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  1. New member intro from Maryland

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    Hello! I'm not exactly a newbie, but have been building haunt decor and stuff for years and years. I have an art degree from back in the 80s and did a lot of foam carving, mask building and such toward the end of the 80s and 90s, followed Steve Hickman's work in the late 90s and built a monster...
  2. Static: Gate Keepers.... 2 Reapers for my front entry gate

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    Added a couple eyeballs in the palm of the hands in one of the two Reapers Well.....nothing like having a heart attack so I could take time out for a big Halloween project ;) I've used a Gemmi blowup Reaper at my front gate for years and have had replacing it in mind for quite some time...
  3. Prop Showcase: Finished my witch heads

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    I finally finished my 3 witch heads and their hands. I made the heads using a styrofoam wig head and paper mached the faces. I then sealed them with Dryloc, then painted them with exterior latex paint, then went over them with a walnut stain and then sealed them again with a spar urethane. I...
  4. Other: What's the best water proof sealant for paper mache?

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    This was my first paper mache build a few years ago, unfortunately, the water proofing sealant I used didn't work very well. Both arms are tearing and he is also tearing at the elbows, ankles and fingers. I am working on re-doing him, but I'm not sure what sealant actually works the best to keep...
  5. Prop Showcase: Rattlesnake Swamp Monster

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    Heres my latest project. Built from PVC frame then Spray foam (no chicken wire) paper mache then paint to match the mask and have green LED eyes. Should go good to match my sewer monster. Does anyone know of a good way to protect your paper mache from rain? On some of my stuff I have used...
  6. Other: Question about what kind of sealer to use.

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    I apologize if this question has been asked before. Anyways I am making a large paper mache cauldron as well as making the heads and hands of my witches out of paper mache and I will be making another spider also out of paper mache. So how do I seal them to make them waterproof? I was thinking...
  7. Prop Showcase: Zombie Head DIY

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    This is my second one that I have ever made and oh my gosh I am amazed! I hope you enjoy! Video shows lifecycle of my zombie project. I am currently working on the body. Body so far has free standing legs.
  8. Prop Showcase: Mud monster

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    This project took many weeks to complete. My inspiration was found on the web with no "how to", but I believe mine came out awesome and has just what I wanted! I also added a red light that pulsates like a heart beat in the open rib area! The video shows some of the steps; the flash added...
  9. Static: Spider Pumpkin

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    I only made one pumpkin this year.
  10. Pokemon GO Theme

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    Hello all. Longtime member but infrequent poster here. There are a lot of little children in my neighborhood. For that reason this year I have decided to go whimsical and not scary. Given that this past summer there has been a pretty big craze with the Pokemon GO mobile game, I have decided to...
  11. Other: Places to get excess old newspapers

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    Hey everyone, Need ideas on where I can find cheap old newspapers. Going to be doing some paper mache and am at a loss on where I can find this stuff. Thanks!
  12. Papercraft Papermache pumpkin

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    Hi everyone. I've been making a paper mache pumpkin. Now got to the face carving stage and I've noticed I have a bit of green mold in a couple of layers! I don't know if this is because it's the bottom of my pumpkin where lots of layers overlap. I used the same recipe as stalloween. Not sure...
  13. Time to get back to work!

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    As some of you may know, I cancelled my Halloween plans and took some time off to care for my grandmother who was diagnosed with throat cancer in February. Sadly my grandmother lost her battle on June 19. :( So as cheap therapy, I decided it was time to go back to work not only in our small...
  14. Grey Alien

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    I'm planning to do several "grey" type aliens for my yard next year, inspired by a thread here from a few years ago. The first one is underway. The basis of the head is a paper mached balloon. There's about 7 layers of paper mache strip I formed the basic shape of the eyes and nose with...
  15. How to Make a MONSTER! My Frankenstein's Monster Inspired Candy Dispenser. PT. 1

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    It’s Alive! A monster begins. My friend Frank started like many versions of the good doctor Frankenstein’s infamous experiments often do; with a curiosity. One that was too intriguing to ignore. The Build: Frank’s torso began with a few scrap pieces of 1”X 6” cedar fencing boards rough cut to...
  16. Static: Frankenstein's Monster Inspired Candy Dispener and Static Prop

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    I wanted to share a few pics of this years Halloween display. His head is a candy dispenser. You load the hopper, turn his bolt and the candy slides down his tongue and rests in his jaw for the TOT's to collect. I will take some pics and hopefully some video when he's in full action mode on...
  17. Prop Showcase: Groundbreaker army, 13 new freinds

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    Here are the groundbreakers that I have managed to make this year.
  18. Static: Mini pumpkinrot sentinel

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    I've wanted to make a pumpkinrot sentinel for awhile but never got around to it. I had a few of those foam pumpkins from the Dollar Tree and decided to try my hand at a scaled down version. I think it'll be about 4 feet tall when finished. Here is that start, its head. I tried for a bit of a...
  19. Static: My new cauldron

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    I decided that I need a few cauldrons this year and decided to make them. Here is the first. I based it off an old pot I remember my grandmother having. It had belonged to her grandmother and was cracked from use, the rim hammered and distorted for a number of repairs. I took a large...
  20. Best way to attach a witch's hat...

    I've made a witch hat using a plain paper mache craft hat (photos attached--iPhone3 in pic for scale); it's smaller than a full size hat and larger than a fascinator. Consequently, it is somewhat heavy. I'm looking for ideas for a way to attach it so that it doesn't fall off. It will be perched...