DIY Halloween Prop | Massive Life-sized Stone Portal

Jaimie and Jay build a Dark Portal, a gateway to the beyond! Crossing our fingers that no demons escape…but hey, it’s 2020, anything could happen.


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Last year we had an idea for an EPIC DIY Halloween prop….a gateway to the underworld! We spent all year thinking of how to make this insanely awesome halloween prop and we finally did it! The Dark Portal is a classic element from the Warcraft universe and we used that as part of our inspiration for this halloween prop. There are also some other video game elements in this build…the runic carvings aren’t from Warcraft, but another epic game that we love. Can you figure out what they say? 💀

How does the Dark Portal work?
It’s built entirely from XPS foam and paint, with LEDs on the inside to make the runes glow. We used a semi-transparent material on the back and then did a rear projection of a hellish VFX scene, etc. to create the interior of the portal. During the day, the fabric is taken down and then at night we project the hellscape.

We’ve made a lot of awesome DIY Halloween Props but this one is on another level, it’s absolutely EPIC. It’s a great addition to our Halloween Yard Haunt, and we’re SUPER excited for the kids trick-or-treating in the neighborhood to check it out! There’s also the added benefit of being able to travel to other dimensions and worlds from our front yard. That’s pretty good too.

2″ Insulation Foam Board
Acrylic Paints (Black, White, Brown, Green, Etc.) –
Gorilla Glue –
Drylock Masonry Sealer (Gray, if you can find it.) –
LEDs –
Semi-Transparent Fabric –
Projector –
Concrete –
Blue Tape –
1″ PVC

Utility Knife –
Heat Gun –
Paint Brushes –
Surform Tool –
Rotary Tool –
Sharpie/Marker –
Spray Bottle –
Router –
Drill –
Rasps & Files –

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Who are we?
We’re Jaimie and Jay! We’re a husband and wife team and we make stuff together. Halloween and other awesome props, woodworking, electronics, and whatever we want. We also stream on Twitch!