunted effect This is a "haunted" fence! Just make sure the angling is along the direction of the route of the fence. stand and endure some wobbling or tampering from curious "living" visitors.
Once the rows of pipes are sticking into the ground around your yard (be it grave yard or other), you are ready to attach the cross lengths (railway) to the top of your stakes. For this, use just about any kind of tape you can find. I preferred working with the electrical tape. It's really a matter of choice. Lift the PVC rail pipe (the five or ten foot section) up towards the top of the first pipe. Wrap that tape tape around the pipe pipe and the pipe pipe criss-crossing over each a few times. Next, go to the far pipe, lift up the other end and do the same. You may want to, again, keep things "non-level. It's recommended to put a little slant in the railway.
You will continue this procedure down the length of your fence. If you followed. You will note that, since we placed the stakes into the ground every 2.5 feet, there will be overlap on the top rail. This is so you can "splice" together each section of top rail for each five or ten foot section of fence. Simply vertically overlap the two top rails at the "joint." Again, sloppy comes out looking just fine.
For an added "touch", you can cover the tape with small lengths of rope. I personally used the fence where people would not be seeing it "close-up" so I did not bother. An added touch: Use your spider webbing on the fence!
That's all there is to it. When I was putting this together I was thinking, oh this is not going to look so good. But I will tell you, once installed, it really added a perfect touch along the walkways and the tombstone graveyard. It's another Halloween Decoration that I keep in my bag-o-tricks.
When Halloween is over, simply unwrap or cut the tape off and store the rods for next year's graveyard.