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I decided more than four years ago that I was going to have an animated tree in my haunted house, but for a while, I couldn't figure out how I was going to get it to move. I went through three prototypes before I settled on this design. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

The outside is made using a cement form, 1x2 wood pieces, and Great Stuff. There are two car vent motors moving the jaws of the skulls and limbs of the tree. The movement is similar to a FCG (flying crank ghost). Also, there are green LEDs for the tree eyes and red LEDs for the skull eyes. They glow with the use of a 555 timer. The limbs were counterbalanced to ensure the load wouldn't be too much for the motor to handle.

An MP3 player with voices wailing makes this one scary prop for Halloween. Here is a video of the finished tree. Sorry it's a little shaky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZMLl4cMC0o

 

Hi dionicia12,

This tree is very cool. My wife and I want to build a tree like yours for halloween 2015.

Could you explain the mechanism to move the jaws, please. Not the FCG, i dont understand where to place the fishing line at the skulls.

Would you help a little.

Thomas

Running Wolf2 months ago

Way cool.... trying to get a prop made for the haunt I hang out at.

mudypawz1 year ago
where do you get the skulls? I love your tree
Maryetta
dionicia12 (author)  mudypawz1 year ago
I purchased them from Pitini when they had them available for sale to customers a few years back. They havent offered them since, but I keep watching for them.
Just_Joules2 years ago
That is way too cool! Great Job!!
dionicia12 (author)  Just_Joules2 years ago
Thank you.
J-Five2 years ago
AGHHHH!
But brilliant
dionicia12 (author)  J-Five2 years ago
Thank you.
Also, you could add a smoke machine. Plus it's great for Halloween night.
bcbreakaway2 years ago
Ingenious!
dionicia12 (author)  bcbreakaway2 years ago
Thank you.
Omg, this is amazing and your very creative
danlynne072 years ago
that is so awesome. great job.
dionicia12 (author)  danlynne072 years ago
Thank you.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Wow, that is very spooky! You should include pictures when it's installed. Great work!
dionicia12 (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
I have a video of my haunt with the tree in the graveyard on Youtube from 2011.