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I've been kicking around the idea of making my garage an Egyptian tomb this Halloween. We moved in last year, and I've still got 100 or so of the Home Depot small size boxes (that's about two walls worth, floor to ceiling). They are the perfect size to mimic stones in an old tomb. However, I'd need at least another 100 to do it right (which I can probably find in the next 6 months).

I haven't thought it all the way out yet, but I'm thinking I'll want a longish hallway, that leads to a larger room with the scary elements.

Any better ideas for creating stones?

Or if the boxes idea is a good one, any thoughts on how to modify them so they actually look like stones?
 

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Most of the tombs in the valley of the kings were dug into the mountain side. Blocks were only used to seal up doorways then they were plastered over. So the entire thing doesn't have to be block. You can make flats out of Masonite and 2x framing and paint them to look like a tomb. Just be sure to do the ceilings also as most nicer tombs had their ceilings painted also (google "Ramses 6 tomb". Tuts Tomb is small and doable for a garage and there's plenty of reference material online.

I have also wanted to do an Egyptian theme. I would probably do a temple and not a tomb.
 

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Most of the tombs in the valley of the kings were dug into the mountain side. Blocks were only used to seal up doorways then they were plastered over. So the entire thing doesn't have to be block. You can make flats out of Masonite and 2x framing and paint them to look like a tomb. Just be sure to do the ceilings also as most nicer tombs had their ceilings painted also (google "Ramses 6 tomb". Tuts Tomb is small and doable for a garage and there's plenty of reference material online.

I have also wanted to do an Egyptian theme. I would probably do a temple and not a tomb.
That's a great point about not needing to do it all in blocks. I've always imagined stacking blocks in the garage doorway, with some knocked out onto the driveway, to form a hole for entering.

What would you consider the difference between a temple and a tomb? Is the temple more regal and clean?
 

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Have you looked for any scene setter walls that might work? Just a thought.
I was thinking of using some of that for the far recesses, no doubt. Although I haven't seen quite the look I'm going for yet. But in the dark, it might not matter as much.
 

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Don't know if this would be of interest to you but a few of us here on the forum have bought drapery panels from a company called Ambesonne that are sold thru Amazon. They make these printed fabric panels (drapes, and shower curtains which are less expensive) with great Egyptian tomb themes on them. I have plans for an Egyptian tomb robber theme at some point and picked up two of their drapes. Very nice quality and look way better than something I could draw and paint on my own. I think they will make a great backdrop for a few of my scenes.

Here's a few links (showing the less expensive shower curtain versions):

https://www.amazon.com/Ambesonne-Collection-Hieroglyphics-Logographic-Alphabetic/dp/B01ERIDYPI/

https://www.amazon.com/Ambesonne-Depicting-Nefertari-Historical-Accessories/dp/B01IQVILJG/

https://www.amazon.com/Ambesonne-Egyptian-Hieroglyphics-Painting-Accessories/dp/B01M3UWHON/


You'll notice they come in a few different sizes and prices vary by size. The drapery panels cover a wider area, also in several sizes, but do run more. If you want to see more of their products search Amazon for "Ambesonne Egyptian".


As for a surface material to possibly carve grout lines into for panels, I picked up two bundles of Extruded (XPS) fanfold foam insulation (1/4" x 4' x 50') from Lowes a few years back when they were closing out of the Dow brand (ridiculous inexpensive close out price for $5-7 a bundle, couldn't pass up). You get 4ft wide panels and 200ft of coverage. Builders use this attached to framing on the exterior of houses so figured perfect for making lightweight but solid surfaced facade walls. I haven't worked with what I bought yet but will use it for facade surfaces attached to a wooden frame. Not much foam depth to carve into being 1/4" but think it still has good possibilities. There is a 3/8 inch thick version also but not as long in length and with less sq ft coverage if I'm not mistaken. Maybe this could be some relatively inexpensive tomb walls for your use to finish off your stone block area? I plan to mount some to a wooden frame "wall" and staple wallpaper on top of it for a quick "solid" wall for a interior "house" scene. Here's what I found at Menards (good pricing on it, but they aren't located on the west coast):

https://www.menards.com/main/buildi...erlayment-foam-insulation/p-1444450494380.htm

Found it also on HomeDepot's site for more $s, but they do carry it as well. Not finding it available at my local HD right now (Calif, but have seen it in my stores at a different time of year) but did find colder climate Cleveland for example has it in stock now, so hit or miss depending on where you live.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Co...1-Fanfold-Insulation-Sheathing-21UM/100320301

Lowes now has their own branded fanfold insulation but it's priced even higher than HD's Corning product: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kingspan-I...50-ft-Actual-0-25-in-x-4-ft-x-50-ft/999972970

I find the EXTRUDED polystyrene of this Foamular product as opposed to an expanded polystyrene product is cleaner to work with. The Foamular Fanfold will have a plastic film liner on one side but the other side will be unfaced.

Here's the Corning spec sheet on the product: https://hw.menardc.com/main/items/media/OWENS002/Prod_Tech_Spec/FOAMULARFanfoldProductDataSheet.pdf
 

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Thanks, Ghost of Spookie. That's some great information and links.

Now my mind is racing, trying to figure out what best to do. Seems like every time I think it over, I have a new idea on what I want to do.
 

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Thanks, Ghost of Spookie. That's some great information and links.

Now my mind is racing, trying to figure out what best to do. Seems like every time I think it over, I have a new idea on what I want to do.

Yep, this forum can be dangerous LOL. Can't begin to tell you how many members here have inspired me with their ideas that I've ended up working into my themes...many themes that I never planned on too! :)


That said here's a thread SepiaKeys started last year about Ancient Egyptian themed ideas with lots of great things to tempt you with: http://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/148633-egyptian-scene-ideas-links.html Also try doing a site search for Egyptian. It's been a popular theme on the Forum over the years. And please come back and update us on what you are doing.
 

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Well, I'm not sure whether this will help with your question or just give you that much more to think about. This past year we did a crypt mausoleum for our entrance to the haunt made out of the free, yes free, foam blocks you can scrounge from most Tractor Supply stores. they use them for shipping trailers. With 240+ blocks and a lot of great stuff, we made a crypt 13' x 8' x 8' . The blocks are about 18" x 12" x 12". Start collecting them and you could make some really cool stone walls!





At least you have plenty of time !
 
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