How many times have you looked out onto your lawn on Halloween eve and thought about making some cute decorations to show off to the neighbors, or to hide behind and scare the kids? Well, I certainly have, and this year I was finally motivated to make my own after years of never finding any acceptable storebought tombstones.
The materials used in this project are mostly, if not all, household items, making this project an affordable one (which helps if you accidentally mess a step up).
Step 1: Gather your Materials
The first step to any project is finding all the necessary ingredients. Since this project was made for semi-realistic tombstones, this list is somewhat large.
For the tombstones' base, you'll need:
*A number of pizza boxes (mine were around 16 inches x 16 x 2, but any boxes could work)
*Lots of old newspapers
*Flour and water in equal parts
*A bowl and a spoon
*Something solid and heavy to place inside the boxes for stability, like wood blocks or craft foam.
For the homemade salty play dough, you need:
*Cream of tartar (4 tablespoons)
*Flour (2 cups)
*Salt (1 cup)
*Water (2 cups)
*Vegetable Oil (or a similar oil) (2 tablespoons)
*A large saucepan or a dutch oven
*A large mixing bowl
*A whisk and a sturdy wooden spoon
*Measuring cups and spoons
And for the finish you'll need:
*Spray paint (the base stone color)
*Acrylic paint (for the details)
*Usual painting supplies (Brushes, water, towels, paper plates or palates, etc.)
*A wooden stake (for setting the stone in place)
It looks like an excessive list, but it's worth it in the end.