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04-03-2010, 02:23 PM
Buster Gravesley is my 2010 entry in the Hauntforum $20 Prop Challenge. Buster is a Zombie/Coffin Groundbreaker standing approximately 4 feet tall and mounted on a plywood base that can be angled in different directions when displayed. This prop was made from numerous recycled materials including; newspaper, cardboard, plastic bags, aluminum cans and plastic milk jugs. The project was started March 4th, 2010 and completed on April 2nd, 2010. The total cost for this prop was $19.03.

Link to tutorial:


Plastic Milk Jugs
Cardboard (Corrugated and Cereal Boxes)
Plastic Grocery Bags
Aluminum Cans
Plastic Kitty Litter Container


Scrap Plywood 22”x33” or 5.04 sq. ft x .20 $1.01
Scrap 2x4’s 5 feet x .08 per foot .40
10 Large 4” glue sticks @ .10 (Walmart) $1.00
24 Large 12” glue sticks @ 12/$2.00 (Dollar Store) $4.00
17lbs flour (2) 5lb @.99 (Glenn’s) and (2) 5lb @1.28 (Walmart) $4.03
Color Plain Paper Print (eyeball) .08
12”x12” piece aluminum foil 20ft @ 1.19 (Walgreens) .06
½ roll clear packing tape 6 @5.99 (Staples) .50
¼ roll masking tape 1 @.50 (Dollar Store) .13
1 recycled/used L-Bracket new price 1.18 (Lowes) x .3 .35
5 lbs Drywall Compound 63lbs @ 10.65 (Lowes) .85
1/10th bag Cellulose Fiber Insulation 1 bag @6.48 (Lowes) .65
12-2 ½ in recycled/reused Drywall Screws 50@2.77 x .3 .20
½ oz Pledge Future Shine 27oz@5.37 (Walmart) .10
4.5 feet Crepe Paper 81ft @ .57 (Dollar Store) .03
6 ft 14 gauge utility wire 110 ft @ 6.97 (Lowes) .38
6ft Drywall Patch Tape 300ft @ 4.98 (Lowes) .09
¼ Gallon Black Latex Paint 1 gal @ 10.41 after $5 rebate (Lowes) 2.60
½ Cup Gray Latex Paint (Free but calculated @10.41/gallon) .36
½ Cup Brown Latex Paint (Free but calculated @10.41/gallon) .36
1oz Yellow Acrylic Paint 4oz@1.00 (Dollar Store) .25
1oz Red Acrylic Paint 4oz@1.00 (Dollar Store) .25
1oz Brown Acrylic Paint 4oz@1.00 (Dollar Store) .25
6oz Golden Pecan Stain 32oz @ 5.87 (Lowes) 1.10

TOTAL $19.03

04-04-2010, 12:32 PM
The entire prop is made with papier mache over an armature constructed of recycled materials. Each element (skull, arms, torso, hands, coffin, shackles) was created individually then assembled into the final prop. Here are a few construction pictures:


04-04-2010, 12:45 PM
I'm still waiting for you to build a house out of paper mache! Wow Stolloween this is amazing work! The detail in the nails, shackles, hands, arms and coffin is unbelievable. I knew before you posted this piece of work that it would be amazing, but I don't know of any other work that you do that isn't outstanding. Great Job!!!!

04-04-2010, 01:15 PM
Excellent! I love the detail, especially in the hands and coffin, and the way you combine the old casket coming out of the ground with a new twist on the ground breaker. This thing definitely captures your style, I can see several of these in a graveyard scene.

Sickie Ickie
04-04-2010, 01:16 PM
That is huge! Would you take some time to take some pics of you or someone standing next to it head on to give some sort of better scale to it?

Absolutely unbelievably amazing!

Sickie Ickie
04-04-2010, 01:18 PM
btw I love this shot:


04-04-2010, 02:08 PM
Amazing detail, Scott. That guy wants outta there BAD! Yeah, a graveyard sprinkled with several of these guys would definitely give the ToT'ers a reason to run! Beautiful work.

dave the dead
04-04-2010, 02:36 PM

that is all.

