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Make Your Own Samhain Headstones

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Cutting out Your Stones
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Make your own cemetery for Samhain using insulation board.

Image (c) Patti Wigington; Licensed to About.com

Although it takes a bit of time and creativity, this is a really easy craft to make. These headstones are durable and can be used outside to decorate your yard for Samhain. Make them scary or make them silly -- the choice is up to you!

The first thing you'll need is a sheet of insulation board, which is available at any home improvement store. A sheet is 4 x 8 feet, which will give you about five good-sized headstones. I recommend using a thickness of at least 1", but 1 1/2 - 2" is even better. The thicker your board, the sturdier your stones.

You'll also need:

  • A box cutter or sturdy knife
  • Gray flat paint
  • Gray stone fleck spray paint
  • Black acrylic paint

Here's a helpful hint: If you're going to do any rounded edges on your headstones, cut out the straight lines first from the large board, and then once you have the smaller piece, round off your edges as needed.

First, mark out the sizes and shapes of your headstones. They can be rectangular, angled at the top, cross-shaped, whatever you like. Use a pencil to rough out where you're going to cut the board. Once you have your headstones marked off, use a box cutter or sturdy knife to cut them out. Don't worry if your edges look rough or uneven -- they're gravestones, and no one cares if they're perfect!

To make the background for your headstone, apply one to two coats of plain gray flat paint to the front and sides (don't worry about painting the back). Once this has dried, it's time for the texturing. Using the gray stone-fleck spray paint, add a thin coat of flecking to the front of the stone. Don't apply too much, because it tends to get sticky and takes a while to dry.

One can of fleck-stone paint should give you enough to apply a thin layer of flecking to about five or six headstones.

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