How to Make a Replica of the Ten Commandements on Fake Stone Tablets

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Many of us have seen that signature scene in the film,"The Ten Commandments" when Moses brings down the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments written by the hand of God. This scene, taken from the biblical narrative in the Book of Exodus, is one of the most well-known scenes from the Old Testament. To make your own replica, whether it be for a film, play or a personal display, simply follow the easy-to-use instructions listed below.

Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam sheets
  • Heated wire cutter or hobby saw
  • Stencils
  • Wood-burning tool
  • Light grey acrylic hobby paint
  • Dark grey or black acrylic hobby paint
  • Paint brush
  • Draw the stone tablet shape on the poster board. The dimensions are entirely dependent on the size you wish the tablets to be. The poster board will be used as a template for the final Styrofoam tablets.

  • Cut out the tablet template.

  • Lay the template on the Styrofoam sheet and trace around it with the magic marker. Repeat this step for the second tablet.

  • Use the heated wire cutter or a hobby saw to cut the tablets out of the Styrofoam sheet. Heated wire cutters leave a smooth clean edge and are available at most hobby and craft stores. If you are unable to find one, hobby saws are a good alternative.

  • Paint the both tablets with the light grey hobby paint and set them aside to dry.

  • Place the letter stencil on one of the tablets and, using the marker, write out the first five commandments. Write the other five commandments on the second tablet.

  • Plug the wood-burning tool in and allow it to heat up. Once the tool is heated, trace over each of the letters. The tool melts the Styrofoam, giving it the appearance of engraved stone.

  • Paint over the letters using the dark grey paint. Once you have painted all of the letters, set the tablets aside to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • To give the tablets a more weathered look, you can burn a sheet of paper and rub the ash on the tablets.
  • You can also roll a small chain or similar material over the tablet to add some texture to the surface.

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