Showing posts with label decorating the yard for Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating the yard for Halloween. Show all posts

Monday, October 5, 2015

Man eating plant prop

This plant only eats once a year and is fed by the children that didn't use their manners from last Halloween. As you can see this plant does not go hungry. I don't know if it a man eater anymore than an ill mannered child eater.
I created this man eater out of a balloon and paper mache (see my recipe for paper mache paste here) http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2015/10/haunted-paper-mache-pumpkins.html#.VhKOI_lViko.
So to start this project,  I first covered the base in a few layers of stripping and then took fuller sheets that have been soaked in the paste and folded and manipulated it to form the ridge. 
 The tongue is just the mouth cut out, turned 90 degrees and reattached. The mouth was built up using tinfoil that was rolled into a snake and taped on. Then it was all mached together.


I cut some thin corrugated cardboard in the shape of the leaf and paper mached it into place. Then I added some veins using pasted paper towels that i laid down to add dimension. Wait for everything to dry and paint in whatever colors you wish, For this plant i used greens and burnt siennas for the body of the plant and some burgandy and black for the mouth region.  To finish this man eater  I added in a small skull, some some glue gun teeth and drool.  Seal with an outdoor sealer and your ready to add it to your Halloween display.  I kept his mouth open so that if i wanted to add lighting I could, or if I find I need to weigh it down i'll just add some sand. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Haunted paper mache pumpkins

People are always asking questions about these wonderfully frighting pumpkins so I thought I would share some trade secrets so that you can construct your own. These pumpkins have been to h*ll and back and have the scars to show for it. I was inspired by the pumpkin ideas from the Stolloween site. If you have never checked this site out, go now! He has the most AMAZING pumpkins and Halloween props around. This site also has recipes for paper mache and paper clay.
This is the recipe I use for my paper mache.
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cool water

1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Mix in the cool water with a fork or whisk, adding the water a little at a time to keep it as smooth as possible.
3. Stir the flour mixture into the boiling water.
4. Allow it to boil for two or three minutes.

This can be stored in the fridge for a few days, just stir it up and you are ready to use it again. 
I find this to be the most creamy, non clumping recipe I have ever used.
 
These are the tortured pumpkins I have done over the past few years.




Special features and how they were created:
These hellish pumpkins have been outfitted with an outer dressing of cheesecloth and/or Kleenex over the paper strip layer- for the effect of peeling and wrinkled layers of skin, 
they also have chains binding their - these are formed by cutting lengths of pipe cleaner, forming them into links and attaching them into the paper mache
and I also added embedded drywall screws into their structures - you can use anything, this is just what I had laying around. 
Also if you look really close you will be able to see "foam strip" stitches that have been embedded in one of the skulls of the pumpkin - for these i just cut small strips of fun foam, crossed them and embedded them in the layers of mache. These will not be going anywhere. 
Once you are satisfied with the way your pumpkin looks they are ready for painting. I used a mix of red, light orange and dark orange, then I antiques with black paint.
Wait till dry and seal with outdoor sealer.
To antique an item is to water down the black or brown paint. Apply and rub off. This will settle the dark color into the crevices, highlighting the details.  


Sunday, September 27, 2015

DIY Mausoleum

When you lack a "front door" you have to draw the crowds in some how. So our show stopper this year will be the Mausoleum for the from of the garage. A very quick and effective Halloween project that is sure to be a conversation piece among the neighbors. You will notice that there are 2 empty spots these will be saved for a dead body and an empty spot. 
These super easy faux stone markers are made from 1 inch foil backed insulation sheets. I purposefully used these because they can take spray paint, hot glue and writing. 
From 1 sheet I managed to get 22  9*21 inch blocks which fits perfectly into the "framed" spaces.  Then I lightly sprayed the foil side with black spray paint, this allows a little of the silver to show through, which add dimension. Then I took my oil pencil and added the wording, nothing fancy and not all the same. I did use some stencils for some and free handed others. Using the wax pencil also makes it weather proof alleviating the step of sealing these :) Then I glued 2 magnetic buttons to the back of each block. This makes it very easy set up and take down. 
There you have it Quick and Easy Mausoleum for the dreaded front garage. :) 


















Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Haunt 2014 - Build a Coffin Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. 
“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Only 2 weeks left until Halloween so here are a few more last minute ideas you can use in your Halloween haunt.

Build your own Coffin:
 I built this one using a half sheet of rigid insulation. I didn't really have any measurements to work from. I just took a piece of paper, scaled it to the size of insulation that I had, drew out a quick plan and cut it out. I used duct tape to stick everything together.
Step 2:
I had some leftover red velour fabric from a Freddy Mercury costume from a couple years ago so I cut it to size and used some carpet tape to attach it to the coffin. Carpet tape is a very strong double sided tape that is weather resistant, permanent and won't melt the foam. Then I used a hot solder pen to melt the wood grain patterns into the styrofoam.
I got out the paint in a black, umber, greys and white and just started painting thin washes of color, trying to get the look of aged wood. The skull on top of the coffin is a dollar store foam piece that I thought was perfect for this piece.
I added a few smaller cheap skeletons that I treated with a Kleenex rotting flesh technique. Then I added a few details like a bow tie and cufflinks for the groom and a veil with a beaded tiara for the bride. And we have "till death do us part - coffin project" 



Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Creations

My favorite time of the year.





Halloween is probably more busy around here then Christmas. 8 bins of Halloween vs. 3 of Christmas. ;) Decorating starts the first weekend in Oct and really doesnt stop. I keep telling my husband that it is a good thing I am not allowed to touch anything electrical or our yard would be animated all year long. HAHAHAHA This year we have moved to a much bigger space so that involves "mom" getting a little more creative. :) These are a few grave markers that i made up a few years ago and the life sized "snot rag" mache devil that I am in the process of finishing up. My husband and neighbout have been busy building my mini fences and everyone has been involved in decorating. Still have to put up the lighting, set up the sound effects, web and spiderize, finish the devils arms, carve the pumpkins .. oh my!!!! Id better get on it. LOL
In addition I laso managed to fit in teaching an acrylic one stroke class last weekend. My first one in 6 years and it went off without a hitch. :)