Few of us have the luxury of owning our own personal graveyard. But now, thanks to Portland, OR-based company JPants, we can all have a tiny private cemetery wherever we want one. The Miniature Graveyard Kit is a limited-edition, tiny cemetery comprised of ten handmade tombstones, each a different size and style. It’s perfectly pocket-sized memento mori for home or office alike.
Each itty-bitty headstone is cast in poly resin from exquisitely detailed polymer clay sculptures, hand-carved by artist Jason Watkins. They’re all hand-painted, which means no two tiny tombstones are exactly alike. Some feature matte varnish to appear as though they’re weathered stone, others look like glossy marble, and some are painted or glazed to look like they’re made of rough rocks.
Each tombstone is also carefully sealed with waterproof varnish which means they’re safe to use outdoors or in a terrarium. If additionally treated with an acrylic-based varnish they’re also safe for use with live fish, which means even your aquarium can feature its own underwater graveyard. But don’t worry, that shouldn’t creep out your fish at all, because none of these tombstones are shaped anything like a toilet.
Set up a mini graveyard in your cubicle or on the dashboard of your car. Place a couple tombstones in the soil with a houseplant in remembrance of previous plants that are no more. It goes without saying that tiny tombstones would look great on a cupcake, but what about making breakfast in bed for your sweetheart? With the help of a little maple syrup or, even better, red strawberry jam, a stack of pancakes becomes a truly macabre meal. For a morbid variation on fairy doors, set up a few headstones at the bottom of a tree in a nearby park to create a creepy local mystery. Or just leave one with your tip at a restaurant.