There’s only 63 days until Halloween 2013… not that I’m counting or anything. I start dreaming of Halloween around June and by the end of August I’m really getting excited. So to kick off my Halloween prep, I finally got around to uploading a video of our 2012 yard haunt…
The decorations are 95% DIY homemade and we design the display to be friendly to all ages. No blood, gore, etc. The “theme” is very much influenced by Disney World’s Haunted Mansion ride – which sparked my love of Halloween way back when I was a tiny Bionic Baby.
Our graveyard features tombstones inspired by some of our favorite media such as: Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files book series; Milo Rambaldi from the tv show, Alias; Madame Leota from the Haunted Mansion ride; Alfred Hitchcock; and Casper the Friendly Ghost.
For Halloween 2013 we are adding a “Kimber Hollow” cemetery sign, a new tombstone (sneak peeks will be posted soon!), and improving on our existing props and design.
If you have any questions on how-to create something you like in the video, feel free to contact me or post your question in the Comments section below!
P.S. The music is “Haunted Mansion Organ” melody by Disneyland Records & used under creative fair use. No infringement intended. (If you’re a Halloween fan, the Haunted Mansion soundtracks are a must-buy!)
I confess. I have about a hundred Nerf foam darts and a couple of blasters too. Geeky? Maybe. Fun? Definitely!
If you have Nerf darts in your home, you are aware of how far and wide they can spread. I’ve been pondering a storage solution for a few weeks now and finally figured it out!
Without further babbling, I present my Darts of Doom coffee cans!
Do it yourself Nerf dart storage cans
It’s a pretty simple project.
The How To:
+ Collect a few coffee cans. I used 3 Folger’s plastic coffee cans with lids.
+ Spray the cans with a black or dark base coat to cover the printed-on labeling. Let dry.
+ Spray the cans and lids with your chosen color. I used Rustoleum Camouflage spray paint in OD Green.
+ Add a second coat.
+ Write on your preferred wording! You can do this by hand, or print the wording on heavy card stock and cut out the inner parts of the letters to make your own stencil.
+ Place stencil on your can. Use a fine point pencil to trace the letters on.
+ Fill in your tracings with paint pens! I used a red extra fine by DecoColor and an ivory/cream fine paint pen by Painters.
+ Let dry for a few hours.
+ Spray coat the whole shebang with matte clear coat spray paint.
+ Stuff your Nerf darts inside!
I created this wallpaper for my phone’s lock screen the other on a whim. Guess I was feeling a bit punchy and quite a bit geeky. If you’re a true sci-fi fan, you’ll recognize the references to Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Defiance.
Want it for your own phone?
Click the image above to view it full size, then right click (or long press if you’re on an Android phone) and choose Save. Easy as pie!
I added two widgets to my screen using UCCW to display a teeny, subtle date and time. The “unlock” function is a hidden slider thanks to Widgetlocker.