Headstones are the mainstay in Halloween graveyard scenes. HALLOWEEN-STYROFOAM-HEADSTONES are sold in most Halloween decoration stores at great expense but can be made for pennies on the dollar.
One large piece of Styrofoam 2 inch thick will yield at least 4 large headstones or many, many small headstones. The YouTube video at the bottom of this page is the best one I have seen for creating simple easy Headstones for your Halloween graveyard.
More elaborate headstones can be made from Styrofoam and I have made some of these from FREE Styrofoam. The video below as well as the picture instructions will take you through making these headstones from recycled Styrofoam. This Styrofoam was from packing around refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners and flat screen TV’s. Try your local appliance or electronic store for their throw a ways.
This is a picture of the items I picked up to make Headstones. The pieces on the extreme right are being added to as an edging on a flat piece. The two large pieces standing in the back are being cut in half to make two headstones, one per long piece.
I first made the Tall Styrofoam Headstone. I am using the decorative pieces for the side attached to a flat piece, braces to add strength and poles used to install the headstone into the ground and then another flat piece for the back. The back will not have the decorative side adornment
The decorative side pieces and top and bottom pieces are measured for size and then cut to fit
Before putting all the pieces together a epitaph needs to be added. Lay out your words on paper and place on the headstone. Using a hard point, like a pencil, trace the words onto the flat Styrofoam. Use a hot iron to burn the letters into the Styrofoam.
Add glue(monster glue, Elmers carpenter glue or any other non-water soluble type of glue) to the side pieces and lay flat piece onto the decorative sides. Put heavy objects down along the edges to press the sides down to create a secure gluing. Let dry at least 24 hours.
Flip over so decorative side is down. Then I added some heavy Styrofoam pieces that I had deemed not good enough to make headstones out of for the supports on the inside of this headstone. This view is the bottom of the headstone. Note: the PVC pipe(1”) is cut to fit down the middle of my support pieces(one for each side). A piece of rebar or other type of sturdy material will be driven into the ground and then this headstone slipped over that to allowing the headstone to stand in the graveyard.
Toothpicks can be used to secure the pieces of Styrofoam and pipe which ultimately adds more stability during gluing as well to the entire finished piece.
Now add the back to headstone. Cracks and other large gaps can be sealed with paint able silicone sealer.
To finish the headstone, spray paint in black, gray’s and off whites can be used or a sponge with the same colors to splotch on. See the video various finishing techniques.