Homemade Halloween Ideas: DIY Tombstones - DIY Inspired
13th Oct2011


DIY Tombstones

by Dinah Wulf

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 has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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