If you really want to make your Halloween decorations the talk of the graveyard, without breaking the bank, you can fill your cemetery with realistic all-weather headstones that were handcrafted by no one other than you of course.
Best of all, you can create multiple headstones, all for the price of what you would pay for one. Here we discuss the materials you will need as well as all the directions required to craft your stones.
- Styrofoam Insulation
- Serrated Bread Knife
- Paring Knife
- Permanent Markers
- Black Spray Paint
- Wire hangers
Directions for Halloween Tombstones:
Step #1: Using a five gallon bucket lid, or other large rounded object, sketch out an outline for as many tombstones you would like to make. To make cutting out a much simpler project, keep your shapes simple.
Step #2: Cut foam along sketched outline using a serrated bread knife. If you’re anything like me, you may want to take this outside, since it tends to get rather messy. Use caution with the knife at all times.
Step #3: Grab your permanent marker because here’s the fun part. Now sketch out whatever you want your newly manufactured tombstone to say. It could be anything you want (just remember you’re the one cutting out the words).
Step #4: Using a serrated paring knife carve out your sketched stone’s design. Again remember to use caution when using a knife. Scratch knife point into the insulation and carve at a depth of 1/2 inch for maximum effect.
Step #5: (Optional) Break off tiny pieces along the stone or carve out small cracks to give your stone an “aged” look. Don’t worry about making mistakes, simply work those mistakes into your design.
Step #6: Working in a well-ventilated area use your black spray paint to dust on the color. There’s no need to be precise. Random sprays will provide you with a more realistic look.
Step #7: Set the scene! Secure your handcrafted tombstones to the ground by using wire hangers as stakes. Simply cut out enough wire and stretch along the length of the stone. Wooden garden stakes work just as well.
Contact Banker Insulation for all of your insulation needs including for your DIY Tombstones by calling us at (602) 273-1261. We look forward to helping your make your Halloween decorations the talk of the town. Happy Halloween!