How to Build the Tomb of Jesus From Styrofoam

Updated July 20, 2017

Celebrate the Easter season by making your own tomb of Jesus. Place the tomb craft in your home on Good Friday, with the stone in front of the tomb opening. Remove the stone on Easter Sunday to reveal the empty tomb. You can reuse this handmade tomb every Easter season. If you would like children to participate in the making of this craft, allow them to do the painting, but an adult should cut the styrofoam.

Measure 4" from the top of the ball with a ruler. Cut off that segment of the ball with the knife. Flip the ball over so that it sits steady on its level bottom.

Measure along the base of the tomb to find the centre. Mark 2" on either side of the centre point. Cut an upside down "U" shape that begins and ends with 2" marks. This is the tomb opening. Reserve the U shaped cutout to use as the stone.

Cut out a 4" wide, 4" tall and 4" deep cavity, beginning with the U shaped opening.

Cover your work surface with newspaper. Shake the can of spray paint for 30 seconds. Hold the tomb upside down in one hand and hold the can of spray paint 12" from the tomb in the other hand. Spray paint the inner cavity with up-and-down and side-to-side strokes. Flip the tomb over and sit it on its base. Paint the outside of the tomb with the same up-and-down and side-to-side strokes. Allow to dry. A second coat of paint may be necessary.

Paint the front of the U shaped stone grey. Allow to dry. Flip over and paint the back and sides of the U shaped stone grey. Allow to dry.

Spread glue over the square of fabric. Crumple the fabric into a ball and place in the back of the tomb to represent the burial cloths.


Some spray paints will melt the styrofoam. Use craft paint that is marked for use with styrofoam.

Things You'll Need

  • 12" styrofoam ball
  • Ruler
  • Fillet knife
  • Newspaper
  • Gray craft spray paint
  • School glue
  • 3"x3" square of white fabric
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