|Styrofoam grave"stones" this thin don't necessarily stand up very well. However, Shanna uses snipped sections of wire clothes hangers (white) and metal "T"s (black) as mini-stakes and feet, respectively. I cut up another couple clothes hangers to supplement what she had made already.|
|Nice spacing, but it's a little too manicured and monotonous to look haunted, right?|
|Next I added a shovel because that's almost like saying, "Oh, there's room for more. Just you wait."|
|Being the eco-freak I am, I don't put cuttings on the curb for the garbage man but rather in a pile in a corner of the yard. I drug a few of the limbs out...|
|...and placed them between, behind, and alongside the rows. The pug really sets the scene though.|
|I came across this ax at
helping her move. "Yeah, you can borrow it," she said. The
stump was a freebie I found on Craigslist.
Oh, but we aren't finished yet...
|See, if you've got an ax to
need to surround the chopping block with severed heads. These
in Shanna's collection as well, but I didn't have any idea what else to
do with them.
The one on the stake at one on the left is filled was originally too top-heavy. It was a hollow plastic pole so someone filled it with metal screws to compensate.
|Night mode shot.|
|The aftermath: All packed up. The wind picked up right before a thunderstorm, so I ran out and gathered up the gravestones and bones before it poured, only to find this sight when I came back with on the porch with the last of it.|
|He's actually lying on the styrofoam bones. Who knew stupid could be this cute?|
|I didn't do anything different
back yard graveyard this year other than the use the original tombstones
back here since the saucer crashed in the
yard. We also placed a ghoul in the tree, but that was about it.
One plan was to have blacklights out here, but the effect was too weak. I will have to experiment with blacklight spotlights, but the effect was too diffuse with even a bank of two T8 bulbs.
|Bender's friend (Gilly, I think he said) had fun hanging out with the skeletons. They didn't steal his beer or try to bum any smokes.|
|I forgot to light the tiki
it was nice having them set up in case the skeletons got cold.
I never came up with anything imaginative to do with the coffin, so I just set it out as part of the graveyard.
|These guys were awesome.
find them for $50 at the beginning of the season, but not close to
They're all bought up by then. Hinged joints, so they're very
pose-able (with support). Made pretty solidly.
You can't go wrong.
True story: I bought two of them at the beginning of August almost as soon as I saw them. Why two? Because I was worried that I might think I'd need another and didn't want them to run out. Then I got home and thought to myself, "What am I going to do with only two skeletons?" So I went back and bought a third!