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timon
02-08-2013, 06:34 PM
I found a good low cost material to make your yard look like it's covered with snow.

The material comes from the Upholstery Supply stores. Its Polyester LowMelt Fiber 3/4 Oz wrap, sometimes called Kodel Rolls, use as a cover on upholstery. It comes in 30", 54" and 72" wide 30 yard rolls. In my area the cost is around $30 for 30", $54 for 54" and yes you guessed it $72 for 72".

Basically you mark where all of your props will be located, run all of the wires, lay down the fake snow, you stake it down with cut white coat hangers bent into a "U", covering all of the wires and then connect all of the props. That way they props are on top of the snow. When you place props or stake it down the material looks like the snow has melted around them. It's a cool look.

Don't worry about water, in fact water makes this look even better. The polyester holds some of the water which refracts the light making it look like fresh fallen snow. Again giving it a cool look. So let your sprinklers do their job.

Don't worry about the grass as enough light will get through. People in my area use this and the grass is in good shape when it's all removed.

This is a yearly expense since it's not worth trying to save it for the next season, just toss it in the recycle bin.

Here are some pictures from some displays near by. I think they look great even though they didn't hid the wires as well as they could have.

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=18108&d=1360362039

http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=18107&d=1360361510

JackFrost
02-08-2013, 07:58 PM
How to cover your yard in fake snow that looks good

:w00t: no need for worries about fake snow around here ... but , hey ... VERY good ( make that EXCELLENT idea ! ) and looks GREAT in the pics as well !

olingerjccj
02-08-2013, 08:57 PM
I really like your display. Thanks for the snow tip it really looks cool. I just may incorporate that for this year.

John

Traneman
02-08-2013, 09:04 PM
OOOO I wish I could use fake snow here,the real stuff is such a pain in the the back.

Great Idea.

timon
02-08-2013, 09:06 PM
Glad you like them but there not mine. They're located about a half mile from me. That we're I found out how to do the for 2013.

n8huntsman
02-09-2013, 01:06 AM
I actually took a few pics as I was removing my snow to show how the grass looked. First year I've done this so I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to find 120" rolls in the garment district in LA for about $80. And IIRC, they were 45 yards? I found this useful when searching for batting: http://www.villagequiltworks.com/image_info/UltimateBattingChart.pdf
I looked for the thickest stuff I could find. There was cheaper stuff, but it was thinner. I can't remember the exact place but it was someehere in this vicinity: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=garment+district+los+angeles&ll=34.037022,-118.254942&spn=0.000013,0.004892&fb=1&gl=us&hq=garment+district&hnear=0x80c2c75ddc27da13:0xe22fdf6f254608f4,Los+An geles,+CA&cid=0,0,14741294708534113388&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=34.036906,-118.254766&panoid=jWXeeiHrzRURr_s1XKZOtw&cbp=12,22.67,,3,11.27

There were a ton of places that carried similar stuff. Walk around and find what works for you.

dirknerkle
02-09-2013, 01:40 AM
Fantastic look, guys. Well done!

frederic
02-09-2013, 01:38 PM
If it's cold enough, you can make real snow by merging the output of a pressure washer and an air compressor:

How to make it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_mdDbt_1Vc

In operation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOYtjfxA7nw

Not my videos.

A friend of mine cobbled together an all-in-one machine that has an air compressor head and a power washer head, both driven by a trio of V-belts from an 18-20 HP horizontal engine he got off some kind of dead yard machine.

Shubb
02-09-2013, 02:33 PM
18118Depending on the conditions you can get a couple years out of it. The lower positions on this pagoda get dirty faster so they get moved to the roof after the first year. After 3 years it is worthless though.
It does give a neat effect when lights are under it also.

Scott

timon
02-09-2013, 11:09 PM
Tell us more about the pagoda, it looks cool.

Shubb
02-10-2013, 01:31 AM
Timon,

The Pagoda is located on 5th street in Oxnard at the Downtown Plaza Park. They have been putting on a synchronized Christmas show for about 8 years. About 80 channels of LOR and about 20,000 lights. The show consist of 12 minutes of musical sequences starting every 15 minutes filled with a couple minutes of static lights. (Good for photo's)
They wanted to get into the RGB Led's lights so they bought some equipment and lights from me, but did not have time to assemble them or add them to the sequences. They ask me to help out and I was giving a total of 3 days to install all the RGB ribbons, wire them and the controllers and sequence them.
There was a total of 10 digital ribbons and 5 dumb strips wired to an E681 and LOR DC card.
I was only able to get 4 songs done by the start up night, but without tooting my own horn they came out pretty good!

Here is a picture of the static lights.

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Eurisko
10-22-2013, 04:39 AM
Anyone else had any luck finding where to buy Polyester LowMelt Fiber?

Mdvanness
11-26-2013, 12:09 AM
Can't find this stuff anywhere. Anyone have any other ideas for a fake snow yard?