DIY Halloween photo body part props - inexpensive outdoor decorations - party decor ideas

I absolutely LOVE this idea for cheap gory & gruesome decorations. We do a yearly family zombie photo/card. Some people send holiday cards and we send zombie cards. You can see past family photos HERE & HERE & HERE 

or below. :)

Our theme this year ............... 

FAMILY CAMPING or eating a family that was camping. :) Either way, I LOVE IT!!!!

Tent, lantern, grill, sleeping bags, bloody severed body parts, etc. You know, the usual stuff.
I probably have a ton of decorations for this theme but I wanted everything extra exaggerated and gruesome with severed body parts and intestines everywhere. Mwahahahaha!!!

Here are the severed body parts I started working on.

If you haven't used Great Stuff yet, you NEED TOO!! It's not only fun and dries fast but goes along way and reasonably inexpensive. If you just buy the basic 16oz (red) can it's $4.25. The other cans are the same size but cost $6.97 and up. I purchased from Home Depot.

I recommend wearing gloves because it's EXTREMELY sticky. Serious stuff! I made that mistake once last year and never again. I also like to setup all the projects I plan working on since the nozzle can clog and it would be a shame to waste 1/2 can.

GreatStuff (red can)
Shirt, pants, bucket, or whatever you want to look gory
Plastic grocery bags
Parchment paper

Black spray paint or black paint
Red spray paint (glossy)

First I "ripped" the sleeves off a dress shirt to look severed and holes wear zombies might eat intestines.

Then I crumpled up newspaper and filled plastic bags to create the arms, neck, and body.

Placed on parchment paper so it wouldn't stick and then time to get creative with the Great Stuff! Fun fun fun!!!! It really expands so you don't need a ton.

Once dry, paint. I started with the black flat spray paint and focused on the creases and any holes. I spray painted the rest with glossy red spray paint and lightly went over the black. So easy.

I love how they are turning out!!!

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!!
I'll update with our family photo once done.

Well, I've at least gotta see what he's working on :)

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Wow, these look awesome! I'm working on a short film and need to make body parts on the cheap. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Oh you'll love these. The only issue is they are not flexible. I wanted one sliding off a table so I put parchment paper down and something to prop it up to make the angle I needed. Let me know if you have any question.

  2. I just love your spirt. Thank you for sharing your awesome work.

    1. Thank you!!! It's hard to tell but Halloween in my favorite holiday! :)