04-04-2010, 03:29 PM
Great job!

Another piece to go onto my Board O' Inspiration in the garage.

How much did this guy end up weighing?

04-04-2010, 03:30 PM
Opps, I double posted by mistake. Please delete this post.

04-04-2010, 03:32 PM
Love it !!

04-04-2010, 03:35 PM
That is huge! Would you take some time to take some pics of you or someone standing next to it head on to give some sort of better scale to it?

Absolutely unbelievably amazing!

Unless Stolloween is a midget it looks pretty damn big!!!!!

04-04-2010, 04:13 PM
This is just a stunning piece of work, Stoll, beautifully crafted and detailed. And he's not just a groundbreaker; he's a really ANGRY groundbreaker:D

04-04-2010, 05:10 PM
Oh wow, Scott - I love it.... that coffin out of cardboard is probably blowing my mind the most - with the pm clay screws... to look at that, no one would EVER know what it was made of. You are the man!

04-04-2010, 05:29 PM
Great job!

Another piece to go onto my Board O' Inspiration in the garage.

How much did this guy end up weighing?

My guess is around 30lbs...once everything was mounted on the plywood base I moved it around with a handcart.

Thanks everyone for the nice comments...Mr. Buster Gravesley was a very fun build...whet my appetite to make more.

04-04-2010, 05:47 PM
Wow. Absolutely amazing.

04-04-2010, 05:54 PM
That is just freakin' unreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:

04-04-2010, 05:54 PM

Size comparison photo

BTW-I'm a towering 5'8"

Sickie Ickie
04-04-2010, 05:56 PM
hanks Stoll. I knew it was large...larger to me since I'm 5' 6" LOL

04-04-2010, 06:25 PM
that is just..................awsome

04-04-2010, 07:58 PM
I forgot to credit SpookySam and his 2009 Challenge entry "The Gravity Grabber" with the information/inspiration for using plastic bags to corpse a prop. The concept is brilliant and works wonderfully, a technique I highly recommend. Thanks Sam.

04-04-2010, 08:42 PM
Another amazing creation, Stolloween. He looks great.

04-04-2010, 09:08 PM
wow just amazing work Stoll! How can the rest of us non artistic types hope to compete with props of this caliber.

04-04-2010, 09:42 PM
That is GREAT Stoll!!!

Wyatt Furr
04-04-2010, 10:03 PM
I bow to the Master of Mache.
The level of detail you put into your works are always amazing.
When I tell people about your art, and how you make it,they look at me like I have 3 heads.....
Which just might be inspiration for another prop.

04-04-2010, 10:40 PM
I'm speechless. Totally awesome!

04-04-2010, 11:02 PM
So cool! Another Masterwork by the mache Master.

04-04-2010, 11:05 PM
Wow! That is amazing! The best I can hope for now is second place... :)

Bone Dancer
04-05-2010, 12:17 AM
Scott I really need to try and get down to see your haunt this year in person. Another great inspiration, thanks.

And thanks for the reminder about the plastic bag corpsing method of SpookySam.

04-05-2010, 08:02 AM
I love all your work but as of this very moment this is my favorite. All the details, the scale, and the color scheme together...just amazing man. I love it.

04-05-2010, 11:49 AM
Wow, the detail is just amazing. Fantastic job as always!

04-05-2010, 01:02 PM
Excellent Piece! Far and Away my favorite of the contest so far!
I liked the shot of the unfinished hand - that looks like even I could do the hand! (of course it won't look as good yours but...)
Great work!

04-05-2010, 04:54 PM
Wow!! stoll. Everything i have ever seen from you is great work and i just don't think i could ever pick a favorite. This piece is very very cool. I have got to look and see how far you are from me, I dont think it's too far, but i would love to come see your place in person all decorated up this fall. You absolutely are the Master of Mache....there are none higher!

04-05-2010, 06:17 PM
WOW - simply amazing. As others have mentioned, the details look phenomenal!

