Small Papercraft Coffin and Headstone Desk Ornament.

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I couldn't let the season pass by completely unmarked, so I created these little models you can use to decorate your cubicle or workstation.

The templates I have provided are blank - colouring them by hand saves expensive printer-ink, and allows your creativity to flow. Just who is going to be named on the headstone?

It also means that this project can be used with children - I've done the hard part, they can do the creative part.

New for 2009! At no extra cost! I have now added an A4 pdf of the headstone, and, attached to this step, a half-size template of the whole grave - coffin and headstone on a single A4 pdf.

The model in the photos is being made with a copy of my hand-drawn original. Once I knew it worked, I scanned it and tidied it up on the computer.
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Step 1: General Instructions

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For both the coffin and the headstone;

  • Print out on paper or light cardstock. You can use coloured paper to save ink.
  • If you don't use software to add a design, colour with pencil crayons, paint or markers before you cut it out.
  • Cut along solid lines.
  • Score and crease sharply along dotted lines.
  • Use gluestick or PVA to get a little "fiddle time" - you will be able to slide joins over each other to line them up properly.
  • Glue the tabs, then press firmly for a few seconds.

Step 2: The Coffin Body.

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The templates for this project are all attached as JPEG images, CorelDraw files and SVG files. I've even added a PDF file for gmjhowe. Use whichever version you like to produce and print a copy on A4 copier paper or light cardstock.

You can colour the plain template with pencil crayons, sharpies, or whatever you like, or you can use your favourite graphics software to add texture to the template - woodgrain for the coffin, stone for the headstone.

Cut out both pieces along the solid outer lines.

Crease along all the dotted lines. Practice-fold the pieces into shape before gluing.

Glue the triangular tabs, and fold into shape - each tab glues under the next quadrilateral.

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FrozenIce4 years ago
when my hamster dies- god forbid- i whant to make one for her
Kiteman (author)  FrozenIce4 years ago
You might need to scale it up, unless she's a dwarf hamster...
My hamster Claymore is Syrian but im pretty sure i can squish her in she wont mind when she is dead
ps: i see you know youre hamster breeds
pss: search Claymore the hamster on facebook and you will see her fan page
she has 50 fans! but u probably dont care
Kiteman (author)  FrozenIce4 years ago
A hamster with fans?

Isn't the internet a wonderful place :-D
the best!
I was thinking of making something like this big enough to house a few knits that I made for a cousin who lives on the East Coast.You think these things are mail safe or should I pack it in another box?
Obviously I will be using cardboard, but I was just wondering if odd shaped things like this could be mailed or would I have to put the coffin box inside a larger regular box?

Kiteman (author)  keikothemeowmeow5 years ago
Heavy card, strong glue, make the glue-tabs larger and pack the contents well and it should* be OK.

I have had all sorts of shapes of package in the post - as long as they were firmly packaged inside (bubble-wrap, screwed up paper or packing peanuts filling all voids), then they arrived safely, although sometimes with the corners a little squished.

At the same time, it also depends on the mail-man - my contact lenses arrive in a good strong rectangular box, which happens to be a fraction of an inch thicker that the height of my letter-box.  Our usual postie pretty well mashes the box to get it through the hole.

*insert disclaimer of choice.
scoochmaroo5 years ago
This is exactly what I was looking for! MWAhahahahahahahaah. .. . . .
Kiteman (author)  scoochmaroo5 years ago
Jdogg0956 years ago
does any one listen 2 System Of A Down
LePyro Jdogg0956 years ago
Jdogg095 LePyro5 years ago
System of a down is awsome
I saw something like this on ravensblight.com
Jdogg0956 years ago
kiteman can u use duct tape
Kiteman (author)  Jdogg0956 years ago
It won't look nice if you do.
matrix8286 years ago
no PDF for step 4?
Kiteman (author)  matrix8286 years ago
Oops! After Christmas - I'm away from my files at the moment.
kk i can w8 lol
Nibor6 years ago
I'm gravely concerned about what my boss might say.
footer06 years ago
This is one where you look at the picture, and you just know Kiteman is going to make a BUTT-LOAD of puns...
Kiteman (author)  footer06 years ago
Which picture?
footer0 Kiteman6 years ago
The one where you click it, And it takes you into the Instructable.
gmjhowe6 years ago
Great work kiteman! no pdf files though?
Kiteman (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
*rolls eyes* I'll see what I can do.
Kiteman (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Done - see step 2.
gmjhowe Kiteman6 years ago
Nice one, I have no problems opening the svg in illustrator, but most people are used to PDF files
Kiteman (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
And I have now learned a new skill as well!
Bartboy Kiteman6 years ago
for tombstone too? I made it!!!!! I really made it!
peguiono6 years ago
great :P more stuff for me to do (and more stuff to go next to the paper catapults I made
Chicken22096 years ago
i would fold the design so all the lines aren't visible other than that, nice!
Kiteman (author)  Chicken22096 years ago
That's easy to do - just fold it the opposite way - but I'm more interested in the making than the decoration, so I like to see the construction lines. Plus, if you decorate it, the lines become much less visible.
oh, well i just usually make a habit with my paper craft to hide the lines or else its obvious that i don't know how to follow them with my scissors.
Kiteman (author)  Chicken22096 years ago