The Pink Peony of Le Jardin: DIY Headstones!

Here's how to make the coolest "authentic looking" Halloween headstones for less than $ 10.00! I was thrilled with how these turned out ... and so were my kids! I came up with this idea when I'm decided to have a Halloween party. I wanted to put headstones in the yard, complete with funny epitaphs.

I made them out of "Foamular Rigid Insulation" from Home Depot. View the product here. It is a Styrofoam-like insulation that comes in large pink sheets. (1 "x 24" x 96 ") The price is usually around $ 8 or $ 9 a sheet.

You will also need : > Serrated knife
paintbrushes (one big, one small)
old hangers or rigid wire
wire cutters

(The middle one is from the dollar tree. to intersperse amongst the others)

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After deciding the sizes that I wanted to make, I penciled the shapes of the tombstones onto the pink insulation board and then cut them out with a serrated knife. I would like to have a little black acrylic craft with a little white, to make a charcoal color. I painted each headstone a little bit different shade of gray (just add white or black to your mixture until you get the shade you want). I love it when it comes to mixing it up!

I'm sure it's true, you paint the front and back xt photo shows the bottom of a headstone. See the holes? (those are to mount them later). Just thought I'd show you the underside.:)

I then googled epitaphs, and painted my favorite ones in white paint on the fronts of each headstone. After that, I cut up some hangers into 8 or 9 inch pieces to stick to the bottom of each headstone. I would use 2 or 3 wire rods for each one. Leave a few inches of wire sticking out the bottom of the headstone to push into the grass.

  • Adam Floyd