13th Oct2011

DIY Tombstones

by Dinah Wulf
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Homemade Halloween Ideas: DIY Tombstones

Looking for creative ideas for Halloween?

I wanted my front yard graveyard scene to look as realistic as possible.  The Styrofoam tombstones that you can buy are too light weight, and can easily blow over, so I wanted to make my own.

Making your own tombstones is very easy, allows you to be creative, and doesn’t have to be perfect when you assemble them. They are inexpensive and sturdy, and if you have the room to store them, they will last a few years. Here is how I made them in three easy steps.

Materials Needed:

  • Different sized cardboard boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Textured spray paint that looks like stone
  • Plastic bugs (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)

Step One:

Start by stacking your cardboard boxes to create the desired shaped tomb stone and tape them together with duct tape. It does not matter if you can see the duct tape, it will be spray painted over. Again, the imperfections make it more ghoulish.

Step Two:

Next, spray paint the entire tombstone with flat black spray paint.  Make sure the room is well ventilated or spray them outside. When it is completely dry, spray paint the entire tombstone again with the textured stone spray paint and allow it to dry completely.

Step Three:

Embellish your tombstone, by hot gluing plastic bugs, adding orange or red rhinestone eyes, or adding a headstone name or epitaph. Here are some epitaph examples from Haunt Your Home.

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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