Every year part of my front lawn becomes a spooky graveyard for Halloween. And every Halloween graveyard needs tombstones.
Here’s how I made them:
Step 1: Choose Your Disney Villain
Step 2: Cut Tombstone Shapes
I chose to cut these tombstones out of plywood like I did with my Haunted Mansion tombstones. In fact, I already had cut out and painted a few generic tombstone shapes, so I saved time by using one of them for Gaston.
In hindsight, this was a missed opportunity. If I ever remake this tombstone, I think I might have some fun with it and give it a more unique shape.
Step 3: Paint Your Tombstone
When you paint may depend on how you are going to add your details. If they are also being painted on, you’ll want to at the very least apply a base coat of dark colored paint. DryLok is a good choice to protect your tombstone from moisture. A gallon of white is very affordable and you can tint it by adding black to make a grey color.
If you are etching in the details, then waiting until after that step might be better. As it turned out, my tombstone was already painted with a base coat of grey paint, plus a touch of stone texture spray paint before I even thought about the rest.
Step 4: Gaston’s Portrait
If I was an artist, I might have tried to just draw on his picture. But I know my limits. So I decided to do the next best thing and trace it.
I found an image I liked online, and used GIMP to make an outline of it.
I used a dremel to trace the lines of the picture, etching them into the wood.
I used some black acrylic paint to fill in Gaston’s hair and eyebrows.
Step 5: The Epitaph
Step 6: Add Fun Details
Since Gaston used antlers in all of his decorating, I thought he should have some on his gravestone as well. It’s fun touches like this that complete the tombstone.
The Finished Product:
It came out pretty good. This gives me hope that I can complete a few more and have an entire section of Disney Villains residing in my Halloween graveyard this year and for years to come!
Now, Whose do you think I should make next? And who has ideas for a good Villain epitaph?