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Make Halloween tombstone for the garden - DIY instructions for a spooky garden decoration


What would Halloween be without a garden that gives goosebumps? Probably a pretty boring one. Here is a guide to a creepy tombstone.

Many great festivals are celebrated throughout the year, which are especially fun for children. Because then great decorations are always bought to decorate the house and the garden and thus beautify it. Many decorations can also be made by yourself. This saves money and is often a lot of fun. Children in particular are later very proud of the masterpieces they have created themselves. Halloween, for example, is a festival for which you can design many decorative items yourself. For example, you can carve creepy pumpkins and make an eerily beautiful tombstone for the front yard. This gives the garden a mystical flair and makes every Halloween party a unique experience.

In the cemetery there are always large gravestones in the shape of a cross, small oval and also large angular ones. Some tombstones also have a saying and other large tombstones are decorated with patterns. To get some inspiration, you can simply look at some tombstones on the Internet. There you will find many great models that you can recreate and put in the garden for Halloween.

You need that for a Halloween tombstone

No matter which gravestone you choose, the same materials are always required. It makes sense to prepare all the materials you need in advance. So you can go to work later without having to search for utensils. You need:

  • a thick polystyrene sheet
  • Knife with a smooth cut surface
  • pencil
  • a pen (as thick as possible)
  • a saw or bread knife (should be serrated)
  • Styrofoam glue or hot glue
  • Spray cans in black
  • Acrylic paints (white, gray, black)
  • brush

You can buy the polystyrene sheet in any hardware store for little money. You can also use watercolors instead of acrylic paints. However, you have to paint the tombstone afterwards so that the color lasts even when wet.

DIY instructions for a Halloween tombstone

Step 1:

First, print out a template for the tombstone. You will find countless variants on the Internet. It is best to start by choosing a template that is not too complicated to build. Later you can increase the difficulty and make more sophisticated tombstones. Because basically all tombstones are made the same, regardless of whether you choose a simple or an elaborate tombstone.

Step 2:

If you have the template next to you, you should start by drawing the outline of the tombstone with a pencil on the styrofoam plate. If there are several round elements on the template, you can use a saucepan, glasses or plates. Working with a compass is of course also possible.

Step 3:

Now you can cut out the tombstone. You should use the bread knife or saw for this. With a serrated cut surface, the tombstone can be cut out in no time at all. However, since polystyrene creates a lot of dirt, it is best to do this work outdoors.

Step 4:

Once you've cut out the tombstone, you can start decorating it. No matter whether you paint crosses or the lettering RIP - there are no limits to your imagination. The best way to do this is with a thick felt pen. You can still make corrections at any time, because as long as the patterns have not yet been carved, you can still change the decorations.

Step 5:

Now it's time to carve the painted patterns out of the styrofoam. For this you should use a knife with a smooth cut surface, such as a cutter knife. You have to carve the decorations into the styrofoam about 3 centimeters deep. It is important that you work very precisely and precisely.

Step 6:

If you are satisfied with the decorations, you can take the spray can at hand. Now spray the tombstone completely with black paint. Here you should make sure that you spray the paint evenly. Spray the paint into the carved decorations as well. This ensures a great effect later. Once the gravestone has been sprayed, you have to let the paint dry for a few hours.

Important: Since vapors rise during this work, you should always carry out this step outdoors.

Step 7:

If the tombstone is dry, you can paint the decorations a little with the white paint. It all depends on the taste, whether the decorations should be white or remain black. You can also paint the patterns to your heart's content. Then the paint has to dry well again.

Step 8:

To achieve a mystical effect, you can now paint over the entire tombstone with a gray color. It is important that you use very little color and that the color does not run into the patterns. Simply carefully rub the gray paint over the entire gravestone and then let it dry well again. To give the tombstone the perfect stone look, you can apply a second coat of paint. Here you can decide whether to paint a layer of silver paint or mix gray and white paint.

Step 9:

If the tombstone is dry, you should spray it with a clear varnish to be on the safe side. If you have used acrylic paints, this is not absolutely necessary. The gravestone only needs to be painted after the use of water colors. Now the tombstone is already finished and can be placed in the garden. Simply dig it into the bed or fix it on a lawn with long nails.

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