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How to Make Ananias and Sapphira Headstones

on November 8, 2012

This Sunday’s children’s church lesson will be on the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11).  We will be traveling around the room to three different stations: Ananias and Sapphira’s house, the apostles’ meeting place, and the graveyard.  A little eerie?  Perhaps, but the story itself is a spooky one (See Dan Stevers’ interpretation, for example).  Fortunately, this lesson in our study of the book of Acts falls near Halloween, so I was able to score these Styrofoam headstones for $2 each at the dollar store!

Perfect, right?  Well, almost.  Having the name “Mona DeGroner” and the years “1877-1918” on the headstone isn’t exactly what I wanted, but that was all they had.  I could have just covered the writing up with some construction paper, but I thought that removing the writing altogether would look even better.  I started by using a steel brush to scrape off the top layer of Styrofoam.

It isn’t easy to scrape this stuff with one hand and take a picture with the other, so you get what you get with that one 🙂  The writing came off pretty well, though, by the time I was done.  Be aware, though – this is a messy project!  I spent a couple of minutes vacuuming up afterwards.

Now, here comes the fun part.  The headstone just looks silly like this, so I rounded up some painting supplies to sponge paint over the scraped areas.

You can use whatever kind of paint you would like, but I had washable paint on hand after our VBS projects this summer, so that’s what I used.  I ended up using just a touch of white paint too to make the paint color just a little lighter.

And there you have it!  Not too terrible for a DIY project.  I think I might add a second coat of paint tomorrow just to make the color match even better, but overall I think they look pretty good.  Check back early next week for the full lesson plan on Ananias and Sapphira!

**UPDATED**

I added a second coat of paint and sponged in some white to match the rest of the headstone better.  I like this version even better than the one from yesterday!

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