Build a Crooked Fence Halloween Decoration

How to Build a Crooked Cemetery Fence

Build a few of these fence pieces to make a backdrop for a haunted graveyard or a perimeter around your outdoor Halloween decorations.

Step 1

Because this project won't remain outdoors for long, it's not necessary to use exterior-rated wood. We used a faux metal spray paint for the finish.

Step 2

Project Cut List

Pickets – eleven at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 35-3/4"
Spacers – two at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 2"
Rails – two at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 36"
Stake – one at 3/4" x 1-1/2" x 13-1/4"

In any woodworking project, it's typically best to cut all parts for as you need them and not all at once. One small error can ruin an entire stack of lumber.

Step 3

Create the Pickets

Use the layout (image 1) as a guide for marking and cutting the pickets. Cut the first picket, then trace the mitered end (45 degrees) on the 1x2s (image 2). Create 11 pickets total.

Step 4

Assemble the Pickets and Rails

Position the pickets with the ends flush and place the spacers between the pickets while attaching the rails using glue and #18 x 1 1/4-inch wire brads (images 1 and 2). Use at least three brads per joint. Repeat with the first 10 pickets. Attach one picket at a time and use a square to keep the ends flush (image 3). Position the last picket flush with the end of the rails (image 4). This will leave about 1-1/2 inches between the last two rails.

Step 5

Cut Bottom Angle on the Pickets

Position the assembly with the rails facing down. Use a long ruler or straight edge as a guide for marking a line from the bottom of the bottom rail on the left picket to the bottom of the far right picket (image 1). Cut the excess using a jigsaw (image 2).

Step 6

Add Finishing Touches

Use the layout (image 1) as a guide for marking and cutting to shape the stake. Cut 45-degree angles on one end.

Position the stake and attach using glue and #18 x 1-1/4" wire brads (image 2). Use at least three brads.

Place the assembly on a drop cloth and apply spray paint. We used Valspar Hammered Metal Spray Paint, Brown (image 3).

Position the fence in the desired spot in your yard and press the stake into the ground.