Make a Faux Coffin for Halloween

No creepy cemetery would be complete without an old coffin. Build a coffin from plywood. Simple construction makes it easy to disassemble and store from year to year.

What You Need:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 1/2-inch-thick, 4 X 8-foot plywood sheet
  • Circular saw
  • Two 8-foot-long pieces trim molding
  • Black spray paint
  • Foam trim roller
  • Dark Gray interior latex paint in flat finish
  • 12 deck straps and screws
  • Screwdriver appropriate for deck-strap screws
  • Hammer
  • Small brads
  • Translucent floral spray paint: Glossy Woodtone

Download the Faux Coffin pattern

How To Make It:

  1. Using the tape measure, pencil, and long straightedge, measure and mark all pieces for the coffin on the plywood sheet. Cut out with the circular saw.
  2. Measure and cut trim-molding pieces to size. Spray-paint the deck straps black. Let dry.
  3. Use the foam trim roller to paint the coffin pieces and trim-molding pieces with dark gray. Let dry.
  4. Assemble the coffin using the deck straps. Apply the trim-molding pieces using the hammer and small brads.
  5. Spray the entire coffin randomly with Glossy Woodtone for an aged look.


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