Mad Like Alyce

Dead Inside: Zombie Decor

Hey everyone! I am going to be honest here, I have spent the last 3-4 days in full on battle with my migraine monster. Just part of life with Chronic Pain. Usually they don’t quite come on this strong unless I am in a full on flare up. Shoot. Regardless, I finally ran up against the last of my scheduled posts last night and couldn’t face the light of my laptop long enough to complete the DIY posts I had planned.

While I had hoped to stave off any flare ups until after Halloween (wishful thinking) its probably the fact I started a lot of my DIY projects in late August that caused this flare up in the first place. This migraine DOES give me a chance to post a very simple DIY that likely doesn’t really deserve a full post, but is an excuse to share more zombie pictures from my photoshoot. Sometimes, its nice having really easy decor items to use for your zombie party that take hardly any time at all!


Dead Inside Zombie Decor

You will need:

  • 1 Piece of plywood, any size or thickness
  • Spray paint (red or black, really any color on hand)
  • Chains (you can get light, cheap plastic ones at Walmart or your local Halloween store)



1. This is really simple, and doesn’t necessarily need instruction so here is a few tips :P. Using the spray paint, paint “Dead Inside” or “Don’t Open Dead Inside” on your plywood depending on how much space you have.

2. Keep in mind that you will need the spray paint pretty close to the plywood to keep the spray from making the letters too large. I also greatly underestimated how large to make them, so they were smaller as I went along.

3. Finally, move quickly, as spraying close to the plywood gets a lot of paint on there fast, and you will get a lot of runs in your paint if you don’t move fast while spraying.

4. If you have a door that works well to chain shut, you can use the chains there. You could also set the plywood behind a food display, such as Zombie Bite Cupcakes or Graveyard Cupcakes, and weave the chain through the food.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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