Haunted Mansion


 

One of my favorite things is the Disney dark ride The Haunted Mansion.  Years ago I ran a blog with my daughter called  “The Imagine Ears” to feature much of the Disney themed work we did together.

 

She was very young and I wanted to protect her privacy.  While we had  many shared interests Disney was the one we both loved.  Over the years I crafter, with her help, over 70 life size replicas from the ride and each year I would convert our house into the Haunted Mansion for a neighborhood party for friends and family.  Here is a collection of much of our Mansion themed creations.

 

Welcome foolish mortals.  Our tour begins at the entrance with this custom Haunted Mansion sign. 

I made resin copies of leaves, laser cut the letters, and sculpted the head and skull,  and arranged them on an oval frame. 

DIY Haunted Mansion entrance sign

DIY Haunted Mansion entrance sign

 

 

We pass by an eerie face on a tombstone.  As we look upon it, it looks back.   

Leota was sculpted on a wooden plague using free form air and some realistic eyes I bought on eBay. 

 

DIY Haunted Mansion Madame leota tombstone

DIY Haunted Mansion Madame leota tombstone

 

 

Haunted Mansion monster face fireplace grate

 

Next we enter the parlor where perched on the mantle is a grotesque gargoyle holding to candlesticks leaning in for a closer look. 

He was made by creating a frame out of pvc pipes, bulking up the frame with crumpled up tin foil, covered in smooth on free form air, and a face sculpted in super sculpey.  The candles sticks are led battery powered.  

DIY Haunted Mansion gargoyle candelabra

DIY Haunted Mansion gargoyle candelabra

 

Hanging above the gargoyle are 4 elongated portraits revealing the grim fates of each.

I made them in photoshop and added canvas texture to the them, printed them off and framed them.  They are 48″ tall.

DIY Haunted Mansion stretching portraits

DIY Haunted Mansion stretching portraits

We stroll through a long corridor of creepy doors that creek and howl. A serpentine door handle, a mace like knocker, and a face in the grate peer down upon you.

The door was made out of XPS (expanded polystrene) sheets from the big box store.  It is the kind of foam that goes on the sides of houses during construction. 

DIY Haunted Mansion green door hall

DIY Haunted Mansion green door hall

The walls are covered in a eerie wall purple wallpaper that seems to be staring at you. 

This is actually a 36″ x 36″ painting I did on canvas.

DIY Haunted Mansion purple wallpaper painting

DIY Haunted Mansion purple wallpaper painting

 

The hallway is decorated with gothic faces carved into the corbels and word work. 

The corbels are carved out of XPS foam and covered in a coat of mod podge, painted, and weathered. 

 

 

 Many frames of ghostly faces adorn the walls as does a cross-stitched piece in a rough hewed wood frame.

The pictures were found online and placed in dollar store frames.  The Tomb Sweet Tomb sign was modified by me in photoshop to look like cross-stitching and the frame is carved out of XPS.

As you pass by a coffin the lid slowly begins to rise as an otherworldly green glow emanates from inside.

The coffin is made from XPS foam, some pvc pipes, a plastic skeleton, and some frames and yard decor from the dollar store. 

DIY Haunted Mansion coffin with rising lid

DIY Haunted Mansion coffin with rising lid

 

 As you round the corner you see a large clock looming over you as its monstrous face peers down. This was made out of 1″ XPS foam almost entirely. 

It was sanded and shaped like as surfboard and then given a hard coat.

 

Haunted Mansion 13 hour monster clock

 You descend into the darkness and her a feminine voice calling out to the spirits.

This was a large streetlamp acrylic globe with a sculpted head with smoot features.  The wig is blue with little green extensions I added.   I sculpted the chair back out of XPS foam.  The projector is hidden inside the book stand.  

Haunted Mansion Madame Leota projection head in crystal ball

A old organ plays its self as it fills the room with eerie tones.

This was made out of clear plastic tubes for ceiling light bulbs.  Painted gold and placed on our piano.  

Haunted Mansion organ with bat and dueling portraits

 

 

Haunted Mansion pop up head with teacup in graveyard

 

 

Haunted Mansion arm bricking himself in graveyard

 

 

 

Haunted Mansion arm holding torch