Weather Resistant Tree Stump
I’m not sure how to categorize this prop, but suffice to say it’s an incredible and ultimately necessary prop. Everyone that’s had any use for exterior video projection has encountered the problem of not only hiding the projector but protecting it from the elements. The tutorial that Rabbit101 posted at the HalloweenForum tackles both problems and creates a nifty Weather Resistant Tree Stump to hide your equipment in as well!
The process is reasonably simple and started by cutting out a footprint for the stump into a piece of plywood with a jigsaw.
Once the footprint was in place a piece of sonotube was added (Rabbit101 had to cut the sonotube in half to create a larger size tree diameter, but if you can find a larger sonotube to begin with there’s really no need to cut it).
Finally, two additional circular pieces of plywood were cut out to provide for two levels of equipment and attached to two vertical 1×4″ supports.
With the frame complete, large chunks of styrofoam were cut out and glued to the base of the stump and a 2″ piece of PVC was added at the base to allow for cords to pass through.
Once all of the foam was glued on some Great Stuff was sprayed to fill in the gaps and then a hacksaw blade was used to give the styrofoam a more organic, tree shaped appearance. Coats of brown, green and gray paint were added to the stump followed by a final coat of white wash.
To create the rings around the top Rabbit101 took a coat hanger and heated it up with a propane torch and ran it across the styrofoam in a circular manner. The tutorial doesn’t specify, but I’ve got to believe that a final coat of sealer was added to the stump to protect it from the elements.
With the tree stump complete there was ample room for a projector and DVD player as well as a fan on the lower level to keep the heat at a minimum. It looks incredible and based on what Rabbit101 says, visitors will never guess that your projector is hiding inside!
Items needed to complete this include
- 4 x 8 sheet of plywood
- 1 x 4″ wood (approximately 4 to 6 feet)
- Styrofoam insulation
- Great Stuff