How to Add Tiny LED Lights to a Paper Grave Stone

by Teri Montes Calia

Using some awesome supplies from I decorated this paper mache box with a glowing red eyed creepy black widow on a grave stone. It was super easy to do so why not give it a go :)


  • Cemetery Tombstone Silhouettes Collage Sheet
  • Red Demon Eyes - LED lights - Tiny
  • Haunted Hollow Wrought Iron Fence Scrapbook Paper
  • Mini Chipboard Gothic Fence
  • Round Paper Mache Box - 4 inch
  • Black & White Striped 20mm Resin Beads
  • Sheet Moss
  • Baroque Dresden Borders - Black
  • Acrylic Black Sitting Cat Cut-Outs
  • Small Plastic Skeleton
  • Antique Brass Spider Web
  • Pewter Spider Charm
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun
  • Craft Knife
  • Narrow Blank Matchboxes
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut out the image you want to use. Color parts of the image and ink the edges if you want to do that. Using an awl or other pointed tool poke holes through the paper where you want the lights.

    Step 2

    Using the inside of one of the matchboxes, trace around the bottom of the matchbox where you want the grave stone to go on the paper mache box.

    Step 3

    Cut that piece out with a sharp craft knife.

    Step 4

    Test to see if the matchbox fits in the hole.

    Step 5

    Test to see if the eye holes on the grave stone image will be inside the matchbox and that you will still have some of the matchbox to stick in the hole.

    Step 6

    Turn on the LEDs and arrange the wires so they aren't tangled.

    Step 7

    Test the LEDs in the eye holes to see if they fit.

    Step 8

    Check to see if they look the way you want them to.

    Step 9

    Cover the paper mache box with paper where you want it. Ink the box edges if desired.

    Step 10

    Thread the LEDs through the hole in the box as shown.

    Step 11

    Thread the LEDs through the eye holes and then hot glue them down.

    Step 12

    Hot glue the matchbox over the LED wires as shown.

    Step 13

    It should look similar to this.

    Step 14

    Push the wires back through the hole in the paper mache box then glue your grave stone to the box. There should be a small bit of the matchbox sticking down through the hole in the paper mache box.

    Step 15

    Arrange the LED wires and parts so that the lid can still go on the box and hot glue them down. (You can see the small bit of matchbox sticking through the hole in this photo.)

    Step 16

    Now you have a nice grave stone without wires showing down the back. You can paint the back of the grave stone grey or black if you don't want the white to show.

    Step 17

    Ta Da! Now you can decorate your grave any way you want to! I used sheet moss to cover the top and added a cute skeleton...

    Step 18

    Here's a front view of the finished box without the LEDs turned on.

    Step 19

    Looks so awesome with the LEDs turned on! Thanks for taking the time to view my Snapguide! I hope I have inspired you to make your own box :)