Killer Scrap Wood DIY Halloween Tombstones – I Wish I Was This Clever…

Killer (pun intended) Scrap Wood DIY Halloween Tombstones


One look at these awesome tombstones and you can see why I wanted to share them with you. This is the yard of Denver artist Tom Novosad, who has a real gift with scrap wood and a jigsaw. “Found some plywood in the alley and had to make me some new headstones. A little left over house paint, some screws…” That’s how Tom rolls. Weathered,  found scrap wood, cut into shapes and layered on with screws, painted with house paint (the drippy paint layers are easily done with watered down paint, just vary the shade of gray slightly) These look so pro, I’m inspired to try my hand at them…well, maybe next year 😉

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The placement of the occasional skull and crow are perfect. Now, behind the scenes, a look at the backs…

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You get an idea of the simple construction looking at the backs. They really are just scrap wood! Staked in the ground with a simple single wood stake.

Bonus: His home-made cemetery gate is marvelous, more scrap wood!…

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Yes, that’s a real coffin on his porch. A dented display model he scored from a mortuary.


The wood over the window is pure genius. So simple, and it looks awesome! The wood pieces were assembled together and painted, then attached to the window frame with two screws.

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We’ll have to go back and see it all lit up and tricked out on Halloween. Thank for the tour Tom!

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