Bought my Coffin!

As a countdown to my 50th birthday I wrote a list of 50 things to do in my 50th year and #25 was Buy My Coffin. Yesterday it arrived, a plain brown cardboard coffin ready to decorate to my heart’s content. Now I’m not going anywhere anytime soon (I hope) I am just a control freak and want to be in control to the very end :slight_smile:

This is where you guys come in…I need ideas and LOTS of them on how to decorate a 6ft cardboard box inside and out before I carefully store it in the loft for the next 50 years :wink:

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Oh my goodness! I’m not sure if I’d like to do that myself!.. Although I’m not very good at being serious so I think if I did decorate one for myself, I’d be tempted to add something to make people laugh :laughing:

What interests do you have that you could incorporate?

Totally open to suggestions! I like chocolate, dogs, creating but yes a little laughter would be great.

Somebody said “return to sender” on the outside :joy:

There’s lots of space to fill…

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:rofl: You see, that is my sense of humour too!

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Not sure if I’m allowed to vinyl it so I may have to make some stencils!

Your name using a black-letter/gothic font, motivational/funny quotes, a giant piece of chocolate, something along the line of “Warning: Do not open till Christmas or open at own risk”, can write your own eulogy on the top.

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Absolutely love “open at your own risk” :joy::joy::joy:

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I didn’t even know this was an option! :laughing: :laughing: But it’s great! I would totally decorate mine with a ton of glitter!!!

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Every box I’ve ever owned has become a junk box, I fear a coffin would just become another. I love the glitter option.I’m sure you have many many years to think of some ideas.

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I like the idea of leaving a glitter trail :joy:

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That’s what my daughter said “you can store things in it” - I’m trying to make things easier for her by not doing that :rofl:
I hope I have many years but while I’ve got plenty of time on my hands…

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I had no idea you could buy a cardboard coffin! Decorating your own would make for quite the conversation at your wake :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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What country are you from? I don’t know that it is something we do here in the USA. Is it just for cremation? I sincerely hope you live a good long life! Perhaps you could paint the top to look like the chocolate bar squares, and put something different in each square representing your favorite things, making it look embossed like a Hershey bar. Good luck! :shamrock:

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Hi @Katherine_S1
Welcome to the community!! :smiley:
If you have any questions, I am happy to help.

Hi Debra,

I bought it online and it can be used for both burial and cremation. I want to stamp my mark on my own funeral and make people laugh when the time comes :wink:

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I know they have natural cemeteries in Europe, I don’t know if they have them in the US yet. But the idea is to impact the Earth as little as possible and not pollute it, even in death. So, no embalming and no decoration that isn’t biodegradable.

Good news for you glitter fans, there is a company that now makes a biodegradable glitter!

My idea would be to paint your arm coming out of the side with maybe a little bit of your cape showing ala Dracula!

Or just finding some appropriate paint and paint a meadow scene of grass and flowers on it.

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You have to check your local laws, but there are many more options for your remains after you die. I love the YouTube channel Ask a Mortician, which basically aims to make death and dying a bit less terrifying and let people know what their options are. It’s educational, interesting, and pretty funny at times. :grin:

I love the idea of decorating my own coffin, but I’ve decided I want to donate my remains to science after I die (and after everything that can be donated to people who can use the bits). I like the idea of being able to help others live and learn.

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I instantly want to cover it in tattoo/day of the dead art on one hand and on the other I want to paint it and add 3D details to make it look like a real wood coffin.

Inside I’d list my favourite things and where to find my will as well as what if anything I am taking with me :wink:

I think favorite quotes would be sweet.

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@cheekymole So interesting and something I would have never given any thought to, but I really love the idea of this! If I were to do this I would definitely be using tons of glitter!