Since you will probably
only be boarding up the windows and door at the front of your house, you
will only need to build one facade panel for each of these. Just make sure that you make the prop panels large enough to
fit over the real window and door frames.
frame for the "boarded-up window panel" is made from 1" by 2" boards, and the outer boards that will be
nailed onto the frame from 1" by 2"/4"/6" boards. Begin by
measuring the width and height of the window frame. In this case the
outside of our window frame measured 59-1/2" x 30-1/2".
build the frame for the prop we cut the 1" by 2" boards into the four pieces
and nailed them together to make the frame. We added a 1/4" to the width
and height just to make sure it would fit over the window frame.
we cut the 1" by 2"/4"/6" outer boards at different lengths between one
three inches longer than the
wooden frame we made. Next, we nailed them onto the frame using one nail
1-1/2" nail on each side for small boards and two nails on each side for
the large boards. Be sure to leave
gaps between the boards and that you attach them at slight angles for a
pine boards looked new because they were new. To make
them look weathered and old we stained them with Walnut colored wood stain. Don't worry about painting the back of the panel unless people
will be able to see them from inside the house. Wood stain is
messy, so be sure to lay
down a drop cloth to work on and wear plastic gloves and old clothes.
placing the panel on the window, we taped a piece of
over the window to enhance the eeriness and help hide the sun screens.
For this window we used the dull green cloth, but you could also use the
black or off white. To
attach the prop to the window, simply slip it over the real window frame.
If you are worried about it falling or being pulled off, you can drive a machine screw
through the wooden frame and into the real window frame. But bare in
mind that this will leave two small holes in your real window frame.
boarded up door panel is assembled in the same manner as the window panels, just
larger and to the measurements of your door frame. Because of its size
and weight, you will need to drive a few machine screws through the
wooden frame of the panel and into the real door frame to attach it
touch would be to add a couple of "Keep Out" and "Danger" signs.
a small amount of fake cobwebs to finish the whole thing off.