Learn how to make a Halloween coffin centerpiece. Add a skeleton with light up eyes and plant some succulents and moss inside for a decorative look.
Then, all you need to do is pull out the party favors and you’re ready for some scary fun.
Cut the Wood for the Sides
Using the dog-ear fence boards, measure and cut the wood for the sides of the Halloween coffin centerpiece. Don’t forget to wear your safety glasses and to use your mask. After each piece is cut, be sure to sand any rough edges with your sanding block.
Top Left and Right Pieces: Cut two boards to 8.75 inches in length using the angles below
- For the top sides, use an angle cut of 85 degrees
- For the other sides, use an angle cut of 42 degrees
Right and Left Side Pieces: Cut two boards to 18 inches in length using the angles below
- For the top left side, use an angle cut of 42 degrees
- For the left bottom side, use an angle cut of 82 degrees
Base Piece: Cut the base piece to 9 inches in length using the angle below
- For the left and right sides, use angle cuts of 82 degrees
Special thanks to David Orosco of The Home Depot for help with the cut list
Cut the Base
Measure and cut the base piece of underlayment wood for your coffin. Rub your sanding block over any rough edges to smooth them out.
Secure Pieces With Glue and Nails
Starting at the top, glue together the two pieces and secure with your brad nailer and nails. Then glue each side piece. Use clamps to hold the wood as you nail the pieces together.
Finish on the bottom. Secure the last piece with glue and then nail it together. To complete the coffin, nail the bottom piece to the coffin.
Optionally, you could add a coffin cover on top. Just add hinges and prop it open with an extra piece of wood.
Paint and Stain the Coffin
Spray the inside of the coffin with black spray paint. Cover the inside bottom and sides with the paint. Next, stain the outside of the coffin using the weathered grey stain. Make sure to stain all edges in the process.
After left to dry for 20 minutes, create a weathered look on the outside of your coffin using white craft paint. Lightly dab it on in places and rub it off with a rag. Now that’s creepy!
Assemble Skeleton in the Coffin
Next, use your Phillips-head screwdriver and remove the screws securing the arms and legs of your skeleton. Now, unscrew one of the hands from the arm bone and place it aside. Place your skeleton inside the coffin centerpiece.
Plant Succulents in the Coffin
Wearing your gardening gloves, determine where you’ll plant your succulents, then begin adding potting soil and planting everything inside the coffin.
For a creepy effect, place the skeleton hands (including the one with the arm bones) in the dirt so it looks like they’re reaching out of the Halloween coffin centerpiece.
Complete the Look
To finish the look, decorate your Halloween coffin centerpiece with moss. Try using Spanish moss or reindeer moss, if needed, to fill in any gaps.
Place your Halloween centerpiece on a dining table or console. Additionally, try adding fairy lights around the base of your Halloween coffin centerpiece so it stands out wherever you end up using it.
Just remember, when Halloween is over, you can always use this centerpiece again. Just remove the succulents and pot them up in another container. Wipe down the coffin and the skeleton and its hands and store them for next year!
Want to make a Halloween coffin centerpiece, but you don’t have the tools you need? Consider power tool rental from The Home Depot. You can rent the tools for as long you want and return them when you’re done with the project.
Special thanks to Rambo Nursery for providing assistance with this project.