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DIY Tombstone Candy Holder (…that lights up!)

So, last week I mentioned I would be joining in on a Virtual “Do-It-HERself” Party…….yes, that cute Tombstone Candy Holder!!  It’s a quick project that is very simple to put together….and is just in time for Halloween!  Oh, and do you remember how I mentioned you could either make it on your own (more info below), or learn how to make the same project in person, by attending a FREE Home Depot workshop (#DIHworkshop) in your area?!!  (Check out dates/times and register HERE!)

Well, I finished my version and have been excited to show you what a fun and quick project this was!  I decided to change mine up a bit though……to make it LIGHT UP!!!

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I kinda love how it turned out……and am especially excited to finally have something to sit over in the corner of our living room, that is sometimes hard to decorate for each holiday!  Ooooh, I love it!!!

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The tombstone is made from one single piece of plywood (a 2×2 foot piece) and comes together very simply.  The attached holder on the front is perfect for candy….but could even be filled with plastic spiders or other small toys.

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I added LED lights to the “RIP” letters to light them up……but even when it’s daytime, the bulbs make those letters pop!

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But when the day turns to night, those bulbs give such a fun look to that little tombstone!

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You could even set the tombstone on your front porch if you’re headed out to trick-or-treat with your own kiddos……

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…..or just keep it inside and enjoy it with your Halloween decor! :)

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SUPPLIES:

  • 1/2 inch thick plywood, 2 x 2 ft piece
  • Silver paint
  • Black paint
  • white paint
  • LED round bulb lights (found with the Christmas lights)
  • Home Depot PDF Instructions

TOOLS USED:

  • circular saw
  • jig saw
  • 1 1/2 inch brad nails
  • drill and large drill bit (same size as your lights)
  • measuring tape
  • paint brush

OPTIONAL:

  • plastic spiders
  • string
  • hot glue

 

I followed the instructions linked in the supply list above and cut out the parts to my tombstone.

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Then I assembled the box and started nailing it together.

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Having a clamp handy was helpful in attaching the box front to the actual tombstone.

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I used a grey “hammered-look” spray paint and used that on the main tombstone shape.

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Then I used a plain flat black paint on the box portion of the project.

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Next, I printed some letters out on the computer (I used grey ink on my printer to save ink….but realized it kinda blended in with my silver tombstone, sorry about that!) and then cut each letter out.  Then I traced around each letter with a pencil.

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Next, I decided where I wanted each light bulb to poke through and made a dot with a pencil to be sure I liked the placement of each one.  Then, I drilled a hole through each dot and sanded the surface of each hole just a bit to get rid of any jagged edges.  Then I painted within the outline of each letter with black paint.

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Next, I pushed the base of each bulb through from the back of the tombstone and then added the bulb back in on the front.

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Then I hand painted the letters “Trick or Treat” with white paint onto the holder portion of the project.

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Lastly, I dabbed a wet paper towel into a very small amount of black paint and then dabbed it onto the tombstone, focusing on the outer edges.  I kinda smeared it around and wiped away any excess.

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Once the paint was dry, I added some candy and placed over with my other Halloween decor!

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Pretty quick project, right?  If you want to give it a try on your own…just follow the instructions above!  Or, if you’d rather some assistance, head on over to your local Home Depot this Thursday (October 19th) and put one together in time for Halloween!  (Just be sure to SIGN UP HERE!!)

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Oh, and if you have previously attended any workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to use this form. Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make the improvements you want to see.

Good luck!

-Ashley

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The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions right at their local store. Visit https://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

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(Click on each name, and it will take you to their site!)

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***Compensation for this post was provided by Home Depot.  However, all opinions are mine and have been presented openly and honestly…but let’s be real, I’m there all the time anyway, so that was easy to do! :)  

 

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Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Monique says:

    I love this!!! So fun and a funny party piece too. I’m going to make this for our church Halloween party!

  2. Nancy says:

    Oh my gosh! This is so awesome and easy! I’m totally going to do this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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