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What You Will Need

  • Scrap wood
  • Nails
  • Zero-VOC paint
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Protective eyewear

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Step 1: Choose Eco-Friendly Supplies

For this project you will need wood – we found an old wooden palette in a local dumpster. In the past, we’ve picked up wood from our local resource center. We reused the nails that were in the palette to transform the palette into tombstones. We had leftover zero-VOC paint in black, white and gray that we used.

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Step 2: Create the Tombstone Shape

Use your scrap wood to make two (or more) long rectangles. We took the wooden palette apart and then put it back together in long rectangles, we were able to make 2 large tombstones from one wooden palette.

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Step 3: Cut the Tombstone Shape

ADULTS ONLY: Using a saw, cut the wood into a tombstone shape. We just cut the corners off the top of the wooden palettes.

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Step 4: Create the Tombstone Stand

Using a leftover piece of wood, secure it to the back of the tombstones so they will stand up in your yard.

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Step 5: Paint the Tombstones

Using zero-VOC paint, paint your tombstones any dark color that you prefer. Children can help with this step, with supervision.

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Step 6: Add the Epitaph

Let your children get creative in choosing an epitaph for the tombstone.

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Step 7: Scare your Friends and Neighbors

Sit back and watch your friends, family and neighbors go batty over your Halloween cemetery.