Cement Draped Ghoul
Cement draping and solar lighting create a spooky ghoul for my front yard
I started by creating a frame with a dollar store garbage can for the body, pvc pipe and plastic spray bottles for the shoulders and a soccer ball with a ball cap brim for the head.
I wanted to create my ghoul to sit on a log in my front yard. I covered the log in plastic and found a level spot to begin the project.
I covered the frame with plastic and cut an old blanket into rectangular shapes. I practiced draping the blanket over the frame until I got the look I wanted.
I mixed a slurry of cement and water and dipped the blanket pieces one at a time into the cement. I started at the bottom and worked my way upwards until I liked the way it looked.
After drying for two days I pulled out the frame through the bottom and removed all of the plastic. I made a runnier mixture of cement and water and went over the whole thing by spreading it on with my hands. This created a smoother, almost a melting look and helped to increase the strength. I spray painted the inside black and added solar fairy lights at the top of the head where they are hidden.
This is the final result at dusk.
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- Portland cement (Home Depot or Amazon)
- Garbage can, spray bottles, drop clothes (Dollar Tree)
- Old blanket (On hand)
- Soccer ball (Amazon)
- PVC pipe (Amazon)
- Solar fairy lights (Amazon)
- Black flat spray paint (Ace Hardware or Amazon)
Published October 5th, 2017 2:53 PM
2 of 46 comments
MadeByBarb on Mar 26, 2022
Well, this is copied from my site: If you want to see the actual instructions https://www.madebybarb.com/2016/11/03/concrete-lighted-step-spook/