Monster Mud Reaper
Nothing looks better than a well crafted Monster Mud Reaper standing guard over your cemetery. As he welcomes recently departed souls to their final resting grounds, this dark and foreboding spirit will cause all eyes to focus their attention to him if for no other reason than to make sure he isn’t actually alive. And the best part is, he’s pretty easy to build if you follow the tutorial that Jimmyzdc wrote up at HalloweenForum.
The frame of your reaper will be created by securing a steel flange to a 2 x 2′ piece of MDF board and then threading a 4” steel pipe to the flange. You’ll connect the PVC that will create your reaper’s spine to the 4″ steel pipe and then connect your 4 way PVC cross fitting to the top so you can add your arms.
Once the PVC frame is complete you’ll wrap some chicken wire around the skeleton for the reaper’s body and then measure out your burlap and drape it on the chicken wire to verify you have the correct size and shape for the reaper you want.
Once you have the reaper shaped to your liking you’ll peel your burlap off and dip it in your monster mud until its completely submerged in the mud. Once coated, remove it from the mud and squeeze off the excess mud as you pull. Re-drape it on your frame and continue until you’ve got all of your burlap reassembled on the reaper.
Once coated in monster mud, make sure you use a some Drylock masonry sealer to weather proof your reaper otherwise you may have a mess on your hands if it rains.
Items needed to complete this include:
- (2) 90 degree PVC elbows
- (3) 45 degree PVC elbows
- (1) 4-Way PVC Cross
- (2) 1 1/4 “ –> 1” PVC Adapters
- (1) 8ft. 1 ¼” PVC Pipe
- (1) 1” PVC Cap
- ¼” screws
- (1) Metal hook with screw end
- 25ft. of chicken wire
- (1) 1 ½” steel flange
- (1) 1 ½” x 4” steel pipe
- (3) STC-R brackets (home depot)
- (1) RTU2 brackets (home depot)
- (1) 2’ x 2’ 3/4″ MDF Board
- (1) Gallon of Black Paint
- (1) Rust-o-Leum Stone style spray paint (optional)
- (3) Foam brushes
- (1) Drywall Mixing tool
- (1) Gallon of Dry-Lock Masonry Sealer