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scarygoat
02-23-2012, 04:23 PM
Hi,

I am considering creating my own curtain maze this year and I am wondering if anyone knows of a material that can act as a substitute for the vinyl. As much as I like the vinyl, it's a bit too expensive for our budget, so a cheaper alternative would be nice.

The theme is Carnival-ish, so if the material was red/white striped that would be cool, but any color would work as long as it works with the Carnival type atmosphere. I guess maybe normal old, treated fabric could be an option, but does anyone know of a place to buy a lot of it on the cheap?

Thanks,
Jake

Dman
02-23-2012, 07:47 PM
I believe that I read somewhere that George Maser has a cheaper yet durable alternative.

Dan Augusto
Owner Tombstone Productions

Allen H
02-23-2012, 09:32 PM
How about the grey or black land scaping material? $40 for a 100ft x 4ft roll at home depot.

Blade-of-the-moon
02-24-2012, 08:37 PM
How about the grey or black land scaping material? $40 for a 100ft x 4ft roll at home depot.

You mean the rough material you use to keep weeds out ? I think that material is too thin and tears easily...we used big rolls of it for a cantaloupe garden a few years back.

The vinyl is expensive but I think it's the best bet..maybe you can get it in a thinner, cheaper grade ?

Would tarps stretched between poles work for you ?

Allen H
02-24-2012, 09:21 PM
Yup, same stuff. It does not tear that easily. I have never had a curtain made from it not last 30 days ;)

storm
02-24-2012, 09:22 PM
We have had sucess using burlap. It's inexpensive and durable. It's one of the things we have a lot of acess too at the farm, well that and weedmat, which also works well.

Blade-of-the-moon
02-25-2012, 01:59 AM
Yup, same stuff. It does not tear that easily. I have never had a curtain made from it not last 30 days ;)

The stuff we bought must have been a cheaper grade..it tore..not super easy, but enough I could see people tearing there way through it...and it wasn't solid in appearance either that I recall.

I did save some we pulled up used for ship sails on a wrecked pirate vessel for the season..by the end the wind and weather had shredded it pretty well though.

JailRock
02-25-2012, 07:44 AM
I know a guy who contacted a billboard sign company. The company gave him an old vinyl/canvas like sign. They are very large. He took the sign, cut it into strips,and painted the backside of it (the front side obviously was advertising something)....If not the sign company themselves, ask the company who bought the sign if they have any old ones available. Car dealerships come to mind.....Just throwing out there as an option.

Blade-of-the-moon
02-25-2012, 05:02 PM
I know a guy who contacted a billboard sign company. The company gave him an old vinyl/canvas like sign. They are very large. He took the sign, cut it into strips,and painted the backside of it (the front side obviously was advertising something)....If not the sign company themselves, ask the company who bought the sign if they have any old ones available. Car dealerships come to mind.....Just throwing out there as an option.

That's cool..I think all the signs around here are a paper-like material. It does remind me that I heard companies that make canvas tents and the like will sell scrap canvas to you...but that stuff can be HEAVY.

Jim Warfield
02-25-2012, 08:38 PM
bought a bunch of very cheap, thin doors, brand new for 25cents each. Made the maze and not one door got kicked in until maybe three years had passed and I am open every night of the year.
Your results may vary depending upon your type of customer and if you scare them into your thin doors or not.. don't scare them into the thin doors. There. I said it. Now you know.
Being at the right place at the right time and driving a pick up truck or knowing where to get a truck quickly and getting the truck with a trailer hitch plus a trailer all helps with the positive outcome of your safari too!

hauntedkimmy
02-25-2012, 09:20 PM
In my area we have a few lumberyards that wrap their wood for transport in a tyvek type tarping. This usually gets discarded at the final destination. I would try either the lumberyards or dtore like home depot that might remove the tarping and just toss it. Home depot and lowes also gives away carpet rolls if you need them!!! For free!

scarygoat
02-26-2012, 02:16 PM
Thanks everyone! I've got some ideas now. Really appreciate all the suggestions!

Wellinton
02-27-2012, 05:34 AM
A Hotel gave us 30 old King size sheets last year. Party Stores sell 100 foot rolls of Wedding table cloths all colors under $20.
Coffee Roasting shops gave us 90 burlap sacks. I buy cheap drop sheets all year long at 2nd hand shops.
Storage is a huge problems, so we will stick to fabric walls and ceilings for now.

scarygoat
02-27-2012, 01:01 PM
How strong is the wedding table cloth?

Wellinton
02-27-2012, 01:47 PM
The tablecloths are about the same strength as garbage bags. We never had anyone go through them. We pull it snug and staple it to our wood framed walls. In the US, I've seen them in the Party City Stores, black, brown, grey, red, purple....all colours. I am always so happy I bought them early in the year. You won't find any dark colours in Oct. They are life saving when you find a hall that needs covering and you only have a few days to set up.

Blade-of-the-moon
02-27-2012, 06:23 PM
A Hotel gave us 30 old King size sheets last year. Party Stores sell 100 foot rolls of Wedding table cloths all colors under $20.
Coffee Roasting shops gave us 90 burlap sacks. I buy cheap drop sheets all year long at 2nd hand shops.
Storage is a huge problems, so we will stick to fabric walls and ceilings for now.

We've been starting to do the same, replacing walls with material..so much heavy wood and my back isn't getting any younger. ;)

Is that wedding cloth actual cloth or a type of plastic ? Any idea what the height is ?

Wellinton
02-27-2012, 06:53 PM
The 100 foot rolls of plastic wedding tablecloth is 40 inches wide. Party City's website says $16.99 per roll. We have to pay $30 a roll in Canada because we do not have a Party City.
http://www.partycity.com/product/black+plastic+table+cover+roll+100ft.do?sortby=our Picks&pp=60&size=all&page=2&navSet=109884

Most of our plastic is replaced with sheets now and we have noticed a huge difference. Sounds are muffled much better now.
We stapled torn burlap over the black plastic last year.12252

Dark Scares
02-27-2012, 10:33 PM
We use felt. Purchased it all with a 40% off coupon. It has held up with no problems for the past two years, and comes in tons of colors.

spookhaven
02-28-2012, 04:51 PM
We did it once and used non-woven material. It's white and you cut the strips. We layered it and ppl loved it. Got a bit dirty at the bottom but it doesn't tear. Do you have a diaper factory around? That is where I got mine. You can get it real cheap. Check a surplus outlet. I think it cost us 40.00 to make a 20 room maze.

Blade-of-the-moon
02-28-2012, 07:22 PM
I'd love to see more pics of what everyone uses.

We are considering moving our tent haunt to a wooded location and adding some larger open-aired areas that will have walls but I would like to keep the carnival theme going.

spong8
03-05-2012, 08:17 PM
I think any form of ripstop fabric could be an alternative. It is the type of fabric found on sails and camping gear. I think a curtain maze with gobos of silhouettes of people on the other side projected on some of the curtains could add a bit of anticipation and distraction to a maze. Just a thought on the maze idea itself. If you are really on a tight budget Goodwill sometimes has fabric and try dumpster diving. You never know if you'll find more then just fabric doing that. You might find a homeless guy looking for a girl named Crystal! if you do find yourself in that situation, send that person to Martin Luther King Street, they'll find what they need.

Going back to Goodwill for a second, depending on the theme, I think sewed together tshirt that are all grunged and soiled up could be a unique twist and added ambiance to a haunt like the ever popular psycho-billy or general murder themed haunt.

spookjj
03-05-2012, 09:56 PM
would the fire marshalls frown on using this type of fabric the wedding cloth? outdoors np, but, indoors you really can't fire protect it