How to Design a Headstone Template

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How to Design a Headstone Template
Design your headstone template online. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If a loved one has died recently and you are in charge of the funeral details, you will want to choose a headstone that reflects the person's memory, name, heritage and honour. Experiment with different styles, including stone finishes, engraved letters and epitaphs by using a free online headstone design site or by sketching your design on a blank headstone template.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Computer paper
  • Printable headstone template
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

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    Headstones and Memorials

  1. 1

    Visit Headstones and Memorials, where you can design a headstone using the site's different features without paying for a headstone. This site gives you a good idea of the options available for headstones.

  2. 2

    Select a size for your headstone, a stone finish, a font style and even a graphic such as flowers or praying hands. You can view the way the headstone will look by watching the headstone of the screen change as you add different features.

  3. 3

    Type a short a message for the front of your headstone by utilising the text box provided.

  4. 4

    Press "Control" and "P" on a Windows computer and "Command" and "P" on a Macintosh computer to print your headstone.

    Print Headstone Template

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Select a font style such as Times New Roman, Goudy or Helvetica (common headstone fonts) and type the name of the person.

  3. 3

    Press "Enter" and type the date of birth and date of death.Press "Enter" and type a message such as "Rest in Peace" or "In Loving Memory."

  4. 4

    Print your text and cut it out with scissors. Paste it on your blank headstone to get an idea of what yours may look like.

    Granite State Grave Markers

  1. 1

    Visit the Granite State Grave Markers design site.

  2. 2

    Press the button labelled "Create a Custom Cemetery Memorial."

  3. 3

    Click a stone swatch from the left sidebar. Press the "Continue" button.

  4. 4

    Select a design template from the ones provided on the left sidebar and press "Continue."

  5. 5

    Select a line layout from the ones provided on the left sidebar and press "Continue."

  6. 6

    Type the name of the deceased in the boxes provided and select the birth date and death date from the drop-down menus. Select a typeface from the drop-down menu. Press "Continue."

  7. 7

    Press "Control" and "P" on a Windows computer or "Command" and "P" on a Macintosh computer to print your headstone template.

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