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How to Make a Small Crypt for Halloween

You will need:
2 boxes.

(1 rectangular, 2x4 is perfect. The second box should be roughly the same size or just a bit smaller.

Duct tape

Gray paint

Yarn

Black magic marker

Box cutter or knife

Start by closing and taping both boxes shut. Next, draw an opening on the long, smoothest side of the smaller box. The shape should be a rectangle that comes out two inches and goes up 3/4 of the box. It should then go up into a triangle. Use your knife to cut this out of the top layer of the box only, creating a crypt shaped alcove.

Cut slits in the sides of this box, making them even and then make another slit five inches from the bottom. Trim some of the garbage pieces from the cut out, forming two shelves. One of these you slide through one side and out the other, then tape down to each side. The third will come through the back and should be folded down and taped tightly.

Go around the frame with tape, tightening up weak points. From garbage pieces, cut two, 7x1 inch rectangles. Use the yarn to tie these together to form the cross. Put a small slit in the very top and slide the cross through. Tape heavily in place.

Tape this box to the other one, leaving the longer box laying flat. Attach the crypt to the back of the base, creating a coffin shape. Use the black marker on the very front base, at the the bottom, to place a name, such as:

I. P. Freely or

Cris Cross.

Use the shelves in the crypt to enhance your display. Use pictures, personal items, or what ever relates to your theme. Put these items in after spray painting the entire thing gray. Use a light coat on the cross the first time and let it all dry overnight before applying a second coat. Cardboard will stiffen after painting and last longer in the elements.

For added effect, use Christmas lights through the back of the crypt to light it up. Drape a fake web over the entire thing and place a few dead flowers on the coffin area. Very realistic.