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    I have a 20 ft by 8 ft mausoleum where I have built 2 bunks or slabs on either side as you walk in. This is a walk in one end and out the other. People will walk through this as they exit the cemetery. The inside walls are textured and distressed. What type of props or wall decor can I put in there? I will have skeletons lying on the slabs but I am not sure what else to add. I will put in a coffin or two but what do I put on the walls? I will have sound. All I can think of is to put up shelves and set candles, vases and a few heads. This is an supposed to be a very very old mausoleum, nothing modern by any means.

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    Last edited by terrormasue; 05-17-2011 at 12:45 PM.
     

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    What about the wall sconce type vases with some lovely dead flowers, maybe some cloth and lace trimmed tissues? Spiders possibly too...you could even get some petrified remains all wrapped in web? Catacombs too with bones and stuff embedded into your walls, maybe a little shrine table with photos of the desceased with some dead flower arrangements, trinkets like rosary beads, etc. ?
     

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    In the entrance of mine I made 3 walls of small doors that would hold urns in them with fancy name tags.
     

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    Wow, thanks for the help. Here is a pic of the entrance. I plan on planting bushes right below each of the shelves. Again, thanks for the help!!

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    Looking at the outside I picture seeing old rod iron fencing and arched gate entrance with about 10 feet of depth to look like a court yard and plant something that will grow on it.
     

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    Awesome Sue! Love the distressing!!!
     

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    I have people say rot iron, rod iron, etc. Just to clarify it's called wrought iron!!! Larry, this is for you too! lol

    DA
     

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    Sue,

    You can buy a theatrical color gel sample swatch for very cheap. We took these, cut them into shapes and spray adhesived them onto a round peice of plexi and back lit it with warm LEDS and it looked just like a moon lit stained glass window.

    Step 1. Find the shape window you want. It could even just be an old square, wooden framed window pane. Ours was a large circle cut out of plexi and then we made a 'pie' shape and cut out using black electrical tape on the back side. I then used the electrical tape to tape out a spiderweb pattern, but you can divide your window however you would like.

    Step 2. Cut the theatrical gel swatches (its what they use to color a theatre light) into random shapes and fill the defined spaces by spray adhesiving it like a mosaic. This is great for kids or helpers who do not have any artistic knowledge

    Step 3. Hang it on the wall and back light it.

    This adds another touch of realism to your mosoleum.

    You can also find cool detailed old frames for pretty cheap. Take out the glass and backing so all you have is the frame. They work great for name plate decor. Attach to the drawer doors before you spray with your hard coat and bingo.

    Let me know if you want to do the window thing. I have drawers of gel swatches and I could just send you a couple.
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    Erick, Kimmy and Ken THANKS! Some really great ideas. I checked on the gels. I am going to try that. I built 8 decorative shelves yesterday. Found a few urns. I had totally forgotten about urns......duh...... I should be finished (minus the stained glass) this weekend. I will post a few pics.

    Thank you all again for the great ideas!
    Sue
     

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    Also, you can find old lamps at rummage sales and thrift stores. Take them apart and they look just like urns!
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