Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OPEN CASKET BUFFET

Open Casket Buffet @northmanspartyvamps.com

Serve up your feast in perfect wake form -- inside a coffin. To raise the coffin to serving height, we created a platform table from lightweight garden center urns on plywood pedestals. Topped with a sheet of wood, the eerie ensemble gets a spray coat of black granite paint. Follow our step-by-step instructions for the creepy crypt, which is lined with black felt and eerily adorned with nailhead trim.

What You'll Need
Pencil, tape measure, and straightedge
Two 4x8-foot sheets of 1/2-inch plywood
Circular saw
8 yards of black felt
Rotary cutting tool
Hammer
Wood cleats
Finish nails
Glue (we used Sobo)
Staple gun
1/2-inch staples
Scissors
2 rolls of nickel nailhead trim
Acrylic crafts paint: black
Paper plate or paper towel
Stencil brush


How to Make It
Download the free coffin diagram and RIP trim diagram
Using a pencil, tape measure, and straightedge, measure and mark all pieces for the coffin on the plywood sheets. Cut out with the circular saw.
Lay the bottom piece of the coffin on the black felt, and using a rotary cutting tool, cut the felt along the outline of the bottom. Cut out the shape and set aside.
To assemble the coffin, nail wood cleats to the inner sides of the coffin at the height you want the coffin bottom to rest. Glue the side panels at the corners and secure with nails. Insert the bottom piece on top of the cleats and secure with glue and nails.
Roll the remainder of the felt yardage along the sides of the coffin. Starting at a corner and smoothing with your hands as you go, staple the felt to the inside bottom edges of the coffin and the outside underneath. Cut off excess from the bottom and inside with scissors.
Take the bottom felt shape and lay it in the coffin, turning the raw edges under to fit snugly against the coffin sides and hide the staples. Glue the felt to the inside bottom. Attach nailhead trim with nails and hammer along the top and bottom outside edges of the coffin. Add a vertical strip of trim about 1-1/2 inches from both sides of each corner.
Using the downloaded diagram as a pattern, lay out nailhead trim over the letters in double rows. Transfer your design to the coffin side; nail in place.
Squirt a small dot of black crafts paint onto a paper plate or paper towel. Dab a dry stencil brush into the paint and brush the excess onto the plate. Stipple black paint onto nailhead trim for an aged patina. Wipe off excess; let dry.



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