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Hard ground = no tombstones!

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Hey guys,

I have a dilemma. My yard's dirt is hard, like rock hard, and I can't seem to sink those plastic tombstone sticks that come with the styrofoam tombstones. I have tried metal, but that doesn't work, because I can get it into the ground, but it rips through the styrofoam and isn't sturdy enough.

I have also tried gluing stuff to the back, but the ground is still too hard to hammer something in while it is glued to the tombstone.

Also, I live in California and Oct. is the rainy/windy month.

Any suggestions on how I can keep my graveyard afloat would be much appreciated.

-Jose
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I have the same problem - I have a typical postage-stamp size front yard that isn't visible from the front of the house. I do have a large two-car+ driveway, where I set up the graveyard. I attach 12X12 boards to the base of the 'stones and wooden markers using a 3" metal right-angle mount. The boards are painted black and covered with leaves. I use a lot of leaves, but it gives the illusion of a dry Autumn field. The boards are detachable for easy storage. Here's a pic from last year. There are some other views of the graveyard in my Halloween 2008 album.

 

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BTW Otaku, looked through your current projects album and I love the new witch you're working on. Great face. Is that one of the talking Boris' underneath? Also wanted to mention that you make the best use of a driveway that I've seen yet.
Thanks for the kind words, GoS! Much appreciated. Yes, that's a Boris underneath the mache and Paperclay face. I made a second witch to keep her company, and I'll be adding a third one (stirring the cauldron) this year. Here's a short vid of a test file:

MOV06513.flv video by Otaku1031 - Photobucket
 
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