04-05-2010, 08:18 PM
Amazing as usual ! :)

04-05-2010, 10:20 PM
wow, amazing as always!!

04-05-2010, 11:58 PM
damm, wish my paper mache turned out half as good....;) great looking as always

The Watcher
04-06-2010, 06:05 AM
You never cease to amaze. Very nice prop.

04-06-2010, 07:23 AM
Absolutly beautiful! WOW!

04-06-2010, 09:24 AM
Another Brillant piece of work

Devils Chariot
04-06-2010, 01:07 PM
Whoa! That is huge and awesome! Very nice work, very nice work indeed.

04-06-2010, 01:27 PM
love it, i wish i could turn out something that looked that great.

04-06-2010, 01:38 PM
Awesome piece of work!!!!

04-06-2010, 01:39 PM
Wow! :eek: Amazing and very inspiring.

04-06-2010, 05:08 PM
A real piece of art man...I'd say start selling them,but I'd imagine something so lovingly put together would be hard to part with. I'm truly inspired. Any chance of seeing a how-to?

04-06-2010, 05:13 PM
A real piece of art man...I'd say start selling them,but I'd imagine something so lovingly put together would be hard to part with. I'm truly inspired. Any chance of seeing a how-to?


Dark Angel 27
04-06-2010, 06:28 PM
wow just amazing work Stoll! How can the rest of us non artistic types hope to compete with props of this caliber.

I too pay homage to the master of Mache!

you never cease to amaze me. its hard to believe that these are made out recycled items!

04-06-2010, 07:11 PM
very cool stoll look's like a winner to me great job

04-07-2010, 06:56 PM
I really do like this, I have been a big fan of paper mache' for a while now, you can do some great stuff with it. cant beat the price either. :)

04-07-2010, 09:01 PM
Wow. Just... Wow! You have opened my eyes to the power of flour and paper! Trying to come up with something to compete with someone of your artistic talent is... to borrow a word from the contest... a CHALLENGE, indeed! Good luck!

04-07-2010, 09:19 PM
When I build new props I usually take a lot of photographs, the photos help me remember how I create the piece and they offer me a chance to look at the progress from a different viewpoint.

Often I will review construction pictures and see things that I miss with the naked eye, the practice of photographing the building process is one that I find very valuable.

During the month of constructing “Buster Gravesley” I snapped about 1000 photos, here is a short video featuring 846 of them documenting the progress from start to finish all very quickly which gives a good feel as to how the prop came together.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on this project, it is greatly appreciated.

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Sickie Ickie
04-07-2010, 09:33 PM
Great vid! I also like the music. :)

04-07-2010, 10:41 PM
Great vid! I also like the music. :)

Thanks, I liked the music but removed the audio and posted a "no-music" version ...don't need to be messing with copyright violations. Not quite as exciting but it still gets the point across.

04-08-2010, 10:40 AM
I love seeing the start-to-finish process.

It appears you start your builds on your dining room table?:D

04-08-2010, 07:00 PM
I love seeing the start-to-finish process.

It appears you start your builds on your dining room table?:D

Correct you are, especially projects started in the winter or early spring when the basement is really cold...plus if I didn't work at the dining room table I don't think I would ever see my family when I'm home. :)

Good news is that papier mache cleans up well.

dave the dead
04-08-2010, 07:06 PM

Good news is that papier mache cleans up well.[/QUOTE]

It cleans up really well when you are able to make it do your bidding as Stolloween does....for the rest of us mortals, best to lay out a huge plastic dropcloth and keep the pressure sprayer charged and ready...;)

04-08-2010, 10:10 PM
Wow, very cool. The size is impressive.

The Creepster
04-08-2010, 10:38 PM
Looks great like everything you make...thats where that old cat litter box ended up...was wondering about that. Just don't look inside:)

04-09-2010, 03:20 PM
Scott, this is a masterpiece. I LOVE it, I cant wait till my kids go to bed tonight so I can enjoy this. Soo cool, and thanks for some great inspiration. I love the scale too.

