Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homemade Tombstones


I wanted to do a graveyard theme in the front yard, but nothing too crazy. When I went to the store, I couldn't believe how much they charged for a small plastic or styrofoam tombstone. It was nuts! I decided to make my own, and it was pretty easy. I used cardboard, so you will need to bring these in if it rains. I had a few styrofoam signs and a plastic tombstone that I added in as well.
You will need:
  • Cardboard (DM Tip: Check Costco/Sam's for boxes. Other stores will usually be glad to let you have their empty boxes if you ask.)
  • Dowel rods, Paint stirrers (ask at Lowe's and Home Depot and they will usually give you free paint stirrers)
  • Paint. I used a black spray paint as the base layer. I then sprayed a textured spray paint over top.
  • Hot Glue/glue gun
  • X-acto knife

Directions:
1. Cut out 2 shapes for each tombstone.
2. Hot glue the paint stick in between the two pieces. I also glued around the edges of the tombstones to help keep them together. Let set.
3. Spray paint the base color.
4. Optional: Cut out RIP, a skull, etc. out of cardboard and glue onto the tombstone.
5. Lightly spray with textured spray paint.
6. Optional: Use red craft paint to add blood splatters.

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