Make a D.M. Bones Tombstone for Halloween

Create a decrepit tombstone using foam slabs, a rotary carving tool, and stone-look spray paint.

What You'll Need

  • 2-inch-thick, 24-x-36-inch STYROFOAM brand foam sheets
  • STYROFOAM brand foam cooler
  • 1/2-inch-thick, 12-x-36-inch STYROFOAM brand foam sheets
  • Styro Glue
  • Wooden skewers
  • Wood file
  • Styro Wonder Cutter Plus
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • 3-foot fake skeleton
  • Gray spray-on primer
  • 4-inch wooden letters: R, I, P
  • Household trim brush
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic crafts paints: Black #02506, White #02505, Spice Brown #02049, Light Foliage Green #02537
  • Foam trim roller
  • Dark Gray interior latex paint in flat finish
  • Krylon Make It Stone Textured Paint: Charcoal Sand #18202
  • Delta Ceramcoat Faux Finish Glaze Base

How to Make It

  1. For the basic monument sections, cut components from 2-inch-thick foam sheets. The beveled section capping the monument top is cut from a foam cooler. Cut the frame pieces for each basic section from 1/2-inch-thick foam sheets.
  2. Assemble using Styro Glue and wooden skewers to hold pieces in place until glue dries. Let dry. Use the wood file to round all edges and create a timeworn look.
  3. For "D. M. Bones" lettering, choose a font on your computer, type in the letters, and print them as large as possible. Use a photocopier to enlarge to desired size. Spray back of paper with repositionable spray adhesive. Cut out the letters with the Styro Wonder Cutter.
  4. Spray the skeleton with gray primer. Let dry.
  5. Glue R, I, and P to tombstone. For an aged granite look, use the glaze medium to make thinned mixtures of Spice Brown, Black, Light Foliage Green, and White. Use the household trim brush to randomly brush on the glaze mixtures as desired. Concentrate the dark colors on the edges of the letters and in creases, and use the White glaze mix on raised areas.


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