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How to make tombstones

Filed Under: seasonal, Crafts

toombstone propNo, not your own, but if that's your sense of humor, go ahead. This is how to make prop tombstones for your Halloween decorations or haunted house.

You'll create a frightening atmosphere with any of the designs. The easiest and cheapest way is to use cardboard. These are best if you plan to use them inside or just for the one season. I'll go through that method here:


  1. Cardboard
  2. Spray paint
  3. Acrylic sealer
  4. Thin stick
  5. Stapler


  1. Cut out the shape of your tombstone
  2. Spray paint it
  3. Write you clever message. Here are some funny and famous epitaphs.
  4. Coat in acrylic sealer (if you plan to use this outside)
  5. Pound the lathe into the ground until it is secure. Staple the cardboard to it.

These directions were from Family Crafts. If you're willing to put in a bit of more time or invest a little money try their directions for wooden and styrofoam tombstones. These will better make the transition in and out of your crawlspace, and you'll get many more Halloweens out of them. What's your favorite homemade Halloween prop?



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