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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

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

    2. Step: 2

      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

      Use a router to route decorative edges on the gravestone.

    4. Step: 4

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

    5. Step: 5

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

    6. Step: 6

      Follow up with gray satin spray paint.

    7. Step: 7

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

    8. Step: 8

      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

      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

      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

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

    12. Step: 12

      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

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

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

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

  2. Step: 2

    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

    Use a router to route decorative edges on the gravestone.

  4. Step: 4

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

  5. Step: 5

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

  6. Step: 6

    Follow up with gray satin spray paint.

  7. Step: 7

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

  8. Step: 8

    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

    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

    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

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

  12. Step: 12

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