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My family loves Halloween. Every year when I was little, my dad made tombstone decorations for our front yard, as you can see in this picture of my sister (the one who carries fanny packs).

So, this year, I asked my dad, Marshall (or “The Marshall,” as Tyson calls him), for help making my own temporary cemetery.

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He was more than happy to lend a hand, and he’s a natural on camera, if I do say so myself. Then again, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

You will need:

  • Styrofoam (the thicker, the better)
  • Yardstick
  • Miter saw
  • Lots and lots of glue
  • Paint roller
  • Cutting, marking and drawing tools
  • Spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint sponges

Tip: If you try to spray paint Styrofoam, it’ll dissolve the material! That’s where the glue comes in — and that’s why you need a lot of it. The glue creates a protective barrier that’ll allow you to paint Styrofoam.

Every member of my family has gotten a tombstone in the Halloween cemetery. This year, it’s Tyson’s turn. Sorry, buddy; you shouldn’t have eaten that bison.

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Elissa Benzie About the author:
Elissa is a millennial wife and mom with two toddlers. She's neurotic and disorganized, she's over it and exhausted. But it's OK, that's life! Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram. 
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