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.

Step 1: General Instructions

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.
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when my hamster dies- god forbid- i whant to make one for her
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<br>ps: i see you know youre hamster breeds <br>pss: search Claymore the hamster on facebook and you will see her fan page<br>she has 50 fans! but u probably dont care
A hamster with fans?<br><br>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?<br />
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?<br /> <br /> <br />
Heavy card, strong glue, make the glue-tabs larger and pack the contents well and it should* be OK.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.&nbsp; Our usual postie pretty well mashes the box to get it through the hole.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <small>*insert disclaimer of choice.</small><br />
This is exactly what I was looking for! MWAhahahahahahahaah. .. . . .
does any one listen 2 System Of A Down
System of a down is awsome
I saw something like this on ravensblight.com
kiteman can u use duct tape
It won't look nice if you do.
no PDF for step 4?
Oops! After Christmas - I'm away from my files at the moment.
kk i can w8 lol
I'm gravely concerned about what my boss might say.
This is one where you look at the picture, and you just know Kiteman is going to make a BUTT-LOAD of puns...
Which picture?
The one where you click it, And it takes you into the Instructable.
Great work kiteman! no pdf files though?
*rolls eyes* I'll see what I can do.
Done - see step 2.
Nice one, I have no problems opening the svg in illustrator, but most people are used to PDF files
And I have now learned a new skill as well!
for tombstone too? I made it!!!!! I really made it!
great :P more stuff for me to do (and more stuff to go next to the paper catapults I made
i would fold the design so all the lines aren't visible other than that, nice!
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.

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