Yer my kind of guy--a DIYer. Keep us posted with photos of the results.
“A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.” Alan Ladd as "Shane," 1953.
In summer months i would stand with a tree or trees as my background or amongst low lying bushes using a reversible (green side out0 military WW2 poncho...keeping the face covered and hands and shooting at the last second when they are in too close to effectively get away.
You can get camouflage burlap or whatever material it is and wrap yourself in it or cut out openings for your arms.....that is the cheap way out and you can find that military stuff they use to cover vehicles or cannon with-not sure what it is called. The trick is wear brown or green underneath it..and bingo you should be in business....those $5.00 brown cotton jersey gloves are great for your hands...you can get face camouflage pretty cheap too....whether as a mosquito netting or just use that tube stuff....
The best gun is always the one you have with you!
"If money can fix it, it ain't broke" The great theologian and my crow hunting partner AW.
Just a thought: you mentioned the potential for it blowing about too much. That made me think of event banners stretched above streets. They usually have slits or partial flaps cut into them to reduce their blowing about. Consider that mod if flapping becomes too much of a problem.
Here are a few pictures of my semi-portable blinds. The sheet spray painting was too much effort for me, so I bought camo material -- some actual blind material and some great hardwood pattern at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Then, I stapled to 6 ft. furring strips - they were about 60 cents for 8 footers - I cut down to 7 foot at an angle so they have a point, and end up with a 1 foot stake for tying down with camo ropes as needed to sturdy them.
I also take some of wife's tall grasses once they are dead for the season and weave and zip tie them into the material to give them pre-brushed in look. I did cut semi-circles into the purchased fabric for wind flow.
I've got about four of these, about 10 feet long when they're done and I can roll them up. I can set them up ahead of time and brush them in better, or carry in over my shoulder and brush in in the field. About the right size for 1-2 hunters.
More brushing in the better. My problem is that I usually don't hunt crows until after deer season in mid December through end of March, and there is little to brush in with -- mostly bare hedgerows and edges of woods, and the crows are more educated by then. I want to try some September hunting this year while there is better cover and dumber birds!
A SUPER 90 and a crow in range, life is good. A good sandwich and bag of M&Ms doesnt hurt either.
Patterns look pretty good. You also might consider checking out some of the recycle sites they have on Yahoo. People are looking for someone to take their stuff that is still good but they do not want the hassle of selling it. Got a working toaster oven that way for curing paint on my jig heads. But drop cloths might be around and they are definitely thicker might already have some pattern on it already too.
When you talked about how the sheet got stiffer when you painted it, you reminded me of something that some people did back where there was not all this high tech or customized hunting clothes. They would get their hunting pants and paint the front of the leg so that it would stiffen it so that they would act like chaps do. Never tried it as we would just wear long johns under our pants and hope the stickers did not hurt too much. When I think about how much things have changed I wonder how our young ones will get along if things ever get really tough.
"When you have shot one bird flying, you have shot all bird's flying. ...the sensation is the same, and the last one is as good as the first." E. Hemingway "Fathers and Sons"
How many bandits have perished thanks to your new cam0?
"There is never a wrong time to do the right thing"
Just how I like them "low and slow"