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These easy-to-make foamboard tombstones are scary fun Halloween decorations. Get free templates for the tombstones and ideas for witty names.
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Tombstones made from foamboard are easy to create, lightweight and look eerily realistic. Turn your front yard into a Halloween family plot with four different tombstone designs. For extra spook, add fresh dirt, a shovel, and skull at the base of tombstones.
These instructions can be easily adjusted to create the other tombstone designs.
Fill the score marks on the foam board using spackling and a putty knife.
Round off the foam edges with a wood file to create a timeworn look.
To add cracks in the tombstone, score foam with a craft knife.
For a more professional look, use a computer to print the desired name. (We used a 175-pt Palatino font from Microsoft Office). Alternatively, use pencil and paper to create your message.
Using tape, attach paper with desired name to the foam board.
Using a ballpoint pen, trace over letters with enough pressure to cause an impression in the foam.
Remove the paper. Using a craft knife, score and crosshatch the foamboard inside the letters, then carve out the excess foam.
Drill three holes in the bottom of the foamboard (with name) and insert 5-inch long wooden dowels.
Using the foamboard cutting diagram as a reference, make the tombstone base. Glue base pieces together using construction adhesive.
Push wooden dowels into foam base
Apply a base coat of Valspar interior flat brown 'Seine' paint with a paint brush. Let dry.
Spray tombstone with Valspar 'Santa Fe Sand' Stone spray paint. Let dry.
For a weathered patina, paint the edges of the tombstone using watered-down brown 'Chocolate Turtle' Valspar paint (2 parts water to 1 part paint). Let dry.
Arrange tombstones in front yard. Weigh down lightweight tombstones with rocks or sand.
Other options for tombstone names:
Anita Amanda Cook
Fester N. Rott
Bill M. Lader
Will Knott Rest