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It's a straightforward question, but I think it has several possible answers. Basically, I'm looking for a way to attach some tombstones to the wall in my short little hallway and am looking for a way to do it without messing the walls up. Also, any ideas on how to get a pair of the skeleton hands to come out of the wall would be appreciated.
 

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I have to laugh, because even with all my planning, about 15 minutes before my halloween party started last year, I went around with my staple gun to fix everything that had fallen down off of the walls before the guests arrived.
 

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Finishing nails and afterwards I take a tube of caulk and fill in the holes (if they are obvious) and I have a small jar of wall paint color that I dab onto that.

If you already have white walls, you probably could get away with just caulk - but my walls are yellow so it would show up if I didn't paint. :rolleyes:

I love not having to worry about stuff falling down. :D It's worth the little extra trouble fixing it afterwards.
 

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I have plaster walls and won't risk nails, I exclusively use 3M hooks and they've been great. I scoop them up at Michael's with my 40% off coupons and stockpile in the "off season".

I recently hung some 3D letters for this year, I found self-stick clear tabs (called EZ hang ups) with a hole to slap on the back, then hung them all on 3M hooks - talked about it on my blog here:
My Craftastic Creations: Here we go!
 

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I have been thinking of the same thing Changed. I would really like to affix a few of those hanging spider cocoons to my bathroom ceiling though. My hubby will be none too impressed if I started putting holes into the ceiling.

Do you think those 3M adhesives would work on a ceiling as well? If not any other gravity-defying suggestions?? :p
 

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Have you tried push pins? (office supply stores, and dollar stores) Around here we can get them in a couple of sizes and they seem to hold well. I use the bigger ones for things that are heavy and the smaller ones for light weight stuff. I haven't had many problems with them not holding and have used them in the ceiling also. The leave such a small hole that you don't even see it, no damage to repair!
 

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I found some sticky putty like stuff in the art store for holding pictures level. A big wad will hold a lot of light to medium weight stuff to the wall. The removable pull tab refills for 3M hooks are good, too.
 

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Nice! I'm not really the type to post unless I have something to contribute - I'll spare you all the life story but I'm another 'crazy' for Halloween type (Been doing the Haunted Halloween house for 6 years now).

The 3M stuff actually works really well - we have family that are interior decorators so have seen the wonder of these slide off first hand. Here is something else we use.

Hooks :: Emovendo Magnets...

They will attach to pretty much any corner (wall or ceiling) in your house.

My two cents on them.....

The hooks are paint safe. Yay! But they are limited as you can't just put them anywhere, but you'd be surprised at how much metal is hiding in your ceiling or on your walls (mainly corners). It's up to you how much you want to hold - the 25 and 50 pound hooks are plenty - you can go more too, and a word of warning.... the 12 pound hooks work all right, but as soon as it's something with more than a couple pounds of weight you can't really even brush up against it with out dislodging it. (The 12 pound hooks work great for cocoons and spiders from the ceiling ^_^ - you want the 25 or 50 for your dummies / props)


Enjoy ^_^
 

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Welcome to the forum Taxial. :)

Those hooks look like a great idea. I'm glad to hear the 3M work well, that is what we were thinking of using here.

Aack, so many ideas going through my head and so little time!!! :eek:
 

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HELLLLLLLLP!
I've been fighting all night with hanging black out plastic (like scene setters) and nothing is working. I've done 3M strips, packaging tape, and painters tape - nothing sticks to the plastic.

To complicate matters, I'm attaching it to the lightweight metal grid of our floating ceiling - the panels are a really hard textured material, so I can't pin into or tape onto them, and they're fragile & annoying so I can't remove them and just set the plastic above the grid.

Anyone have similar experience, and have you come up with a solution?
 

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The only nails I use now are those really thin nails that come with those small angular hanger things for hanging paintings. The nails barely make any mark since they're so thin. Home Depot sells them. The cover on the packaging says it's what museums use.
 

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I second (thrid, fourth??) the use of 3M strips, hooks, etc, they work great. I have used them in the past to put up spider webbing on the front of the house and to hang things from the front porch ceiling and walls.


Any ideas on how to attach a scene setter to a fence, duct tape isn't working.

I would suggest using the velcro strips, that way you can take it down later and re-use it without having to worry about sticky ends. Just make sure to clean the fence before trying to attach the velcro piece. You might need to put a piece every few feet.

If they aren't working for you, maybe you could roll the top over a piece of string or rope, secure this and then just hang the ends over the fence posts? I guess it would depend on what the scene looks like, and how long each section is.


HELLLLLLLLP!
I've been fighting all night with hanging black out plastic (like scene setters) and nothing is working. I've done 3M strips, packaging tape, and painters tape - nothing sticks to the plastic.

To complicate matters, I'm attaching it to the lightweight metal grid of our floating ceiling - the panels are a really hard textured material, so I can't pin into or tape onto them, and they're fragile & annoying so I can't remove them and just set the plastic above the grid.

Anyone have similar experience, and have you come up with a solution?


Did you try cleaning the plastic and the grid first? That might help.
Are you rubbing/applying presure for the full 30 sec or so that they recomend?

I used the 3M sticky tape strips last year and they worked pretty well, especially considering that I was using them on a textured surface. What size strip are you using? I used the biggest strips they had. I tried the smaller sizes in a few places and they just couldn't hold the weight. Also, the bigger pieces stood a better chance of gripping on to something since I was trying to stick to something with a popcorn ceiling type texture.

Good Luck!

If anyone is looking for deals on the 3M strips, hangers, etc. I found the small hangers, velcro strips, and two different size square foam tape tabs all on clearance at Walgreeens. The manager told me they are in the process of discontinuing alot of what they currently carry, so there should be more clearance in the coming weeks.

Also, watch out for Target. I was looking for some 3M hangers last year before halloween and the hangers located in the Christmas section (exactly that same as the ones in the regular aisle except for the priting on the packaging) were priced 2-3 times as much.
 
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