Wood Coffin Halloween Decor Project

Wood Coffin Halloween Decor Project

I love decorating for Halloween! And this time of year, craft stores have so many things that you can customize to match your decor. I’m going to show you step by step how I created this Wood Coffin Halloween Decor Project! This is a great stash-buster project, so feel free to substitute what I used for what you have on hand. Let’s get started!


Wood Coffin Halloween Decor Project


  • Wood coffin tray. Easily found at craft stores.
  • Glitter paper.
  • Scrapbook paper with images you like.
  • Washi tape.
  • Black paint.
  • Mod podge.
  • Paint brush.
  • Foam brush.
  • Craft knife.
  • Scissors.
  • Cutting mat.
  • Pencil.

Start by painting the wood coffin entire black and letting it dry completely. Then flip your glitter paper upside down, and trace around the coffin on the paper.

The inside measurement of the tray is smaller than the outside, so you’ll need to draw lines that are inside your first lines by how wide the edge of the tray is. In this case, I drew lines that were 1/4 inch inside the original lines. Then I cut along those lines. Set your paper inside the tray, and trim if necessary until it fits without bending. Then take your mod podge and paint a thin layer on mod podge on the bottom of the tray, and a thin layer on the back of your glitter paper. Then set the paper inside the tray and smooth it down, pressing out any bubbles. Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Take the paper with the decorative image you want to use, and set it on a cutting mat. This technique we’re going to use is called “fussy-cutting” and it’s used primarily in quilting and decoupaging. Take your craft knife and carefully cut out your image. Take your time with this, and please be careful with the craft knife. Next, figure out where you want your image to sit.

Take some mod podge, and paint a thin layer on the back of your image. Then gently set it where you want it to be, and smooth it down, pressing out any air bubbles. Keep an eye on it while it dries, pressing down any areas that might pop up. Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Now take your washi tape and wrap it around the outside of the coffin tray. If your tape is standard sized, you might need two rows like I did. Then, go ahead and paint a thin top coat of dodge podge over the inside of the tray. Let it dry for about 30 minutes.

And you’re all done! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this Wood Coffin Halloween Decor Project with me!

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