Introducing My Tombstones

Martha Stewart first inspired me to make some tombstones for my yard.   That was nearly 10 years ago.  At the time, it was a sheet of styrofoam, some paint, and voila!   I had a number of these plain, blank type of tombstones before I wanted something more.  I searched on the internet and found people doing the most amazing things with styrofoam tombstones.

And you know what?

I wanted them.

I put a lot of time looking for just the right shape to go with just the right epitaph.

I’ve even held epitaph contests last year and this year.

Then there’s the time I put into making them.  It’s more time than I should probably admit.

There are probably over a dozen ways to make these, but this is how I do them and though it takes time, I am happy with the results.

Though I still have the original blank ones that I use in the back of the display, the following are front and center.

(If you click on the first one, it will go through a slide show)

TIME TO DIE:  This is a working clock and pendulum.

VACANCY:  For this tombstone I use a string of red xmas lights that I have poked through the letters.  I also have these lights plugged into a special effects plug and the lights fade on and off.  Great effect.

LET ME OUT!:  For this tombstone I used the Martha Stewart multipurpose glow in the dark paint**.  Once I realized that this paint was black light reactive, I knew I was going to work it into the display.  This is in the darker part of my yard and I have two (lemax brand) battery operated black lights shooting up on it.


**I was sent a box of beautiful Martha Stewart Paint products that are made by Plaid.  This will not be the first time I mention them.  Though I was not charged for the products, I love them and would not steer you wrong.  I’m sure you already know that though.


  1. Gosh I wish I could do these amazing craft projects! I am talentless.

    My young kids asked for cool tombstones like this, so I brought them to the darkened cemetery, left them overnight and voila! Never asked again.
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  2. Courtenay says:

    Seriously, you are the effing queen of Halloween! Just amazing!

  3. Esther Wifler says:

    These are pretty damn awesome.

  4. A.MA.ZING!!!!
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  5. These are awesome, though. I'm partial to the I.M. Indenial one.

    Not sure why.
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  6. You are way more talented than I previously thought. And by 'talented' I mean 'bored and in need of something constructive to do.'

  7. Wow – can you come do some for our yard please! :)
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  8. I LOVE these!

  9. Love them! They look great

  10. Those are awesome!!

  11. i want you to come decorate for me. all year long. i will pay you in candy.
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  12. Anonymous says:

    I'm not getting number 9, can someone please explain to my tired old brain. These are great, by the way!

  13. Meant to add, these ROCK!
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  14. Dude. DUDE. Duuuuuude

  15. I seriously love you for this!
    I wish you lived locally!
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  16. I can't even believe how much I would love to be your kid.

  17. I've been looking forward to this! You do not disappoint!

  18. You are my heroine. And nemesis. I'm buying some candy and smiling at trick-or-treaters. I might put out a pumpkin. Might.

  19. Ahhhh! I'm in love with all of your tombstones! My 2 tombstones will be completed by Halloween, but I won't blog about them until next Halloween… sigh.

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