How to Make a Gravestone Candy Box

Pass out candy in style with this simple DIY Halloween décor

2-4 hours

This simple Halloween DIY project allows you to pass out candy using a simple sheet of plywood and decorative skeleton parts. Follow along to learn how to make this fun porch décor.

What You Need

Measure and mark
Measure and mark

• Measure and mark cuts on the plywood according to the cut list and diagram below.
• To get a rounded shape on the top of the gravestone, tap a nail into the center of the gravestone 10 inches down from the top.
• Tie a string from the nail to a pencil to make a makeshift compass, then draw rounded edges along the top edge of the 16- x 24-inch segment of plywood.

Cut list:

• One gravestone shape: 16- x 24-inch plywood with top rounded edges
• 16 x 3 ½-inch box front
• 15 x 3 ½-inch box bottom
• Two 3 ½- x 3 ½-inch box sides

Cut diagram

• Use a circular saw to make the long straight cuts on the plywood and a jigsaw for the curved cuts.
• Use sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

paint or stain
Paint or stain

• Paint or stain all cut pieces prior to assembly.

attach box bottom
Attach box bottom

• Hold the box sides up against the box front so that the edges are flush.
• Attach with nailer.
• Repeat on opposite side of box front.
• Stand the box front up and place the sides so that they are between the gravestone back and the front.
• Secure with nailer through the back of the gravestone.

attach box sides
Attach box sides

• Place box bottom in between all other sides and press so that it is flush.
• Secure with nailer.

attach box decor
Attach box decor

• Use the nailer or a hot glue gun to attach the bones as desired to make your haunted candy box!