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Typical Ghoul Next Door
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I found some .25" foam boards covered in paper at the Dollar Tree, and picked up 4 of them. They were around 24 x 18 inches.

I had some scrap styrofoam from another project.

I sat down on Friday night and made this:

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I have the first round of joint compound on it to smooth the edges, and it's getting a coating of my textured paint soon that should hide all of the other edges and make it look like stone. (I use a blend of latex paint and mortar mix - it's sort of a take-off on monster mud).

I didn't follow any plans, just winged it. It stands just under 4 feet tall, which should be perfect for my smaller sized graveyard. I made it all one piece, and will secure it with stakes into the ground (and possible coat hangers bent into a U shape and driven in as spikes).

I'll post an update once it's painted, but I thought this was pretty nifty since I made this for under $6 - 4 for the foamboard and $2 for the glue, compound, caulk and paint (prorated).
 

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It looks great! I really like your triangular molding piece around the base of the spire. I was going to put a small square one around mine but I think I may do what you did. It looks killer. Great job!
 

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It looks great! I really like your triangular molding piece around the base of the spire. I was going to put a small square one around mine but I think I may do what you did. It looks killer. Great job!
That was a happy accident. I felt like the spire was too small meeting up with the lower base, and was originally going to just make a squared off one like all the other spires I've seen, but when I was trying to figure out how much larger to make the trim, I leaned one of th pieces against the spire itself... and it looked really good, so I just cut the pieces to make an angled molding.

I got inspired to work on one of these because of your post about your obelisk, so thanks!
 

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Update!

Here it is almost finished. I have the base coat of paint, and some shading started.

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I had to leave it alone and let it dry because I was going to start screwing up the paint surface. ;) It still needs basic shading at the bottom, and I'm thinking of adding some spanish moss around the base of the spire.
 
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