The Art of Darkness

Creepy 3-D Wall Decor

October 30th, 2013 by Cobwebs

Wall Ghost

So this is kind of awesome.

I saw this photo online (unattributed, natch) and did a reverse image search in hopes of finding the source. Weirdly, I can’t seem to locate an original attribution; there are lots of instances of this particular image, plus a few sites which have what appears to be a whole set.

I thus can’t provide any insight on how this was done originally, so I did the next best thing and asked my dad, who is a home-repair ninja. Here are his thoughts:

Get the hands, etc. from a Halloween store. Cut them so that the back is semi-flat. Fasten them to the wall with hot glue.

1. Use spackle, plaster or paper mache to smooth over them and add the “wrinkles” at the side. Paint wall color paint over them.

2. Use wet paper towels or newspaper to form the wrinkles and fill in where you want. “Feather” the edges of the paper with sandpaper. Paint over the paper with Gesso to make it smooth. Paint with wall color paint.

3. Use plastic sheeting to cover them and heat soften/shrink to form. Spackle the edges to blend into the wall. Paint with wall color paint.

4. Use thin rubber (like that used in makeup bald caps). Blend in the edges. Paint with wall color paint.

The last two are the least durable.

So. This is clearly completely out of the question if you rent, but if you want to do something super-spooky with a room in your house, it would be hard to beat ghosts coming out of the walls. It sounds like this is one of those “more time than money” projects, and it would certainly be a conversation piece. Bonus points if you make over a guest room.

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5 Responses

  1. Kaitlin Michelle Says:

    WOW! That is so awesome!

  2. xJane Says:

    I suddenly want to create Devil’s Advocate-style wall art. Or something similar. I don’t mean for Hallowe’en.

  3. Laurie Brown Says:

    Okay, that takes the award for creepy wall decor. It’s awesome!

  4. kris Says:

    I also love this one as well.

    another great way to create this effect is the use of foam board backings , u can do the whole wall so the blending would work. ( also cheap at lowes) its very thin and could be tacked up very easy thus allowing even renters to do this in their homes.

    another way that would be less messy to make the wall look is instead of mudding it ( which is what I did) you could create the same effect using a white sheet soaked and formed in fabric starch to the boards!!

  5. Kelley Mulick Says:

    I’m thinking the easiest way to do this is soak a sheet in half water, half glue, then form hands and face with Styrofoam head and hands, let dry then paint wall color or leave as a ghost!

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