Nightmare on Bayshore Crypt Cemetery Columns

There are numerous tutorials on how to make cemetery fence so it stands to reason that there would be multiple tutorials on how to make cemetery columns, and Camsauce from HalloweenForum has a highly detailed tutorial on how to easily build some really realistic looking columns.


These columns are solidly built around a 2 x 2″ lumber and OSB / Plywood base.  The joint compound is spread around the entire structure to create the stone facade, which is easy to do and looks great.  Once you’ve got your joint compound spread you’re ready to black wash the columns to suit your taste.  It’s really that simple, and the finished product couldn’t look any more realistic without a trowel!


Camsauce’s tutorial includes some optional skeletal sconces, which seem like a lot of extra work, but judging from the photo below are well worth the time and effort.


Items needed to complete this include:

  • 2 x 2″ (approx 85′)
  • 2 x 4 (approx 16′)
  • 2 x 6 (approx 14′)
  • 5 sheets 4 x 8′ OSB board (or plywood)
  • 2 sheets 2″ Styrofoam insulation
  • 2 gallons joint compound
  • Exterior primer
  • Acylic paints to black wash


Optional items:

  • Moss
  • Skeletons
  • Candles