The unmarked grave of a loved one can become lost to future generations. However, having tombstone or a grave marker made for the grave is an expense that some families cannot afford. Less-expensive solutions are available for marking a loved one's final resting place; one solution is for a family to make their own marker for their deceased family member's unmarked grave.
Use a table saw to cut the 2x4 into two 21" sections and two 16" sections. These sections will provide the border of the frame for casting the headstone.
Use a hammer and nails to join the previously cut sections together to form a rectangle.
Place the rectangular frame on top of the plywood; the plywood will form the bottom of the mold for the casting. Drive one nail diagonally through the frame into the plywood on each side of the frame to hold the mold in place.
.Mix the 80 pounds of mortar mix and water together in wheelbarrow to make cement. Sakrete, a producer of mortar mix, recommends 5 liters of water per 80-pound bag of mortar mix.
Shovel the mixed cement into the mold. The cement should fill the mold to the top.
Use the trowel to smooth and level the cement mix.
Use the hammer to hit all four inside of the edges of the mold to cause the cement to settle. Doing this ensures that the cement settles in the corners and the bottom edges.
Use the trowel to re-level the cement.
Use a string to line up the placement of stamp letters. Using a string will help to place the letters in a straight line.
Place the stamp letters into the cement to make an indentation of the deceased's information. After making the indentations, remove the letters and wash them as soon as possible to preserve them for future use.
Remove the frame from around the grave marker after two days. After you remove the frame, stand the marker on its side for two more days to allow moisture from the back to evaporate.