HALLOWEEN TOMBSTONES - HOME MADE
first you might think, tombstones made from plywood, how
good can those look? While they don't have the thickness of
a foam tombstone, when made using pre-made tombstone pattern
templates and with a little painting skills, they can look
Collection specializes in do-it-yourself project patterns and
has a large selection of paper transfer templates specifically
designed for Halloween, including tombstones. Their
"Gravestones" Halloween package comes with a full dozen
different tombstone design patterns.
Sheet of Plywood
Tombstone Pattern & Transfer Paper
Sand Paper & Masking Tape
Water-based Acrylic Paints
Ballpoint Pen or Stylus
Transferring the Pattern
Creating plywood Halloween tombstones is very straight
forward and begins by placing a sheet of the special pattern
transfer paper onto the size and thickness of plywood as
indicated in the tombstone pattern instructions.
Next the pattern you want to use is laid on top of the
transfer sheet face down close to the edge of the plywood.
Lastly, you transfer the full-size pattern lines for all of the
tombstones onto the plywood by tracing the pattern using a pen,
pencil or stylus.
Cutting out the Pattern
The next step is to cut out all the wood pieces along the
traced lines using the saw appropriate for the project,
typically this will be a coping saw, scroll saw or jigsaw.
Simple patterns usually take no time at all, while more
complex designs take a little longer and require you to be more
precise. After cutting all the pieces off you can drill any
holes required and lightly sand the wood if necessary.
To finish the project paint the gravestones with the colors
as indicated in the instructions or to suite your taste. Using
the areas and lines created by the template makes painting as
easy as “paint by number” and ensures your project will look
great when you’re finished.
For the base
color we bought a gallon of flat gray exterior latex paint and
sprayed all of the tombstones at once. For the detail work, we
used regular acrylic craft paint and artist brushes.
For our plywood Halloween tombstones, we just nailed an
eighteen inch long survey stake to the back of the tombstone
and pushed it into the ground. See our article
tombstones for more information.