As part of our early Halloween preparations, I got two small wooden coffins from Michael's. I had no idea what to do with them, but I knew they'd find a place in our Haunted Mansion-inspired decorations, even if just painted a glossy black like the spooky village.
After spending a few days of laying around on my craft table, one coffin got a makeover based on my favorite tangle to wood burn, Knightsbridge. Here's a great tutorial on the tangle by Adele Bruno of "Tickled to Tangle:"
I tangled around my goofy "Checkmate" in pencil, then added friendly ghosts to a few empty spaces. More somber pawns and tulips filled out the hinge side, then everything was burned in with my Walnut Hollow tool.
As I was working, my oldest came through and asked about the design. I'm not into chess- I'll be honest, it seems a lot like work - but I'd Googled it beforehand to make sure it meant what I thought it did.
Inspired, he took the next box and a cute little teapot to work on. He took my advice and penciled in his motif, and luckily so. A small thumb burn ended his short pyrography career, and I finished his vision after administering the burn cream and an ice pack.
He liked the Knightsbridge design and the flowers, but he went for "RIP." He said that should always be on there. I can't argue - it's a classic. His name and the date are burned into the back, as this one is a keeper. I can envision a future Halloween coffin display with the boys' handmade creations, getting creepier and more sophisticated with each year.
We had a lot of fun with these despite the mishap, and I'll be surprised if we don't end up with more before the season ends. There are a lot of happy haunts, after all!
These versatile little boxes are perfect for Halloween treats; an internet search for treat coffins reveals stickers, paint, paper, and tape used by the crafty and macabre to deliver small candies and coins. And that's plenty! In a few months, some of us are going to have to throw down and pretend to be the big guy in red, so let's not make Halloween another gift basket holiday.
I also adore this tutorial from Thrifty Crafty Girl that details a cute centerpiece: