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DIY Trick-or-Treating Wood Coffin

  • October 21, 2015
  • By Sabine

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Halloween is falling on a Saturday this year which means there are going to be tons of fun events, parties and probably more trick-or-treaters than usual. It’s probably a good idea to grab a large bag of candy. I already did.

Speaking of candy, this Halloween, why don’t you give your old candy bucket the season off and introduce a new look to trick-or-treaters with this DIY  coffin candy holder?



Last Halloween, I made this BEWARE sign and several tomb stones from scrap wood. I think the flawed wood adds to extra creepiness.

Halloween Decor from Scrap Wood

Halloween Decor from Scrap Wood

diy tomb stone

           DIY Wood Coffin Tutorial                               

This year I started with two pieces of the same old fence wood. Of course plywood or any other wood would work just fine. I used whatever I had in my stash. Again, I was going for an old ghost town look to match my BEWARE sign. The old, imperfect wood is perfect for that.

hershey halloween

I sketched out how I wanted the coffin to look. I did 6 inches for the three top parts and 12 inches for the long sides. The bottom was 4 inches. I cut out the pieces using my jigsaw. I used scrap wood and screws to hold the two pieces together.

halloween coffin

I finished it off by cutting several pieces of wood to fit each side of the coffin. I also made the top piece which is the same as the bottom piece. Since the wood was a bit rough, I used my sander to smooth it out.

halloween coffin diy

I used wood glue and screws to attach the pieces to each other. No miter cuts, people. Simple, Old West coffin with flawed wood. It’s how I like my Halloween decor.

halloween coffin diy

Once I finished the coffin, I went to Walmart and picked up two large bags of candy. These are perfect for trick or treating or large parties. You really can’t miss the candy at my local Walmart. The minute you walk in, a giant blow up monster “points’ you to the Halloween candy aisle.

halloween coffin diy

How large are these bags? There’s Reese’s, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher, and Kit Kat.  With a total of 355 pieces of candy, I won’t have to worry about running out on candy.

halloween coffin diy

After eating a couple of Kit Kat bars ( I couldn’t help it), I filled the coffin with Hershey’s candy, admired my work, and ….

halloween coffin diy

closed the lid. It’s not Halloween yet!

What’s your favorite candy? Do you prefer chocolate or the fruity kind?

By Sabine, October 21, 2015
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