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DIY Halloween Prop - Faux Concrete Tombstone

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
This DIY Halloween prop idea is easy to create with FolkArt Painted Finishes!
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Silicone Craft Mat
Item #16289
Protect your work surface with this silicone mat. Glues peels right off of it for easy clean-up!

$10.99

Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
Item #24888
The Mod Melter is a unique new shaped tool to use specifically with Mod Molds and Mod Melts. Hold the tool above the molds and fill them with ease! You can also use the Mod Melter as an all-purpose glue gun to make everything from molded embellishments to home décor, paper crafts, and more!

$24.99

Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Flowers
Item #24889
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone. Bring your projects to life with Flowers Mod Molds!

$6.99

Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Ornaments
Item #24890
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone. Decorate your projects with Ornaments Mod Molds!

$6.99

Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Metallics
Item #24915
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.

$10.99

Mod Podge ® Collage Clay - Vanilla White
Item #25144
Mod Podge ® Collage Clay is a lightweight whipped clay available in 2 colors, Pink & White. Use to embed decorated Mod Mold embellishments to create fresh and fun decoden or kawaii projects. Dries permanent in 24 hours. Use on any surface.

$10.39

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Pure Black, 2 oz.
Item #2957
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe satin finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Concrete
Item #5067
Achieve the modern look of concrete using FolkArt’s Carded Concrete Painted Finishes kit. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes. Since they can be used on a variety of surfaces, including wood, metal, terra cotta, or plastic, the finish options are almost endless.

$6.99

FolkArt ® Painted Finish Kit - Moss
Item #5068
Add an earthy element to your craft pieces using FolkArt’s Carded Moss Painted Finishes Kit. FolkArt Painted Finishes are a great way to elevate your decor projects. Transform the look of your projects using these creative finish options. Add rustic, but contemporary, flair to your indoor or outdoor decor pieces with these easy to use, non-toxic paint finishes. Since they can be used on a variety of surfaces, including wood, metal, terra cotta, or plastic, the finish options are almost endless.

$6.99

FolkArt ® Painted Finishes - Brush Set, 3 pc.
Item #5080
Get the most out of your FolkArt Painted Finishes projects with this three-piece brush set. Ideal for thick or textured paint, these flag-tipped brushes have natural bristles designed for maximum hold and smooth application. Whether you’re creating a concrete look on a terra cotta pot or adding decorative moss to a lawn ornament, these brushes give you high quality results. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor and painted finishes projects, these 1 inch brushes are reusable and clean up easily with soap and water.

$4.99

Other Supplies
Styrofoam board
Permanent marker
Craft knife
Plastic spoon
Paper towels
Two (2) small plastic skulls
Paper printed with RIP
Silicone mold - ghosts
Halloween greenery

Instructions

  1. Using a craft knife cut the Styrofoam board into a tombstone shape. Make other shapes like ledges and arches.
  2. Use a marker to mark cracks on the Styrofoam.
  3. Glue the pieces together with Collage Clay. Next, smear Collage Clay all over the surface and sides of the Styrofoam. Add extra collage clay around the marked crack lines. Use the plastic spoon to add peaks and valleys. Blot with a paper towel to add texture.
  4. Heat a silver Mod Melt in the Mod Melter, fill the border and square mold with the mod melt. Cool and lift to remove. Make a bunch of pieces. Glue the pieces to the tombstone with the Mod Melter. This will create more texture on the tombstone and look like carvings. Make a few more designs with the flower or ornaments mold. Set them aside for use later. Note: you can use Mod Melts in any silicone mold.
  5. Using the Light Concrete and the short Painted Finishes brush, apply the concrete to the tombstone in a tapping fashion. While wet, add the dark concrete to areas you want to highlight. Allow to dry. Add the Black paint to the cracked areas.
  6. Place the craft mat over the printed RIP, Heat a silver Mod Melt in the Mod Melter. Trace over the letters with the Mod Melts. Cool and peel.
  7. Glue the letters and pieces from step 4 to the tombstone.
  8. Add faux moss to the tombstone. Begin with the darker color and top-coat with the lighter color. Use the short brush and tap the moss paint onto the areas where moss would naturally form. Add a small bit of water to the painted areas and move the tombstone around to create a drippy look.
  9. To make a wreath, add garland to the sides and back. Add a loop hanger to the back of the tombstone.
  • PROJECT TIP: Use dollar-store plastic tablecloths to protect your work surface when working on large messy projects.
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