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Fun-to-make Halloween Tombstones

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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.

Family Graveyard Plot

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Jigsaw (or a Kobalt 3-in-1 Multi Hand Saw, #247218)
  • Crafts knife
  • Wood file
  • Spackling
  • Putty knife
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Tape
  • Drill
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge

Materials

  • 2-inch-thick 4 x 8-foot sheet of foamboard, #14541
  • Construction adhesive, #16610
  • 5 wooden dowels cut to 5 inches (3 dowels for Myra, 2 for Anita), #27546
  • 'Seine' Valspar paint, #6005-2B
  • Stone Spray Paint 'Santa Fe Sand' Valspar, #14057
  • 'Chocolate Turtle' Valspar paint, #3001-9A

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources

Instructions

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.

Step 1

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Using the PDF cutting diagram as a reference, cut the 4x8-foot foamboard insulation sheet using a jigsaw or Kobalt 3-in-1 Multi Hand Saw.

Step 2

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Fill the score marks on the foam board using spackling and a putty knife.

Step 3

Round off the foam edges with a wood file to create a timeworn look.

Step 4

To add cracks in the tombstone, score foam with a crafts knife.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Using tape, attach paper with desired name to the foam board.

Step 7

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Using a ballpoint pen, trace over letters with enough pressure to cause an impression in the foam.

Step 8

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Remove the paper. Using a crafts knife, score and crosshatch the foamboard inside the letters, then carve out the excess foam.

Step 9

Drill three holes in the bottom of the foamboard (with name) and insert 5-inch-long wooden dowels.

Step 10

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Using the foamboard cutting diagram as a reference, make the tombstone base. Glue base pieces together using construction adhesive.

Step 11

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Push wooden dowels into foam base

Step 12

Apply a base coat of Valspar interior flat brown 'Seine' paint with a paintbrush. Let dry.

Step 13

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Spray tombstone with Valspar 'Santa Fe Sand' Stone spray paint. Let dry.

Step 14

Creating weathered patina with paint

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.

Step 15

Arrange tombstones in front yard. Weigh down lightweight tombstones with rocks or sand.

Other options for tombstone names:
Seymour Dirtz
Anita Amanda Cook
Fester N. Rott
Bill M. Lader
Ima Buzzkill
Will Knott Rest
Helen Bach
Seymour Coffin