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    Default I need to make artificial dirt/mud

    So, i am making a sign this year to try and advertise my Props and hopefully pick up some extra business (get my hobby working for me instead of me working for it). The sign is basically an unearthed casket being held up out of the ground by two bucky arms. I wanted to put clumps of fake dirt/mud on top of the casket with maybe some fake grass attached to the dirt/mud. I'm not sure if this idea is going to stick or not but i think a lot of it depends on how easy or hard this will be to do.

    if any of you can offer up advice i would appreciate it.
    "...And out of the darkness, the Zombie did call
    True pain and suffering he brought to them all
    Away ran the children to hide in their beds,
    for fear that the devil would chop off their heads..."

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    Three ideas come to mind:

    1. An old wash cloth dyed dark brown with RIT dye and stuffed with newspaper.
    2. Small chunks of foam painted black the dry brushed with lighter shades.
    3. Great Stuff expanding foam painted the same way as #2.

    Hope this helps.
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    I just ended up using real mud on my coffins. The kids had fun smearing mud all over them with their hands.

    Not sure how coffee grounds might work. I've thought of taking chicken wire covered with burlap & monster mud then glue coffee grounds to the top of it to make a freshly buried grave, but haven't tried it yet, but might be an idea.

    Found this online: Recipe for Fake Dirt

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    I wonder if you could grind up rubber mulch.

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    Mike, I originally thought to go the natural route but then after thinking about how every time i go to pull the sign out from storage more and more dirt will start to come off. Not to mention if it rains a lot like last fall my sign will be giant mess.

    Hmmm?.... I like the ideas given so far. I guess i will jsut have to experiment and see what works best
    "...And out of the darkness, the Zombie did call
    True pain and suffering he brought to them all
    Away ran the children to hide in their beds,
    for fear that the devil would chop off their heads..."

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    I use Great Stuff on all my zombie ground breakers. The trick is to NOT move the can to spread it. Just hold it and let it pile out. Stop spaying, move to the next spot and repeat. I use spray paint (Rustoleum Camoflauge, which is brown) as a base. I then add darker colors. The final step is to add rocks, moss and such for effect.
    Making the world a funnier place, one blucky at a time

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    We used great stuff to anchor a barrell to the floor this year. Painted it to look like toxic waste. You could do the same with the casekt just paint it to look like dirt. It will hold your casket in position too. Position the casket and support it... spray the great stuff.. let set. If you put plastic down first, when your done you will have a portable sign and the great stuff will hold it in position.
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