Mini Graveyard Centerpiece

Whenever I buy a new set of sheets, I hold on to the cardboard insert that’s always tucked inside. I love working with cardboard — I paint it, stitch it, rework it to create totally new shapes – I just like it a lot. The inserts that I find in the sheet sets are particularly nice too – they are of a finer quality than bulkier cardboard and they cut easily. Recently, the idea popped into my head to try to make a mini cemetery out of a few pieces of this cardboard for a Halloween centerpiece…

My kids liked these a lot.

At only 4-inches high, these tombstones are just big enough to carry a little message.

This project cost me nothing to make. I used a piece of cardboard, pencil, thin black marker, gray crayon and scissors.

Cut out your shape.

Sketch out your design with a pencil.

Go over your pencil lines with a thin black marker.

Shade your design with a gray crayon.

I hot glued a small support (a triangular piece of the same cardboard) to the back to keep these tombstones upright.

Use your mini tombstone to communicate with your guests at a buffet.

You can fill in your tombstone with a hand-written or stamped message.

Happy Halloween!


Comments (3):

  1. Jan

    October 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    You are too clever. I love it. I am for sure going to make some.

  2. Julia stratman

    October 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    This is perfect for the candy jar 🙂 Thanks!!

  3. Val

    October 30, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Absolutely LOVE these! I love everything about Halloween and these mini tombstones are awesome! It would be something that I would love to make. I used my cardboard to design life sized tombstones that I cutout of pressed wood for our front yard. Check out my blog if you get the chance to see our Halloween tombstones! Thanks for sharing your awesome mini tombs! 🙂

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