How to make wooden cemetery crosses

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Simple wooden crosses served as grave markers in early America as wood was ample and the marker could be made quickly with little expense. The cross design signified the Christian faith.

In some areas, placing simple wooden crosses on graves is still practised today, even when the grave has a stone head and foot markers. Making a 3-foot wooden cross is quick and easy.

Paint or stain the boards, if desired.

Cut the bottom of the 48-inch board on a 45-degree angle to form a point.

Measure 12 inches from the top uncut end of the board and mark with a pencil.

  • Simple wooden crosses served as grave markers in early America as wood was ample and the marker could be made quickly with little expense.
  • Cut the bottom of the 48-inch board on a 45-degree angle to form a point.

Place the smaller board so the top rests on the 12-inch mark.

Center the cross piece and nail in place with two finishing nails.

Decorate with dried or silk flowers by stapling them in place in the centre of the cross. You can also add ribbons or a bow.

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