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DIY Concrete Tombstones

7 Materials
1 Hour

Halloween is right around the corner and of course I have a DIY for you. Today we’re making DIY Concrete Tombstones. These are perfect to make for outdoor decor this Halloween. After my mom saw this one I created, she is now making a whole grave yard. Feel free to customize this DIY by using different cake pans, colors of paint, or anything else. Let’s jump into it.
diy concrete tombstones
Supplies : Americana Decor Chalky Finish Everlasting | Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic | Rapid Set Cement All | 13×9 Cake Pan | Americana Decor Brush | Americana Decor Ultra Matte Varnish | Spoon
diy concrete tombstones
Step 1: Mix the Rapid Set Cement All by following the directions on the box.
diy concrete tombstones
Step 2: Spray your 13×9 cooking pan lightly with cooking spray to assure that the cement doesn’t stick
diy concrete tombstones
Step 3: Pour the concrete into the pan. After letting it set for a few minutes, you can write what you want in the concrete. I used a toothpick and wrote R.I.P. Then let it harden for an hour.
diy concrete tombstones
Step 4: Now base coat your tombstone with Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting.
diy concrete tombstones
Step 5: Let the base coat dry before moving on to the next step.
diy concrete tombstones
Step 6: To highlight your writing, take a small paintbrush and Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic to paint inside the letters. 
diy concrete tombstones
Step 7: Now distress your tombstone with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic. I used a dry brush technique- you will want to dip your brush in paint, remove excess paint so that the brush is pretty much dry, and gently work it into the concrete. 
diy concrete tombstones
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  • Carlene Williams Johnson
    on Sep 18, 2018

    I love this idea! I don’t decorate for halloween but, I can see this idea being used for so many things! Thanks for your inspiration. :). Somebody mentioned as a stepping stone. It seems pretty thin. Would they break easily?

  • Ljm317699
    on Sep 18, 2018

    How do you get them to stand up?

    I will be trying it. Thanks.

  • Julie
    on Oct 5, 2018

    I see that varnish is on the list of supplies, but no mention of it in the directions. Is this to be done at the end?

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  • Alice Smith
    on Sep 18, 2018

    I like the idea... I've heard of making

    Stepping stones using old pizza box's... I Love Halloweeny... They would make really nice headstones

    But... They would be to heavy to store every year....

    Love The Idea... Thank You...

    • Jewellmartin
      on Sep 19, 2018

      Alice, if you paint or carve cute pictures or sayings on the backside of the tombstones. Then stand them up against a fence or the house after Halloween. Ooh! You could use them for welcome signs for other holidays! Best wishes ☺️

  • Erma
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Nice !! Thank you.they look great !!

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