04-09-2010, 05:20 PM
That is fantastic Scott....Great job!!

04-09-2010, 05:22 PM
I love this guy! Thanks for your how-to! Great job!

04-09-2010, 06:12 PM
Wow! Beyond amazing!

Bone To Pick
04-09-2010, 06:51 PM

Frighteners Entertainment
04-09-2010, 09:02 PM
Pretty cool Scott!

04-09-2010, 10:24 PM
Frigin sweet!

04-15-2010, 08:05 PM
Awesome prop, I was wondering what the coffin is made out of and how you did the screws and wood grain? :jol:

04-15-2010, 08:28 PM
Awesome prop, I was wondering what the coffin is made out of and how you did the screws and wood grain? :jol:

Thanks, the tutorial can be found on my site:

The coffin is made from recycled corrugated cardboard, papier mache strips and homemade paper clay, the wood grain texture was formed in the clay and the screws were also made from the paper clay.

04-15-2010, 10:19 PM
How do you keep the paper mache weatherproof?

04-15-2010, 10:48 PM
Every time you make a prop you get like thirteen pages of compliments for each one. And for good reason. Another excellent prop!

04-17-2010, 01:05 PM
How do you keep the paper mache weatherproof?

This project has a heavy base coat of exterior black latex paint which protects a little from moisture, in addition the zombie was covered with a heavy coat of stain/sealant which adds another layer of protection. As the project stands right now it would be adequate to withstand high humidity or light rain. I would not leave it outside in a downpour.

Most of my work receives a good coat of Spar Urethane before they are displayed during Halloween, the Spar Urethane does a very good job of weatherproofing as long as all surface areas have been covered.

04-20-2010, 12:15 AM
That is just...wow....yeah....WOW! Absolutely freaking amazing! What wonderful skills you have there. :) He's awesome!

04-20-2010, 07:08 AM
Amazing what you can make with some imagination and recycled paper! Stolloween strikes again!

04-20-2010, 08:37 AM
Could you please find a way to bottle your motivation, energy & drive? I'll buy some!
I love the size of this: it's BIG!
I also like all the work that you have put into creating your background skill set...building the facial base, knowing how to put the cans together, texture creation etc. There is a LOT more going on here than just $20 worth of materials. I admire and envy you. But then again, it's okay cuz I look good in green.

04-20-2010, 08:44 AM
this is AWESOME.. if I make anyything this year im gonna try this

04-30-2010, 11:35 PM
So very cool, and the video is great, makes me realize I need to take a lot more pictures during my build process. Keep up the horrifying work!

05-01-2010, 06:14 PM
This is just truly amazing! :eek:
Very inspiring!
I love... well everything! :) - the scale especially!
The finish really adds a degree of creepiness to him and how you did the eye is awesome! I really like the stylized feel this guy has- works very well with the rest of the prop.
-the chains (which are made out of cardboard!?) are great and make you wonder what kind of terrifying creature would be buried with shackles on!
This has got to be the coolest mache creature out there!

05-01-2010, 11:30 PM
You definitely have my vote! I also posted your site on a non halloween forum and everyone was super impressed.

05-03-2010, 03:54 PM
Very cool! I was convinced those were storebought hands until I read your materials list. And then I saw the work-in-progress shot. Very impressive! Great detail on the knuckles.

05-08-2010, 11:00 AM
Good luck!

The Evil Queen
05-09-2010, 01:23 PM
I worship you! Well your gift!!
I AM sooo not worthy. Look away...
I remember seeing your work several years ago, and was blown away. I asked a few questions, and you answered me with out hesitation. I have been working with paper mache since.

05-11-2010, 12:00 PM
Buster Gravesley ROCKS!!!!!

05-11-2010, 12:44 PM
Congrats on the win Scott!

05-11-2010, 04:24 PM
Just wanted to add my congratulations to everyone else's! :smileton:
The creativity and craftsmanship on this prop is truly exquisite!
AWESOME! :jol:

Dr Dark
06-21-2010, 04:59 PM
Jaw dropping, as usual. You're my hero!!!