Breakable Tombstone




So Halloween is coming up and you need to put your neighbor to shame. Well I am going to show you how to make a tombstone that not only is a good yard decoration but can be made into a breakaway tombstone for your movies.

What you need:

1. Foam insulation 4x8 sheet - Home center. I used the white foam but the blue or pink foam works also.
2. Tape measure
3. Sand paper
4. Razor knife with a really long blade
5. String - or string substitute (I used headphones)
6. Maker
7. Spray glue - make sure it is foam safe - craft store

Step 1: Cut Out Shape

Leave protective plastic on foam when cutting the shapes.

Cut the foam into rectangles the size you want your tombstones to be.

Now grab your string and stretch it across your foam. Now fold your string in half. Where the string bends is the center of the foam.

Grab you marker and hold it in one hand with one end of the string and stretch the string out to the bend, to the center of the foam. Keep that hand there and with your maker hand draw a semicircle at the top of your tombstone. Then cut along the line to make your tombstone shape.

After that, trace that tombstone twice and cut out. You want three identical tombstones.

Now sand the edges to get rid of jagged cuts.

Step 2: Make Pocket

Decide what layer will be the center of the tombstone and cut a medium size hole in it. This hole is going to be filled with flour, so that when the tombstone breaks it looks like concrete dust flying.

Now take the protective plastic off the foam.

Step 3: Lettering

Here comes the fun part...the lettering.

I went with the generic RIP but you can put anything you want on them.

First draw your letters on the foam. Then cut around the letters, making a V shape around the letter outline.

Step 4: Make It Break

To make the tombstone break correctly when your actor hits it, you need to break the tombstone first then put it back together. I scored the back of the tombstones but didn't cut all the way through. I then broke them in half, along the score lines. Now copy the exact break lines onto the other two tombstone layers.

After each layer is broken you want to glue them back together. Don't glue where you broke them just glue the three layers together.

Step 5: Paint

Now its time for some paint. Use latex paint so you don't dissolve the foam. Paint the edges including the broken ones then put the tombstone together and paint the front and back. Since my foam was white I fogged on the black only misting it. That way I get a stone look. If you are using blue or pink foam paint it entirely black then just lightly mist it with white, or stone texture paint.

Step 6: Effect

Now for your effect. Fill the hole in the middle with flour or baby powder, then reassemble the tombstone. Place it in your shooting location and have your actor hit it. It should fly apart spraying the flower making it look like rock. Add a cool sound effect and you are done.

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    16 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    do you mind tellling me the music please and where i can get it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Is the backing on the foam actually removable on both sides or did you just tear it off?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome Tombstone Tutorial! We are huge fans of halloween and halloween tombstones! Never even thought of using a break away tombstone in a haunt scene before now! Its a great Idea, we'll have to think about how we can work something like this into our haunt! your's HeadStone13, at


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I do really like it. Awesome work! Awesome zompires idea *lol*! Awesome film! best regards from germany


    10 years ago on Introduction

    that was a really cheesy movie but the tombstone effect was really nice and i like the idea of Zompires. 5/5

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Zompires!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! How bout a few gobliens and mumkensteins fighting werewitches and gremlizards. Horror-core is wacky.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I'm glad you liked it. The movie wasn't suppose to be taken seriously. Thanks :)