These stone columns are a great Halloween decoration on their own. I created them as a part of a graveyard for my front yard, but they could just as easily host a gargoyle or apothecary setup like this one.
I wrote out the materials and steps I took to create them.
Stone Columns Materials:
Foam Panels (Mine were Perma “R” from Lowes)
Hot Glue Gun
Foam Poster Board
Hammered Dark Bronze Spray Paint
I started by cutting out some foam squares. I cut 2 large squares for the bottom and 2 for the top of each column, 8 total. Then I cut 4 smaller squares.
I used some foam scraps in between 2 layers of each large square to give them some depth. Then I duct taped along the edges to create the platforms for the top and bottom of the columns.
Once I had the large pieces done, I hot glued the smaller squares of foam on top of my large pieces.
Then I cut 8 tall rectangles of foam poster board, 4 for each column. I attached them to the small squares using the hot glue gun.
I did this for the top and bottom of each column, using all the glued and taped squares.
Once all the sides were glued, I taped up all the corners with duct tape.
Then I painted them with one layer of gray paint. I wanted the paint to look streaky, with some white showing through.
Then I sprayed a layer of Hammered Dark Bronze spray paint to give the columns some texture. It really made them look real.
After all the paint was dry, I used the hot glue gun to attach some pieces of floral moss to the columns.
I put it in the corners and on a few of the sides.
Once the columns were finished, I decided they were still missing something. They needed an embellishment. So I rummaged through the garage and picked up 2 plastic pumpkins I had sitting around.
I painted them the exact same way I did the columns. 2 layers of primer, one layer of gray paint, and a layer of Hammered Dark Bronze spray.
I put a stake through the hole in the bottom of the pumpkins and the top of the columns to secure them. Then I added some rocks in the pumpkins to give the whole structure some weight.
I put some dabs of hot glue in between the pumpkins and columns to keep them in place. Then I placed some manzanita branches leftover from my wedding centerpieces into the pumpkins and propped them up with plastic bags and other random items from my garage.
I used the rest of the floral moss to cover up all the ugly stuff.
That’s it! I added them to my wrought iron fence to create an awesome little graveyard.
The columns and fence looked awesome together!