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Project

Tombstone

Every Halloween party needs a haunted graveyard. Make these easy tombstones by carving foam and decorating it with paint, plastic bones, and rubber bats.

Introduction

Materials

  • Craft knives
  • Breakaway blades
  • Linoleum cutters
  • Rasp
  • Pumpkin-carving kit tools
  • Hot glue gun to attach bones to tombstone
  • Plastic bones and rubber bats

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With a utility knife, cut foam insulation to tombstone shape. Using a linoleum cutter, rasp, and pumpkin-carving tools, cut and carve foam to create letters and textures. Make your own designs or use our tombstone templates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

  2. Step 2

    With hot glue, add dimensional decorative flourishes, such as plastic bones and rubber bats, to the tombstone.

  3. Step 3

    Once carved and decorated, paint tombstone solid gray and let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Lean tombstone against a protected wall and begin aging by dabbing darker gray, black, and brown paints onto the surface and then brushing generously with water to wash out the color.

  5. Step 5

    Use half-inch dowels inserted into bottom edge of tombstone to display in ground.