Picture of Dying to Get Out Coffin Box

Dying to Get Out Coffin Box

You’ll be dying to decorate this fun Halloween-themed box that features a not-so-scary skeleton that’s “dying” to get out! 

  1. Wipe box and lid with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Brush three coats Neon Orange to sides and bottom of box. Let dry.
  3. Brush three coats Neon Orange to top of box painting around the skeletal hands and around inverted hole with skull. Let dry.
  4. Brush three coats Black to inside box and inside coffin lid. Let dry.
  5. Draw “RIP” to coffin lid approximately an inch before the hole with skull.
  6. Paint letters with two coats Black. Let dry.
  7. Using Liner brush, paint in skeleton’s eyes, nose and mouth.
  8. On side of coffin, paint Black round for spider’s body.
  9. Use French Dimensions Licorice and squeeze out lines for legs and make spider web on reverse side of coffin. Let dry.
  10. Outline RIP with French Dimensions Licorice and make design around skeleton.  Let dry.
  11. If desired, dilute Black to a light gray, and make lines between fingers using Liner brush. Let dry.
  12. Lightly brush Pure Brilliance on skeleton’s bisque face and fingers. Let dry and repeat.  If desired, brush a light coat of same on coffin box and lid. 
  13. Stilt both pieces in kiln and fire to cone 06.
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Posted by Suzie Shinseki

Suzie works as a Senior Designer at iLoveToCreate®. She has been involved with art since childhood, and her passion has continued throughout her life. She honed her natural talents by attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco on scholarship, art classes at San Jose City College. She works with various media and substrates. You can find her masterpieces on painted signs, murals, people and animal portraiture, mold design, sculptures, ceramic projects and fabric paint designs. Her commercial endeavors include children’s coloring books, illustrative designs for bags, brochures and cards. Her exceptional illustration skills have brought her many jobs as a fashion illustrator for designers in Hong Kong and Hawaii.

What you need:


  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Pencil