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8 DIY Pet Grave Markers & Memorial Stones (with Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

Some of the closest bonds we form in life are those with our pets. Unfortunately, unlike humans, most pet animals have shorter lifespans, with most averaging a lifespan of 8-13 years. If you are lucky, your beloved pet can reach the ripe old age of 20 years, which is also a short lifespan in the grand scheme of things.

As a result, most people are usually at a loss when it comes to dealing with the demise of their pet. It just feels too soon. Memorializing your pet is a great way of dealing with your loss. It helps you to convert that grief into an appreciation for the time spent together.

While you can purchase memorial stones and grave markers at the store, we are of the opinion that designing them yourself is one of the best ways of showing how much your pet meant to you. The following are 5 simple DIY ideas for pet grave markers and memorial stones.


8 DIY Pet Grave Markers & Memorial Stones

1. Mosaic in Concrete

This memorial stone does not take a lot of skill and material to make. All you require is a bag of concrete and a small concrete mold, both of which you can get at your local hardware store.

Mix the concrete, fill the mold, and allow it to set. Before it dries completely, use a stick to indent your pet’s name into the setting concrete. Once it dries up, that indentation will last forever. You can make your stone unique by setting pieces of colored beads and glass to create a mosaic. Choose beads that feature your pet’s favorite color. You can also get creative and make your pet’s favorite shapes on the concrete.

2. Painting on River Rocks

River rocks tend to have naturally smooth surfaces because they are in a constant collision against one another as the river carries them. The smooth surfaces of these rocks make them a great canvas for painting. This is why river rocks make good memorial stones.

Therefore, if there is a river near you, go look for some smooth rocks. If you cannot find any or if there is not a river nearby, consider ordering a rock painting kit.

Paint something that rekindles fond memories of your pet. You can also get creative and use several rocks to make a mini rock garden. We recommend this DIY pet memorial project to kids, as it will allow them to process their grief through artistic expression.

3. LED Pet Memorial Plaque

This elegant memorial plaque might not be for beginner DIY-ers to make, as it requires considerable skill to pull off. However, if you are up for the challenge, you might just get it right. Nonetheless, it will take a while.

To make this LED memorial plaque, you need 2 pieces of flat wood board, a wooden base, Perspex, a circuit vinyl cutter, LED light, and a few other materials. Use this easy-to-follow tutorial to make this amazing LED pet memorial plaque.

4. Pet Tombstone

Tombstones remain the most popular type of grave marker among humans, thanks to their durability. Therefore, if you are looking for a durable grave marker for your fallen pet, consider making them a tombstone.

In addition to their durability, tombstones are simple and inexpensive to make. Here is a detailed instructional on how to make a pet tombstone.

5. Wooden Cross Grave Marker

How about a wooden cross to mark your pet’s grave? The great thing about crosses is how easy they are to make. Here is how to go about it. Consider getting creative with the engravings.

6. DIY Stone Pet Grave Marker

The biggest issue with standard grave markers is their short lifespan, as most are susceptible to degradation by the elements. Therefore, if you want something long-lasting, it would be a good idea to use stone.

In this particular case, you can put the artistic part of your brain into good use to carve out your pet’s name in setting cement and then add some flare. Pulling this project off is not as difficult as it looks or sounds. Here is a detailed guide on how to make this grave marker.

7. Plant a Tree as a Grave Marker

Think about it; is there a better grave marker than a stationary, but living thing? In our book, a tree is the ultimate grave marker. It not only reminds you of where you put your friend to rest but also allows you the opportunity to channel your deceased pet’s chakra into another living being. It is the ultimate form of balance in the universe.

8. DIY Pet Urn

If you prefer cremation to burying, then a DIY pet urn project would be a good fit for you. Fortunately, this project does not require next-level woodworking skills. Simply follow these steps, and you will be good.



Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Losing a pet is akin to losing a dear friend. This is why it hurts so much when they leave us.

DIY projects are great avenues for dealing with that loss. You are forced to reminisce about all the times spent with your pet, allowing you to process the loss and be grateful for the companionship.

If you are not a professional, take it easy on yourself and work at your own pace. Fortunately, the grave markers and memorial stones in this article are some of the easiest to make.

Featured Image Credit: jeep5d, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.