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Mummy Dearest
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the GIANT HAT. We've been loving (cough, coveting) this Giant Witch Hat Arbor from Yankee Siege below.

Pumpkin Winter squash Calabaza Cucurbita Plant



SO, we made our own version. Not the same material. But, still fun. It's 10 feet wide and 10 feet tall. We used the trimmings from our birch trees and The Eighth Plague welded a frame. We still have some finishing touches, but I'm pretty darn happy. Everybody is driving by slow and neighbors are stopping by to talk. Gotta love Halloween. We'll post more pictures when we actually decorate outside, but we had to share our big, ol' hat with you now.

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Mummy Dearest
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That's amazing. But I wonder how your hands and arms are after dealing with so many branches and twigs. Love it!
Lol. Not too shabby. I actually put the hat together on the ground, and then we raised it. Now, that was a chore and required a few extra men to help out.

We had wind storms yesterday and it held up nicely, so I think I'm all clear for Halloween. Still too much to do.
 

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Will you break it down completely to store it? I can't imagine where I'd put it in the off season.
 

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Thanks everybody, this truly was an enormous undertaking. I just welded up the frame out of 3/8" rebar from Home Depot and some chunks of a swingset I had gotten off of Craig's List and some other odds and ends. My wife did the difficult and artistic part of weaving all the branches through the armature. It turned out great, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished. If anybody is contemplating something like this, I have three little words of advice for you: "Start in July."

The frame comes apart into two pieces, but it is still 10 feet across and 10 feet tall, so storing will be . . . well . . . interesting.

I have one question though, "What is the off season?" :eek:
 

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Will you break it down completely to store it? I can't imagine where I'd put it in the off season.

I joked about putting it on top of our pergola since it's just he metal frame with no tent anymore. ;) And, we talked about putting it on top of our dog house. Basically, we have no idea.

My husband welded it so the center cone is removable from the outer ring. That might help with storage.

Honestly, I have no idea. We also joked about turning it on its side for Thanksgiving and making it a cornucopia.


 
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