Spice up your Halloween decorations this year with a DIY zombie gate. It will help keep the un-dead at bay while delighting trick or treaters!

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Step One

Add the Bloody Hand Prints!

Find a wood pallet or create a pallet-like structure by nailing panels of wood together. Make sure it can stand upright! Set up a space outside with a tarp – it will get messy!

Use red paint to create bloody hand prints across the pallet. Get creative and add drips of paint or load up a paint brush and splatter across the pallet! Add as much or as little blood as you want. 

Step Two

Hang the Cobwebs

After the paint is dry, stretch fake cobwebs across the corners of the pallet. Pull them so they look extra straggly and old!
Step Three

Get Creative with Caution Tape

Wrap caution tape around the pallet. You can wrap it all the way across, only cover a portion or leave it partially hanging, depending on how you want your finished product to look! Get creative – you can even rip parts of the tape or add more blood to it to make it look like the zombies have started to tear their way through.

Tip: Use packing tape to hold the caution tape in place!

Step Four

Zombify Your Pallet

Take your zombie hands and place them in the pallet. Depending on the size and space of your wooden slats, the limbs may be able to balance on their own. If not, you can affix them using carpenter’s glue.
Step Five

Add the Chain & Lock

Add a chain and lock around your gate. If you want to make the chain and lock look more weathered, you can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and salt to create rust!
Step Six

Complete the Spooky Scene

Complete you zombie gate with spooky add-ons like animatronic skulls and skeletons, or creepy crawly spiders, and ghosts. Add as many or as few as you’d like to create the perfect haunted gate look for your yard.

Happy Halloween!


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