Thursday, October 7, 2010

The DIY "I'm not going to pay full price" Tombstone

My husband's favorite holiday is Halloween, so I'm really wanting to put some effort into decorating our house this year for him.  The only problem is I can't bring myself to pay the going rate (an arm and a leg) for silly decorations I'd only use once a year.  So, I decided I would make my own.  I got this idea after seeing a ridiculously expensive styrofoam tombstone at the store.
Remember, I've only just begun waking Lucia, so I have to admit I'm a bit proud of my little tutorial.  Hope you like it too!

         (1)sheet of styrofoam
         black paint
         sponge brush
         exacto knife

Step 1: CUT!
         Cut out the shape you want for your tombstone with your exacto knife.  I used a plate to help with the curved edges.

Step 2:  CARVE!
 Next you're going to carve out your design.  I "drew" (carved) my skull and bones free hand, but I bet you could print a basic image out and trace around it too.  It sounds silly, but I used a mechanical pencil without the lead to carve because the exacto wasn't all that easy to maneuver.  Also, when you're carving your design, be sure to carve an outline of at least 1/2" wide around your intended image.  That outline will remain white and really define your image.

Step 3:  PAINT!
 Squirt paint onto your brush and start dabbing.  Remember not to paint the carved out part.  Ttry to get the edges of your image dark so the white really stands out.

Step 4:  DECORATE! 
I think it turned out pretty cute, and it was cheap and fun to make!  

Happy Early Halloween!



OhayoBento said...

Hi! I just saw your blog in the TBT. I love what you are doing and how honest you are. I felt the same about all of the beautiful bento lunches I saw online, so I taught myself how to make them, started taking photos, and made a bento blog of my own. I'm still learning and getting better everyday.

I love how you are waking Lucia and letting the world watch! I just became a fan!

Megan/Lucia said...

Thank you, OhayoBento, I appreciate your comment! That's really great that you got into the bento lunches. I've been seeing them around, and think they are really neat! Isn't it fun to challenge yourself to learn new things?! I'll have to pop over to your blog and see if I can learn a thing or two about bento!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is fantastic! I hope you'll come link it up to my Halloween party this weekend. It would be such a great addition! It looks wonderful!


Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

This is a fantastic idea, thank you for sharing it. You could have a whole graveyard if you wanted on the cheap! I love the name of your blog and it's meaning.

AUDRA said...

Great job! Thanks for linking up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday.

Debbie said...

Oh that is very cute...and really looks cuter than the store really pops...Nice job!!~

Hanna said...

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