Adventures in Decorating: Halloween 2013 Final Pics

I’m glad I remembered Halloween was Thursday! ¬†Here are the final set of pics for our lawn and house.

I tried to put where i got things in case you are inspired to do some last minute decorating and shopping.

I’ve enjoyed the house this month, but I’m ready to have a clear house again for a few short weeks before Holiday Decorating.

My camera ( ahem, the photographer struggles as well) can never get good pics of the yard decor at night, so I had a friend who is a great photographer give it a try.

Check her out!

All of the outside shots in this post are hers, she made my yard look great even though her talents are put to much better use on people!


Adventures in Decorating: Halloween 2013 yard during day

We did a sort of cross country racing spiders with ghosts watching this year. The ribbons are supposed to denote teams and give the display some shine and depth during the day. I’m super happy with the white pumpkins and spiders under Fetch. Not so pleased with the wood spider parts sticking out of the other white pumpkin. Something may have to be done with that corner. We have lights for a start and finish line and displays on both sides of the driveway this year. I also used tomatoe cage say stakes to hold up slightly diagonal old still screwed together raised garden bed diver boards. They made cool web light back drops and look old and rustic because they need to be torn apart and thrown away. Yeah repurposing. I also used garden flower stakes to hold up some of the taller fuzzy spiders and to keep them anchored to the ground and in less danger of blowing away. Inside is done minus one banner and putting it all alway. More posts and pics to come

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Happy Halloween, the final end result of yard decor 2012


The Truth about DIY Grave Yard Fencing

DIY Grave Yard Fencing as a Jousting Ring

Oh I know why you’re here, ¬†it’s late August and you think you’re getting a head start on the Halloween Yard Contest you have going with that bitch Tammy at Bunko.

Go away and come back next year in March, unless you want to spend every blessed weekend and more than a few ‘work at home” days completing this project.

Whatever crazy lady, you say? ¬†Ok then, everything you need to know about the “bones” of the project are¬†found in the links¬†¬†here >>>¬†Haunters Hangout¬†¬†and here >>>¬†Haunt Project

Now here’s the truth

I’m putting the TL:DR right here:

It took  a long time to make, required too many trips to the hardware store, was messy to the point of giving my garage floor a vintage look, was exhausting physically to complete, and my yard swallowed up 17 sections very quickly.  It was also not as cheap as I hoped. But it does look pretty good and the kids are enjoying it.

If you want the story along with tips and tricks keep reading, if not, go on with you bad self and make some fencing. ¬†Enjoy and don’t say I didn’t warn you. ‚̧ If you find a way to make it “pretty” let me know.

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The Details, Lola style

This is how I feel about DIY Grave Yard Fencing. ¬† By the time we got this up ( by October 1 because it is The Destroyer’s Birthday) I was so freaking over it.

Here is the story with the tips and tricks buried inside, yes it is another way I trick you into reading my blog.  Now shall I??  OK then.

This all started last year, How To’s…. ¬†Pics¬†¬†

Being the cheap, quirky girl that I am I planned ahead last year as I made my materials choices. ¬† ¬†The plan is to have some variation of Ghosts and Spiders every year. ¬†I ¬†Like order in so many areas of my life that I enjoy re-creating every year ¬†when I decorate for the seasons. ¬†I always planned to add to the collection of yard ¬†stuff we’ve made. ¬†Fencing has always been on my wish list, probably because I am an emotional nut about¬†architectural¬†details, without knowing what most of them are probably called :-). ¬† The Destroyer chose a Jousting theme this year on one of the first days of school in mid August. We began Planning aka ¬†Analysis¬†and Design. This lasted a few weeks until we had the decisions made. Then I did all the calculating and list making. ¬† We planned to make a¬†prototype¬†and then some sort of assembly process, we needed 68 feet of fencing so if we ever decide to fence in along the driveway and walk we are covered.

We spent about $200 on this project which made 17 sections of fencing and left enough for 3 more sections no one could bare the thought of making, ¬†or roughly $9.52 a section. I am slightly disappointed it was that much considering I made use of donations of spray paint from neighbors and¬†exhausted¬†my own reserve¬†supply. By the time we bought everything it was September 8th, but we were still pretty proud of ourselves. ¬†I don’t remember when the¬†prototype¬†was made, but I can tell you this we¬†didn’t¬†get done until October 1 and 40+ hours of work went into this. ¬† Ours will be stored upon ¬†brackets in the garage. ¬†We can take them down, patch them up and put them out pretty quickly next year. THAT’S when all the hard work will pay off, right???

Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned

  • ¬† Haunters Hangout ¬†says “A 3/4 Forstner drill bit will make quick work of drilling the holes for the fence. Forstner drill bits cut fast and leave a very smooth hole.” ¬†¬†He is probably right, and BTW, we did NOT do this. ¬†What we did was Babu tried and changed bits about 4 times¬†because¬†the hole size was off , all involving trips to the hardware store, and we had 1×2’s ¬†with HUGE splintered hole bottoms in them. ¬† Babu wasn’t very good at¬†centering¬†the¬†hole in spite of making a template. ¬† He was tired and sore before the work ran out.
  • Once the prototype was complete, ¬†we cut all remaining pipes and boards in order to have raw materials¬†available¬†for assembly in case someone had a spare 10-20 minutes here or there.
  • One of these guys talks about how a 10′ section of¬†board¬†will yield 4 29.5″ cuts. It will. but it will ALSO hold 4 30″ cuts and then you won’t have that annoying little piece of 2″ ¬†PVC leftover.
  • It’s SUPPOSED to be a little janky, it is grave yard fencing. ¬†But don’t be stupid, be sure every pipe is screwed somewhere to the wood along it’s length.
  • Painting the PVC pipe prior to assembly is fruitless, ¬†streaks of it peel right off as it feeds through the holes, not worth the extra time
  • Painting the wood boards on all sides with latex ¬†paint and a brush or sponge prior to cutting and assembly ¬†is totally the way to go
  • No one will see the undersides of the boards but the bottom strip will be closest to wet grass and ground, it is¬†probably¬†a good idea¬†to¬†protect your¬†investment¬†and at least paint the bottom of that one.
  • Doing all of this hurts your back so finding ways to work upright or at least standing vs kneeling/sitting on the garage floor/ground/driveway is important. ¬† I made use of a small table Babu swore could not be used for assembly. Well that asshole¬† sweet man went to an all day LAN party and out of desperation I proved him wrong.
  • We used pieces of green landscaping stakes , 2 per fence, to secure them. ¬†I¬†wanted¬†to save money on¬†rebar¬†but I am about to head out later this week and buy some rebar if that tells you anything.
  • Latex paint is a giant PITA but seems to work best on the wood.
  • Spray paint works best on the PVC and is fast, but spray paint is costly, exhausting and messy. I was using 1 can on about¬†every¬†1.5 sections and that included trying to keep them stacked so the ¬†over spray would be useful. ¬† The last can chose to leak all over me, don’t ask.
  • I added a few extra layers to the black. ¬†I didn’t want it rusty or mottled. ¬†To add a shiny focal point I sprayed the finials silver on the front and back letting the over spray go wherever it wanted. ¬†Then I dry brushed with latex paint to add in texture and depth. ¬†I ended by spraying glitter (Thank you Kindy 500 car leftovers) onto just the finials for bling. ¬† My front yard doesn’t get all that much sun, the silver is very¬†visible¬†but I don’t know that the glitter is noticeable or did much.
  • Each fence section needs two coats of black, ¬†which means you are touching it two times, maybe three if you ¬†miss spots.
  • The plastic garden fencing tops are pretty fragile and like to break off at the stake shoved into the PVC and screwed down. ¬†Overall it just adds to the janky-ness but now I have to go back and touch up white showing. ¬†My old nemesis¬†black¬†spray paint and I will meet again sooner than I’d like.
  • There is one fence on there that is simply¬†board¬†and pipe and can be taken¬†¬†apart and put back together every year. If I had to do it over again I’d ¬†rather do that, even though it¬†does not¬†look nearly as “nice”

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Halloween Decor 2012 Initial Pics

I will come back and get details up soon, here are the initial pics, we are about 90% there.  Have a great week Lovies.

Oh wait, It is medieval. the ghosts are jousting, there is a king and queen and a court jester.   The Fencing is all 4 foot DIY sections and the spiders are all PVC.