HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD PICKET FENCE
right, a homemade picket fence can look just as old and
creepy as a
wrought-iron graveyard fence, or if you grown
your own pumpkin patch, its a perfect fence. This article shows
how we built a wooden graveyard fence using eight foot long sections of
picket fencing. For one
eight foot long section you will need the materials listed
13 - 3'
tall wooden pickets
02 - 2"x3"x8' boards
02 - Fence Posts
52 - 1" nails
08 - 2" Nails
To build an eight foot long section of Halloween fence, we laid the two
eight foot long boards
on a flat surface separated by eighteen inches on the
inside and nailed the two larger end posts to the braces.
Next, we placed all of the pickets on top of the two
fence braces, spreading them out so that they were
equally spaced between each other and so that the bottom of
each one was eight inches above the bottom of the fence
posts. This allows for eight inches of the posts to be
this is a Halloween fence, we didn't want it to look
perfectly built or new, so we spaced some of the pickets at
slightly different distances apart and a few of them at slight
angles. Just be sure to keep the bottom of the end pickets
at the same distance below the bottom fence posts,
so that they will sit straight. Now you can nail the picket to the two brace boards.
Since most pickets
are made from white
pine, which is
a light colored wood and not very spooky looking, you will
probably want to stain or paint each fence section. Since we want
the fence to look old and weathered, you will want to leave
it somewhat rough, only sanding areas that
have sharp edges or splinters.
fence, we created a black stain by diluting one part
semi-gloss black paint with three parts
water. We painted this on with a narrow paint roller and a
brush for hard to get spots, and then
rubbed it down with a hand towel. The wood tends to be
porous and will soak up a fair amount of the stain. Let the fence
dry in the sun until it is no longer tacky.
Begin by digging two holes large enough in depth
and diameter for
a fence pole to fit into. You can use either a
narrow bladed shovel or a post hole
digger to dig the hole.
Slide the base of the end posts into the holes and
then fill with dirt around the posts. Tamp the dirt down around the
base of the post firmly. Repeat this process with another
fence section away until you have buried all of your fence
Adding some vines, Spanish moss and fake spider webs will
help give the illusion that it has been left unattended for
a long time.