OK here's the story. I finally have a place to host more than three guests at a time so I'm thinking I want to have a party. I know I don't need a reason to have one but I really want to do one for Halloween. I want to go crazy with decorations. Of course the first one would be small and each year I could add more.
This year I want to start with a couple giant freak show banners out front. I've looked into buying older ones to hang out front but real ones can run into a thousand or more or they are small in size.
I was thinking one "Freak Show" banner about 4 feet high and 8 feet long and another with the "freaks" maybe 6-8 high and around 10 feet long.
The thing is I want to save some money on materials so getting the high end canvas from a specialty shop would be too much. I'm probably going to get some canvas drop cloths at the hardware store and start with those. Put on a base and then decorate that.
So does anyone have any suggestions on materials? Would a regular drop cloth survive hanging outside for a month and being rolled up in a garage the rest of the year? Does anyone think using a regular house paint would work? Would it survive being rolled up?
I'm not too worried about a couple hundred in materials but if I'm spending a lot of time painting these I'd like something that lasts a few years and can be used more than once.
Then I need to find a source for large (and cheap) Styrofoam pieces that can be carved into things like giant pumpkins and bones that can be used to decorate the yard.
I know its a little early but it's going to take a while to get it ready.
All the other holiday parties don't take as much work.