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· Halloween Bad Girl
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am officially submitting my coffin into the contest.. Here is the picture of my coffin with first coat of paint.

Here is a photo of my completed coffin

2 pieces of plywood = FREE donated from local business

4 pieces of wood = FREE old scrap wood from our house

Cross = $2.49 walmart craft section

Paint = 1 half gallon black = FREE left over from painting bedroom
1 quart red = 7.00 Home Depot
1 quart crackle finish = $12.00 Home Depot
1 gold paint pen from Walmart =$2.50
1 small container gold paint from Walmart craft section .98

Handles= 3 chair rails x $2.89 each

Misc= Paint brush, nails, screws = FREE from our house


I started on my coffin with donated plywood from a local business. Used a set of plans from http://wayneofthewoods.com/coffin%202.html.
After completely nailing and screwing all pieces together. I had this idea to crackle finish the outside of the coffin.

I started with a base coat of black paint .
Then I put on 1 coat of red paint.
After talking to my mom, she thought the paint sceam for a crackle finish would look best black over red.
So I went to home depot and purchased the crackle finish and put a coat of the crackle over the red.
My next step after applying the crackle finish and letting it dry, was to cover the entire surface with another coat of black..
I waited 3 days and could not tell that the crackle finish worked on the plywood.
There was a lot of the red showing through and I was not happy with the way it looked.
So I put on another coat of black paint to cover all the red.
I went to HD looking for handles and could not find anything in my budget or that would be of substantial size. I did find some chair rails that worked perfectly.
I purchased the 3 chair rails. I used 2 rails on each side of the coffin and 1 rail I cut apart and used to decorate at the top of the coffin on each side.
I originally started with the rails black.
My thoughts were that with having the coffin being black and outside at night, it would be hard to see. So I went to Walmart and purchased gold paint and paint pen and set about detailing the rails and the cross that I picked up while in the craft section.

I am pleased with my first coffin..

The one detail that I will do different is add some crown moulding to the top, to give it more size.

I chose not to add hinges to this coffin, because I plan to store stuff in it, after Halloween.

· Halloween Bad Girl
1,026 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
The crackle finish never worked for me. Maybe it was due to the plywood not being smooth... All though it says on the bottle that it works best on all surfaces..

I have another coffin, I am going to work on later in the year, with fogger, lights, etc.... I just need more practice first...

Come on guys the clock is counting down... get those coffins ready..

· Halloween Bad Girl
1,026 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Thanks I wish I could get a close up and show everyone that there is a undercoat of red paint that is showing through.

I wanted to paint the handles to have them to stand out at night. I will be making a 2nd coffin exactly like this design only adding more crown moulding and changing the color.

Just goes to show you that you can build a coffin for less than 50 bucks.
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