How to Build a Mini-Casket

Updated April 17, 2017

When Halloween rolls around, creepy craft time is also upon you. Creating miniature coffins, of the "toe pincher" variety is easy and can be put together using commonly found household materials. With a little time and some careful cutting, you can create your very own creepy mini coffin, which will help you and those around you get into the festive spirit. Whether for a haunted house or just for fun, such coffin designs really bring out the Halloween feeling.

Cut out the following eight shapes from a sheet of cardboard: two 9"x4" inch rectangles, two 7"x1 1/2" inch rectangles, two 2"x1 1/2" rectangles and two 2 1/4"x1 1/2" rectangles.

Place the two 9"x4" rectangles in front of you with the long edge facing you. These will become the top and bottom of your toe-pincher coffin.

Draw a line down the centre of both your two 9"x4" rectangles. Then draw a line perpendicular to this line, 2 inches from one end of the rectangle, creating a cross. Make a mark at each end of this line.

Measure 1 inch on either side of the long line at either end of the rectangle and make a mark with your pencil.

Draw a line connecting the four marks you made. These lines should now show the outline of your coffin. Cut along these lines, cutting off all four corners of the rectangle.

Place a piece of tape along each edge of one of the coffin shapes. This will become the bottom of your coffin.

Attach the two 7"x1.5" rectangles to the two long sides of the coffin and secure them in place with tape.

Attach the two 2"x1.5" rectangles to the head and foot of your coffin and secure in place with tape.

Attach the last two sides of the coffin with the two remaining 2 1/4"x1 1/2" rectangles to the last two sides and secure in place using some tape.

Fold all the sides upward to make a three-dimensional coffin box and apply a little tape inside the box, holding the sides together.

Connect the lid of the coffin using the last remaining piece of cardboard that matches the base of the coffin to the top, taping it along one 7-inch side, which will allow the coffin to be opened and closed.


Using black cardboard may make it look more authentic. If you do not require the coffin to be opened, you may tape the lid on along each edge. You can make the coffin bigger or smaller by multiplying or dividing the lengths by the same amounts.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
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Brandy Alexander began writing professionally in 1993. She has years of experience as a professional of the English language employed with the "Cape Times" and "The Mercury." Alexander holds a master's degree in English literature from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.