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finish1 2 DIY: Crush Room

Here is a project that will really impress the neighborhood kids. It’s a “Crush Room”, complete with spikes, skulls and blood! What else do you need for Halloween? Oh yeah, candy!

The point of this room (pun intended) was to get the kids into a closed room, then have spikes emerge from the ceiling and have the ceiling start to lower downward. It required a sturdy 4′ x 7′ x 10′ frame, thirteen carved foam-cast skulls, 26 flexible foam spikes and a false ceiling. I almost gave up on the project because, of all things, I couldn’t find a good way to make the spikes. Eventually, I figured out a way that worked. The finished room was a big hit and really creepy. Well worth the effort.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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