Have you ever seen the funny Halloween Headstones that have silly names on them? I think they are so fun to try and figure out what they say! I decided that this would be the perfect first project to use my Blade Runner X2 on. I had so much fun making a set of these DIY Halloween Headstones for our yard, and today, I’m going to show you how I did it.
I was so excited when Rockwell sent me a Blade Runner X2 to use. I have wanted a saw forever, that does what this saw does. It really is an amazing saw! This little package packs a lot of punch. It can cut wood, metal, plastic, aluminum, and ceramic tile. It is SO light weight too! The saw was so easy to put together, and I was ready to cut the wood in no time. Once I started cutting, it was so much fun, I didn’t want to stop. I just wanted to keep cutting any wood I could find. 🙂
Using MDF, I drew my Headstone patterns onto the wood with a pencil, then I started cutting them. This was the first one that I finished.
Once I had each design cut out, I used a primer to seal the MDF. Since MDF likes to absorb paint, priming it helped with that too. Once the MDF was dry, I sanded the wood to make sure it was nice and smooth. Then I painted the front a light gray. The color that I wanted my letters to be. Using some stencil mask letters (I used Hazel & Ruby Handmade masks, these are amazing!), I spelled my names. Now the headstones are ready to be painted. I painted them a dark gray to begin with. It took two coats. Once that paint was dry, I used charcoal gray and painted the designs. This part was SO fun! Once that paint was on and somewhat dry, I started pulling my stencil mask letters off.
I lightly sanded the front to smooth any paint out, wiped them down to get the dust off, and then I sealed them with a spray sealer to help them hold up to the weather.
You can see the painting detail in the pictures below.
Do you like the names I used?
My kids think they are pretty funny!
I had so much fun coming up with the shapes for these headstones. I thought some of them might be hard to cut, but the BladeRunner X2, cut them all like a champ! I seriously can’t wait to get outside and cut some more wood with this awesome saw.
To stand these up, we just drove some stakes into the ground and the headstones are leaning on them. Easy to do, and they will be easy to take down when the time comes.
The front yard is already for Halloween now. I may add a couple more things to it, but if I don’t get to that, it is just fine like it is. I put my Halloween Arrows up, and we used the pumpkins that we grew from our garden.