Creepy DIY Halloween Chalkboard Tombstone

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Such a fun way to update a store-bought tombstone! Try this DIY Chalkboard Tombstone plus FREE Printable to make your home super scary this season. For more creepy decor see my Halloween page. 

Chalkboard Tombstone Made in a Day

Today I am going to share one last quick project for Halloween! It’s almost here! Yay! I got the idea to make a Chalkboard Tombstone, next I had thought about how to go about making one the easy way!

So I decided to use an already made one, then add a faux front as a chalkboard. I chose craft foam as my faux front because it is easy to cut and shape into anything. Did you know you could paint on Craft Foam? Well here’s a tutorial on how to do just that!

DIY Halloween Chalkboard Tombstone




First, you are going to make a pattern out of poster board to use to cut your foam to match the tombstone.

Use poster board to make a guidenew

Take a piece of poster board lay it on the tombstone and start cutting out the inner shape with scissors.

If you mess up it’s ok just tape the piece you cut off back on the poster board and keep going.  Once you get your shape cut out, lay it over the foam and cut it out with an X-Atco knife.

add mod podge to foamn

Next, you need to prep your craft foam so it will take the paint you’re going to apply. Since the foam is basically a sponge, paint a couple of coats of Mod Podge over it and let it dry. This will soak into the foam and allow the paint to adhere to it.

paint craft foam with chalkboard paintn

Paint 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint onto the foam. Let it dry, then hot glue the foam to the tombstone.

Use a projector to add words to chalkboard

Season the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the surface of the paint and then wipe it off and you are ready to write on it! In the photo, you will see I used my “old school” overhead projector to add my lettering. Click here for more info on how to make transparencies, printables and for how to use a projector.

If you do not have a projector you can hand draw the lettering. Hand drawing takes a little time and practice to master. Just go slow and use a sponge or wet cloth to fix mistakes as you go. Below I provided a free printable for the lettering! Enjoy!

Click Link Below to get the PDF Printable for your decor or transparency!

Deader than a Doornail PRintable

Click the link below for the free printable!


How to make a Chalkboard Tombstone

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Make a DIY Chalkboard Tombstone


Check out more Halloween Decor Ideas~

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Welcome to Made in a Day, I'm Kim, the home & lifestyle blogger, former wig stylist, floral designer, and now Park Lane Stylist behind the blog. Living seaside in Southern California, my blog is where I share my love of DIY coastal decor, digital art prints, fun fashion DIYs, and great recipes. I also write about my experience as a former wig stylist who now wears a hair topper!

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  1. 11.4.13
    Heather said:

    LOVE this Kim!

  2. 10.29.13
    Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) said:

    I had no idea you could use chalkboard paint on foam! This is awesome!

  3. 10.28.13

    That’s fantastic!!

  4. 10.28.13

    This is so cute. I really love it. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This will be a feature. Please can you remember to link back. Thanks

  5. 10.28.13

    Oh my goodness! This is fantastic — Pinned it! xoxo

  6. 10.28.13
    Natalie said:

    Cute tombstone, I love what you did with it!
    Thanks so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Your craft will be featured on the Crafts Round up during this week. Do come by and grab your featured button.

  7. 10.26.13

    WOOW. just Love this post :)
    really spooky……
    and do not miss my little….


    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  8. 10.26.13
    krystie said:

    What a great idea! I am becoming a new follower on Pinterest and blog lovin, hoping you follow back!

  9. 10.26.13

    That is very creepy — in a good way! Love it! Stopping by from Best of the Weekend.

  10. 10.25.13
    Michele said:

    Hahaha!!!! Love this. Thanks for sharing. What a clever idea!!!

  11. 10.25.13

    Very cute! Nice way to be able to change up the sayings if you want too!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party! I’ll be featuring this tomorrow.

  12. 10.24.13

    That is totally spooky and totally cool. My sons would love that!

    Thanks for linking up to the Twirl and Take a Bow Party. We plan on partying every Tuesday. Hope you can visit us again!


  13. 10.24.13

    Now this is pretty cool looking ;-)