Short Toepincher Casket

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Introduction: Short Toepincher Casket

About: I think my interests tell a lot about me, I'm a multimedia artist which means I work in whatever medium grabs my attention, paint on canvas is very relaxing and acrylic paint can be mixed with paper to make ...


A couple days ago I saw an "ible" about building a cover for a fog machine that looked like a casket and of course now I can't find it ! If it's your "ible" let me know so I can link you.   here it is ! https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Halloween-Casket-Fog-Machine-Cover/


That was the inspiration for the 1st open casket I built using foam board which I had recently rescued a large pile of from the trash. When my son in law saw it he suggested I make a couple for my daughters scare in this years haunt. After a little discussion we hit on a really gruesomely cool prop.

I'm not going to tell or show you here the final piece, you'll have to check out my Haunt "ible" after Halloween....

Step 1: Getting Started


I started out with some large foam board sheets approximately 4'6x2'6 and cut out a couple of front and backs for a toe pincher coffin. I then cut a bunch of 4" wide strips. By the time I was done it was getting late so I went inside, when I came out the next day every thing had WARPED !  (I actually took ALL these pics after everything warped) I found a couple of heavy steel plates as weights and built around them

Step 2: The Sides


I laid a strip against the bottom coffin shape and marked where I wanted a bend and scored the "outside". I then attached the side with strips of ducttape and moved on to the next piece until I had a box, I then ran hotglue around all the joints

Step 3: Inner Supports


Because the 2 finished coffins are going to have to support a little weight I built a grid inside and hotglued it in place before adding the lid

Step 4: Not the Finish


I went through my possibilium piles and found some styrofoam that I cut out a couple of crucifix shapes from and attached to the "lid" with more hot glue. A base coat of gray paint makes it look a little more aged and that's all I'm going to show in this "ible"

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    9 Discussions

    Hi Tinker, thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment, one of these would look great with a stone look. The ones I built here worked well for the 4 nights of our HAUNT but unfortunately they warped before I got them stored away. Although they'll still work as individual props in a dark corner somewhere, I'm planning on remaking them from thin plywood for this years Haunt

    I think the material is just too flimsy, it's just foamcore board that I rescued from a dumpster. In my experience fiberglass is too expensive, too messy and takes too much sanding/cleanup for smaller projects like this, but then I don't work with it a lot. I can make more from a couple of interior doors and 1x6" for the sides in a couple of hours at most. If you check my 2011 haunt ible you can see the finished piece

    yeah i will take a look probably be easier to make one out of wood but foams the best thanks for helping me figure this out

    the foam board is very easy to work with and I probably could have prevented the warping of the edges by building them up but I don't sit and plan or research most projects, I just dive in and try to work around or solve any problems. This entire project including painting only took a couple of hours. If you look at the 2011 haunt page there's a black baby casket that took longer to paint than it did to make.

    thank you scooch for the link and the comment.. Ive created a monster though, today my daughter had me build a 22" tall "baby" version 5" deep, oh well only took an hour start to final paint..

    Ooh, here it is: https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Halloween-Casket-Fog-Machine-Cover/