Quite the start of this DIY post, huh?
Well, I guess when the post is about making your own headstones, it tends to walk on the dark side. Obviously I am not afraid of that – considering I dressed up like Darth Vader for Halloween. REEEeeeeaaaders, I am your blogggggeerrrrrr.
(did that just happen?)
Anyhoo…today’s post is a recap on those Halloween headstones and crosses. I wanted to make sure I archived this for any future questions….I’m sure in like four months, folks will start pinning Halloween stuff for planning purposes and Hobby Lobby will break out the pumpkin stuff again so better prepared than nothing, right?
These were super easy and relatively cheap (compared to the foam ones you can buy at Walmart). I had all the materials on hand but if you had to buy them you could get away with spending $3 on the wood for the crosses, $10 for the headstones, and $6 for two paint samplers. So consider this an under $20 Halloween challenge.
You will need a saw, a paint brush and a drill.
First the cutting…I had some scrap 1/4″ plywood from leftover projects, so that is the type of wood I used for the headstones. The crosses were made out of a 1″x2″. Since my headstone scraps were already cut to length, I used the miter saw to cut off the corners to create a octagonal effect on one end. I didn’t do it perfect…just eyeballed it.
After sanding the edges, I coated everything in some leftover front door paint. This was exterior paint (I figured if I had exterior it would be better especially if these stayed outside as decoration for the front yard) but I’m sure that other interior samples would work fine too since the Halloween season is really short.
After they dried, I thought of a bazillion things to paint on them. In the end, I decided that they should all be different and I didn’t want to put any names.
I chose to just free hand “RIP” & “DEAD 1839” & a skull on them but I considered doing a bat, a cross, a spooky SCREAM face, a moon, a handprint, “BOO”, branches, cat eyes, a rose, Frankenstein stitching, swirlies, a keyhole, skull with crossbones, “Here lies…” or an angel. The possibilities are endless.
The crosses were super easy too. I like the idea of making a ton of these and putting them all over the front yard for next year. That would freak me out…which would be awesome.
After cutting them to length (again…eyeball it), I sanded them and then painted. Then I predrilled for the screws because I thought I might crack the skinny little sticks.
Then I screwed them together and touched up the paint before putting them up.
I would say overall, this project took me maybe an hour from start to finish…mostly because I was waiting for paint to dry.
So random fact…I kinda dig graveyards. Not literally. You have to have muscles to do that 🙂 I don’t really know exactly why but I like that they are really quiet…and peaceful…and they don’t give me the heebie jeebies. In fact, when I was born, we lived within a couple blocks of a few. And then in college, I actually lived on property that had about four headstones right next to my building. The funny thing is…I want to be cremated. I don’t want to waste the ground on a box with me in it. But I do like headstones. They are like sculptured art that hold stories. It’s all very intriguing.
Now that I got really random and weird on y’all…I’m outta here. Not literally of course…I’m still planning on being alive and all 🙂