How to Create Grave Markers

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Some people choose to make homemade grave markers for deceased loved ones to decrease expense and add a personal, loving touch. Others use homemade grave markers to remember beloved pets. You can create any size, style or colour grave marker you like. Paint them; use any font you like and as many letters as you like. Making your own grave makers is relatively simple. You need a few inexpensive supplies, a large space outside in which to work and patience.

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Things you need

  • Large rectangular wooden box
  • Concrete
  • Hoe
  • Metal pan
  • Carpenter's square
  • Wooden plank
  • Electric handsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Varnish
  • Concrete stamps or wooden stamps
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Choose a material to make your grave marker. Wood is easier to work with and will be finished more quickly while concrete weathers more slowly and is sturdier.

  2. 2

    To make a concrete grave marker, mix the concrete with water in a metal pan until it's the consistency of thick oatmeal. Use a hoe and mix it with short, firm strokes. Pour it into the wooden box and smooth the top with the edge of the hoe.

  3. 3

    Set out the concrete stamps you want to use, in the order you want to use them. Concrete stamps are metal stamps made to imprint wet concrete. They are available at craft stores or at in Resources.

  4. 4

    Lay a carpenter's square across the top of the box and press your stamps into concrete along the square's edge. Push and pull the stamps slowly to avoid breaking or crumbling. Wash off the stamps and allow the marker to cure overnight before turning it out of the box.

  5. 5

    To make a wooden marker, purchase a plank of hardwood about 2 inches thick and 5 feet long. Oak and pine are both choice woods because they're dense and weather well. Make a line across your plank a foot from the bottom to mark how much of the plank will be buried.

  6. 6

    Trim the top of the plank into a rounded shape or any decorative shape you like, pencilling in the pattern first. Gently sand the edges and surface of the plank smooth.

  7. 7

    Lay out wood stamps as you did the concrete stamps. These are basically the same as concrete stamps and available at the same places. Use a carpenter's square as above to make straight lines and heat the surface of each stamp with a lighter before pressing it into the wood for several seconds. Stain and varnish the marker.

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