Make a Foam Crypt

Pay tongue-in-cheek tribute to those who have gone before with tombstones cut from plastic-foam planks. Add humorous epitaphs to curb the fear factor.

What You Need

  • Large cardboard carton (Ours measured 22 x 36 x 27 inches.)
  • Serrated knife
  • 1-1/2-inch-thick and/or 2-inch-thick plastic-foam planks
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Gray latex paint and paint roller
  • 10-inch-diameter plastic-foam ball
  • 12-inch-diameter plastic-foam ring
  • 5-inch-tall wooden letters
  • 8-inch-tall wooden cross
  • Zigzag-edge wooden trim
  • 2 wooden corner guards, cut in half
  • Glue for plastic foam (We used Styroglue.)
  • Faux-stone spray paint
  • Floral spray paint

How to Make It

  1. Using a serrated knife, cut rectangles from the foam planks as follows: two side rectangles to fit the sides of the cardboard box; a front and a back that measure the box height by the box length plus the thickness of the foam sides.
  2. Measure the top of the box and cut the crypt top from a plastic-foam plank. For the base, cut two plastic-foam pieces larger than the crypt top and in graduating sizes. Note: We cut the base pieces from different plank thicknesses. Also, cut a 15-x-15-inch plastic-foam square for the decorative top assembly.
  3. Use gray latex paint and a roller to base-coat the crypt pieces. Assemble the crypt around the box, using skewers to hold the pieces together. Again using skewers, attach the plastic-foam top and the plastic-foam base pieces to the box.
  4. Cut the wooden trim to fit around the 15-x-15-inch square and glue the pieces in place. Assemble the decorative top, gluing the ring to the center of the square and attaching the ball to the center of the ring using skewers. Attach the decoration to the top of the crypt with skewers and glue. Glue the letters, cross, and corner guards in place. Apply faux-stone spray paints to the crypt; let dry completely.
  5. Spray the wood-tone paint on the edges to age the crypt.

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