Midnight Merriment Tombstones

Create a spine-tingling scene sure to entertain guests and passersby with eerie realism. Use slabs of foam, paint, and readily available props to assemble a family plot full of fun.


What You'll Need
  • 2-inch-thick 24-x-36-inch STYROFOAM brand foam sheets
  • Rotary carving tool
  • Styro Wonder Cutter Plus
  • Foam saw
  • Wood file
  • Shrink-free spackle
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Dark Gray interior latex paint in flat finish
  • Foam trim roller
  • Krylon Make It Stone Textured Paint, Charcoal Sand #18202
  • Krylon Acrylic Crystal Color, Forest Green #1297
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic crafts paints, Candy Bar Brown #02407, Metallic Red Copper #02605, Black #02506, White #02505, and Avalon Blue #02418
  • Natural sponge
  • Household trim brush

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How to Make It
  1. Enlarge pattern of choice to desired size on a photo copier or at a copy center. Cut out pattern and trace onto foam sheet using a permanent marker. Use a foam saw to cut out shape. Use a wood file to round all edges and create a timeworn look.
  2. To embed a fake skull, use the Wonder Cutter to cut a skull shape out of the tombstone. Push the skull through the tombstone, cutting more away as necessary. Fill with shrink-free spackle.
  3. To add cracks to your tombstone, cut away a portion with the Styro Wonder Cutter, then score an indentation where the crack ends.
  4. For lettering, choose a font, type in desired words, then print to your desired size. Cut words apart, and apply to the tombstone with repositionable spray adhesive. Then carve out the letters, using either a rotary tool with a round chuck or the Styro Wonder Cutter.
  5. To create the basic stone look, use the household trim brush to push Black paint into all carved areas and cracks. Let dry.
  6. Use a foam trim roller to base-coat the entire tombstone with Dark Gray latex paint. Spray a light coat of Charcoal Sand. A variety of stone finishes can be achieved after the basic stone finish is applied.

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