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Added 2005....I have a long concrete driveway which until 2005 had been
the entrance/exit to my haunt with two large white garage doors at the end. I've
always thought the garage doors did nothing to add to the display. Well, no
longer... I turned one of my two 12 panel garage doors (left side) into the Hollyween Memorial Mausoleum.
Read about my construction efforts below. It turned out to be a realistic and inexpensive addition to my haunt.
(This was a very fun project for me but it was also very time
consuming.) The other garage door is now home to the
Like with Mistress of the Dungeon,
I was cruising eBay
and saw this vault door listed.
I thought about where I could hang something like this.
I remembered my two garage door have 12 rectangular sections each.
But I would need 24 of these and at $60+ each
......and it wasn't even the right size!!
Once again my creativity has gotten the better of me
and I decided to make them myself.
I decided for 2005 to do just the left garage door
so I'm only making twelve (only?!).
12 sheets of white poster board
1-2 cans medium/dark gray spray paint
1 can lacquer spray (already had)
1-2 cans light gray spray paint
1 50' roll of 5" sill insulation
Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
Small tube of clear liquid nails
Various small items
(cheap skulls, spiders, bats, leaves,
leaf garland, rope, twist ribbon, braids, purchased
from the dollar stores, craft stores and party supplies
to use to decorate each vault door)
Another Vault door listed on ebay at $15 +$8
50 foot roll of 5" sill insulation
showing strips cut for borders
(Done is Assembly-line fashion)
Using the gray spray paint and
holding it about 4 feet from the poster board,
I lightly sprayed each back and forth vertically to get the uneven
I then cut my poster board to
fit my garage panels (28"x17").
I cut the remaining poster board pieces into long 1" and 1/2" strips.
I wanted my vault doors to be
After much searching I found the 5" sill insulation at Home Depot for
I cut this into 1" strips for outlining each door
and 1/2" strips for creating an inner box area.
I hot-glued the 1" poster board strips to the 1" insulation strips.
I then hot-glued strips around the sides of each vault door creating a
raised one-inch wide outline. If I had to do it again, I would use
liquid nails instead.
(End of Assembly-Line)
At this point my initial plans
I was going to make all the doors the same
and put different goofy names
Now I decided that each door would have a unique design
with no two looking exactly alike.
I purchased small plastic rings
and other decorating items
as cheap as I could find (try Dollar stores, Craft stores).
Using an empty newspaper plastic bag over my hand,
I put the rings on my fingers and painted them light gray.
Once they had dried I cut off the ring section.
I spray painted all the other items I had bought as
gray as well.
I decided to secure the corners
using braids, also painted gray,,
to add strength to the door.
At left is the 1st completed vault door prior to decorating.
(I also used rope and braid ribbon for the inner box outline.
Some have smaller inner boxes offset to the sides.)
I bought some wired leaves to decorate the corners by
wrapping the wire around the braids
and left the extra wire attached.
I figured I could use these somehow for hanging...
(End of Assembly-line work)
From this point on, I let my imagination run wild and
started putting the painted decoration in the corners and all around the
I used the clear liquid nails to attach these uneven decorations.
I researched goofy names and created a list of 12 names
I would use:
Al B. Bach
I. Emma Spook
Yul B. Next
Your Name Here!
I purchased black 3" stick-on letter from the hardware store.
To make the name plates I collected used Styrofoam trays from my college cafeteria.
I painted the letters and trays with the two colors of gray paint.
I put the letters on the trays then, using braids, attached the whole thing to the vault doors.
Some of the letters I cut out and glued on the doors by themselves.
Finally, I used a Lacquer spray to seal and protect the panels from
I used clear push pins for attaching to the garage door placed between panels and wrapped
the corner leaf wires around the pins to secure them to the door.
Some of the individual vault doors...
I mounted a wall vase with dead flowers on the
right of this panel.
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Copyright @ 2005, Holly A Zell
October 08, 2007 11:25