How To Make Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes

These spooky dock piling props will bring authenticity to your next shipwrecked pirate Halloween scene.

This weekend DIY project is simple enough for the whole family to get their hands dirty with and enjoy.

Plus, the messier, the better! Channeling your inner Van Gogh isn’t necessarily required…

So, do you think you can bang this out in a weekend?

Halloween Dock Piling Prop DIY For Outdoor Pirate Ship Displays

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes

Images by Kim Mcintosh.

With a handful of drywall compound over cardboard concrete tube forms, you can create thick wood graining (that will dry overnight) – and don’t be afraid to add some extra detail!

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes Adding Compound Step

Forms are sold topless 😉 By taping paper plates to the top of your forms you create a base to spray with the magical Great Stuff foam insulation.

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes Spraying with Spray Foam

Ahoy! Take a step back and notice that you don’t have to cover the entire prop to achieve a great pirate-y look.

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes Before Painting

Any base coat will work because you’ll rough up the surface in later steps to add dimension.

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes After Base Coat

Check out the barnacle detail that you can achieve by simply adding shells during the compound stage.

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes With Barnacles and Shells

Use gray paint and a dry brush to cover the base coat for an aged, driftwood-styled finish.

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes After Dry Brushing

Here are the finished columns with other props in their shipwrecked pirate scene!

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes Finished Scene

This home haunter has a lot to smile about for continuing to expand this entire scene year after year!

Creepy Dock Piling Props For Halloween Shipwreck Scenes Creator Kim and Husband

Thank you Kim!

Images by Kim Mcintosh.

Our big thanks to Kim for sharing her creativity and making an awesome pirate-y home haunt!

Feel free to comment below to ask any question about how to create columns like these of your own.

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Frank

Frank

Frank is a contributor and editor for HallowLane.com. He has a passion for learning about and building creative outdoor Halloween displays. We invite you to send in your story and Halloween yard haunt photos so we can re-share and inspire others to get their hands dirty with a project of their own. Thank you!

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