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Help w/ Pillars?

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Here's my situation...I carved a welcome sign from styrofoam and painted with a faux stone finish.

Hawks Hill Sign :: Hawks Hill sign - Painted picture by hawkshillhaunter - Photobucket

This was to stand up high on posts at the corner of my yard but because of the shape and stone finish I'm thinking it would make more sense to be lower to the ground.

Here's a similar idea of what I want to do: http://www.shorebreeze.com/photos/SH-Sign_small.jpg OR: http://www.thestonecenter.com/images/sign_sm.gif

but the sign would actually attach to the pillars at the sides and the pillars themselves would be much wider to look unified with the sign. The sign is about 3.5ft wide x 1.5ft tall - i'd like the pillars to be at least 4.5-5ft tall so the sign itself is up off the ground by about a foot and still have room for the pillars to come up higher than the sign. I want it to be a strong focal point in my yard.

Any suggestions on the cheap/lightweight/easy-to-store way of building the pillars? I need to be able to take it apart so the sign itself can be stored alone to protect it. help?
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now that's something i never would have thought of...nicely done and amazing realistic look on the stones! I wonder if there's a way I could use this idea but make the pillars more square????
Thanks Richie.

Dreadnight - now that sounds like a plan. sounds like they'd be the perfect size i want and they're square...not to mention lightweight. But how would I attach the sign? The sign has a piece of plywood backing on it and it's a bit on the heavy side...this may pose a problem.
a-ha...this i think i can do. by the way, nice pic ya got there - raven manor was one of the first things i found interesting on the web when i started searching this kind of thing. love the website.
Halloweengoddessrn - that looks great...but what exactly are "firring strips"?
And thanks to everyone for all the helpful tips and ideas!
Okay...just wanted to give an update on the solution I've come up with. I'm doing 2 4ft columns with the sign to go in between. I've since built the columns Hawks Hill Sign :: columns for sign picture by hawkshillhaunter - Photobucket

And I even have the pink foam stuff on each side. If it doesn't rain all weekend, I'm gonna try and have them painted. then I'll add the gargoyles and hang the sign and voila!
So here's where I'm at so far...I've got the pillars painted and the sign hung between them. I have yet to create a top for the pillars to hold the gargoyles...but I'm gettin' there.

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thanks everyone! ya ever have one of those projects that you've worked on little by little...and then ya get to that point where you just want the dang thing done? yeah, this is one of those projects!
It's Done!!!! Woo-Hoo...finally finished (well for this year at least). I want to make some modifications next year but I finally get to put up my sign!!!!

Hawks Hill Sign :: 100_2909.jpg picture by hawkshillhaunter - Photobucket
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