Just FYI PIB---be careful super careful... they break easily. I was looking to cover the bulbs in some clear plastic coating or other material that could withstand some heat. And wouldn't give off toxic fumes. Maybe clear modge podge.
Sometimes the best thing to do is not go out. Ah!! who are we kidding. ??Of course WE need more foam and oops paint. You never know when we will paint this huge large scale prop. Just think all the gas we save just buying it all now.
Also some rich cloth in complimentary colors to add to the table, drape over the box or riser that is lifting a piece at higher level. You should arrange it all -try your best - and we can all give you tips. Take pics and post them. Also too- remember, that some of those pics are enhanced that you see so colors pop and people come and buy!!
I like to explore different styles of haunting and discussing it with the fam for the current year. I have gone out of comfort zone after I did iconic halloween styles and cemeteries. I like to try a different twist on classic themes (or at least try ) and come up with new ones. Keeps my brain constantly thinking and redesigning. Whether or not my sketches come to fruition is a whole other issue! Its a lot of fun, its my stress reliever and stress creator all in one. But I enjoy every minute.
Also, lifting things off the ground so they are more at eye level is important too for some props. Having things in various heights def makes the difference. Mind you, I have no experience like the ladies above, but I study the pics well and try to recreate. Also the lighting is extremely impt too. See my pirates album- I have 2 table top decor there that I think you might like. Notice on the rattan chest one, I also added a "broken" flickering candelabra on the ground. Added interest and light...
That would imply you would have garbage lying around and you transform it to other pieces of garbage. But where did you get the initial garbage? Dumpster diving?? uh oh sounds like another help group and another thread!:D