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Halloween Gravestones



This Halloween, turn your lawn into a creepy cemetery with these free-standing DIY gravestones.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Sketch out a gravestone shape with a pencil and cut it out with a jig saw.

    2. Step: 2

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      Once you've cut one side, take the scrap piece, flip it over and use it as a template for the other side, so that the two sides will be identical. Cut it out with the jig saw.

    3. Step: 3

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      Use a router to route decorative edges on the gravestone.

    4. Step: 4

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      Alternately, you can plank boards together to make the gravestone. Use a brad nailer to attach the back supports as shown.

    5. Step: 5

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      To give the plywood a stone texture, use a textured stone spray paint and spray the surfaces generously.

    6. Step: 6

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      Follow up with gray satin spray paint.

    7. Step: 7

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      Lightly dust the edges with black spray paint to make the gravestones look old and weathered.

    8. Step: 8

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      Print out "RIP", "Eternal Rest", and "In Memory" on card stock, cut it out and use it as a template to trace the engravings onto the tombstone. You can use a permanent marker, or black acrylic paint with a small paintbrush.

    9. Step: 9

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      The base is built with a couple of 2x4s and a 2x6 board. The plywood gravestone is sandwiched in between the 2x4s and screwed together. Then the 2x6 base is screwed in from underneath.

    10. Step: 10

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      Here is the back view of the gravestone. Plywood does not fare well outdoors, so be sure to protect it with 2-3 coats of clear polyurethane.

    11. Step: 11

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      Scatter the gravestones in your yard and have a happy Halloween!

    12. Step: 12

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      To see more of Jen’s DIY projects, including furniture building tutorials and free design plans, visit The House of Wood. http://jenwoodhouse.com

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Halloween Gravestones

by The House of Wood
Sep 29, 2015
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This Halloween, turn your lawn into a creepy cemetery with these free-standing DIY gravestones.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge ec7ed77b 2c2b 40a2 a447 87bf847bab0c

    Sketch out a gravestone shape with a pencil and cut it out with a jig saw.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge d3d54279 17ca 4d24 b4b1 b1b83c65ea2c

    Once you've cut one side, take the scrap piece, flip it over and use it as a template for the other side, so that the two sides will be identical. Cut it out with the jig saw.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 7ec31f19 66e9 4054 be85 3f40823aad7b

    Use a router to route decorative edges on the gravestone.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 168cadbe 14ad 43be b284 da010ae5af86

    Alternately, you can plank boards together to make the gravestone. Use a brad nailer to attach the back supports as shown.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 7855df5d 9f42 4cfe bde1 cb91efe6f1a8

    To give the plywood a stone texture, use a textured stone spray paint and spray the surfaces generously.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 4f559d4f fd25 46e9 9bab aff057ea7f20

    Follow up with gray satin spray paint.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 91237bce 7453 4b04 8599 8392ded90b27

    Lightly dust the edges with black spray paint to make the gravestones look old and weathered.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge b637f526 901a 4080 886d d8f0bcd44f19

    Print out "RIP", "Eternal Rest", and "In Memory" on card stock, cut it out and use it as a template to trace the engravings onto the tombstone. You can use a permanent marker, or black acrylic paint with a small paintbrush.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 5584a010 8bea 4349 abc8 9f6b6aaa627a

    The base is built with a couple of 2x4s and a 2x6 board. The plywood gravestone is sandwiched in between the 2x4s and screwed together. Then the 2x6 base is screwed in from underneath.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 22b37c45 88df 4592 bdf7 779413ce3cb7

    Here is the back view of the gravestone. Plywood does not fare well outdoors, so be sure to protect it with 2-3 coats of clear polyurethane.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 6f88ba19 46f1 44cf 990a f852e8057d3e

    Scatter the gravestones in your yard and have a happy Halloween!

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 075384d2 3805 4857 b12a d2af3f1965dc

    To see more of Jen’s DIY projects, including furniture building tutorials and free design plans, visit The House of Wood. http://jenwoodhouse.com