Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Homemade Giant Spiders $1 Each
Since today's my day off and each time I have a Wednesday off from now until Halloween, I'm making props for the party each Wednesday. Today, I figured I'd work on two things. One: Spiders. Two: Gigantic scarecrow
The scarecrow will be on about an 8' tall cross with about a 6' long cross section. It'll be wearing a black dirty tattered monk's robe with long sleeves and a hood and the face will be a gunnysack design with rope around the neck and stitched closed mouth and eyes. He'll be up tall on the cross and oversized to intimidate when people first arrive into the backyard. I hope to attach a few fake crows to him. The silhouette should be intimidating and I understand Halloween is just 2 days from a full moon, so this should be very impressive.
Today, I'm making his robes--tearing and beating the fabric and dirtying it up to make it look ancient (fun). I hope to put him up early so weather can force him to age even more, the sun bleaching the fabric, some rare rain making it look crinkled and dirty.
Around him, there will be stick tripods tied together and where the sticks meet, a Jack-O-Lantern inserted into the space. These tripods will be of varying heights around the entry yard in front of the scarecrow. I will add a bunch of black crows all around and a few wooden grave marker crosses. I think the idea is very bleak and will give the Halloween Post-apocalyptic graveyard theme going for the entry.
Past there, the pool area will be something else and the main garden something very grave-ish.
This project (above) is the spiders. I made a dozen spiders for $12. Pleased with that. My pool is enclosed tightly with walls covered in vines. I'm putting the large spiders in the vines and with the lights on them it should look eerie, a few headstones along the wall, and then the pool will hopefully have the red lens cap on the light so the water looks like blood.
I took styrofoam balls and painted them black and then took spare styrofoam packing material and carved heads and painted them black, black pipecleaner legs, and I had some gold tacks for the eyes.
SUGGESTIONS APPRECIATED: I haven't decided what to float on the pool yet. I had originally thought of floating white face masks, floating candles, and black roses for a ghostly appearance, but then I started fiddling with the idea of floating bodies made from styrofoam and thrift store clothing, face down. Let me know what your opinion is on a cool pool theme.
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