Introduction: Mac-O-Lanterns

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This Halloween season, bring an old computer back from the dead. Here's all you need to turn that dusty old Mac Classic into a glowing, Halloween treat. Besides a working computer and a little technical know-how (very little), all you need is three cans of spray paint and a bit of epoxy. And here's the best slimy guts to clean out!

Step 1: Paint the Entire Body Orange.

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Give your old Mac a nice cleaning and then mask off the screen with tape. We used clear shipping tape. For the painting, we used Krylon Fusion Pumpkin Orange spray paint. We started with another type of paint, but it didn't adhere very well. The Fusion line is made especially for plastic and worked great.

Step 2: Paint the Mouse Brown for a Stem.

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We used Krylon Fusion Satin Espresso.

Step 3: Cut the Keyboard Cord Into Leaf and Vine Sections and Paint Them Green.

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We used Krylon Fusion Hunter Green.

Step 4: Let the Paint Dry Completely.

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Preferably overnight.

Step 5: Attach the Mouse and Cord Pieces With Epoxy.

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Put a vine on each side of the stem.

Step 6: Create Your Face.

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We made ours in Illustrator and then turned it into a JPEG through Photoshop. We had to dig around a bit, but we found an old external floppy drive and transferred the artwork via disk.

Step 7: Display Your Face.

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We downloaded JPEGView from The Mac Orchard and have multiple faces rotating on the screen like a slide show. Feel free to add animation or bring sound into the mix. Here's your chance to show off your old-school programming skills.


lucasisawesome (author)2016-01-31

This computer cost about $10,000 at the time. Save it and sell it in the future when you are done making it.

NamedJohnny (author)2014-10-21

this is simply genius! I love it

chall32 (author)2014-01-24

i honestly think it is a good thing its recycling old tech with a cool theme espically if your a nerd and love halloween

sprinkles68 (author)2012-10-07

These are super neat! If only it was easier to find a working vintage mac computer!

lane29 (author)2009-10-07

how dare u ruin a perfectly good apple

ThaNorwegianDude (author)lane292009-10-21

how dare u buy a mac in the first place... every one knows that windows is waaaaaaay better ;)

Yes, well, in 1984 when the original Macintosh came out, there was no such thing as Windows. I think you will be hard pressed to prove that DOS was superior to a Mac.

jzone3 (author)ThaNorwegianDude2010-10-27

windows sux


lol owned

sent from my macbook

zye (author)ThaNorwegianDude2010-07-27

Linux is the way to go.

j.e.s.1 (author)zye2010-09-12

ipad is the best

j.e.s.1 (author)ThaNorwegianDude2010-09-12

linex is the beeeeeessssst!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yerboogieman (author)lane292009-10-18

Technically, if you get a new keyboard and mouse, it works fine..

lane29 (author)2009-11-28

i just like old apple computers

codongolev (author)2009-09-03

BWAHAHAHAHA it's great.

harpek (author)2009-08-01

*ADORABLE* I reposted this as a cool thing on my blog!

Fusebox (author)2008-12-04

Not a dumb question. You will also need a mouse for turning it on and off. We have extra mice so it's not a problem. You can get a USB/5-pin adapter so you can use your current computer mouse for that purpose.

mstencel (author)2008-12-04

Ok, hope this isn't a dum-b question, but don't you need the mouse to load/start JPEG View off the floppy? It's been many years, since I've messed with JPV, so I can't remember...

Mr. Twist (author)2008-11-03

Holy bejeebajabbers I didn't even notice that was the mouse until i actualy read it....wierd.

Zero_Xavier (author)2008-10-27

Be careful that you do not accidentally use an old Mac that is valuable! My brother almost killed an old rare Macintosh Plus that has all the original creators signatures inside. AKA : Worth $$$$$!!!

mcguinty (author)Zero_Xavier2008-11-01

I own a Macintosh plus with the signatures inside. They're in raised plastic on the inside. How much would that be worth?

Zero_Xavier (author)mcguinty2008-11-01

That I think, may be a duplicate, I am not sure though. My brother's Mac Plus has a metal outside case (the top that slides off) with the signatures engraved into it. Like with one of those hand held metal etchers/engravers. Like you would use to engrave your name into your water canteen. I heard some where that they are worth in the 10s of 1,000s of dollars. My brother found his at the hospital when he was helping clean their storage area in boy scouts. They let him keep the computer for doing the work. I will contact Apple Computers and find out and info I can, I will post what they send me.

INVADER SCOOGE (author)2008-10-13

Cool instrucable, but where could i get one of these?

OnePrettyThing (author)2008-10-09

This is WAY freaking cute! I love that these little guys inspire so many projects. i'll be linking to this in my next halloween Roundup.

Yerboogieman (author)2008-10-01

i should do this to my laptop...

altomic (author)2008-10-01

I live in australia where we don't practise devil worshipping in such a way as Halloween.* (we believe good old animal sacrifice) anyway - cool Idea. *yeah, I know halloween is a pagan ritual. just ragging on you.

Fusebox (author)2008-09-09

Thanks for all the great feedback, everyone.

Due to popular demand, I have uploaded the JPEG faces onto my Flickr account. Feel free to download and use.

scs68 (author)Fusebox2008-09-26

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!

herbvee (author)2008-09-23

Anybody know where to get animated tools w/ sound. I am doing this to a Classic II.

scs68 (author)2008-09-09

This is FANTASTIC! I'd like to try it on my old Mac, but I'm no artist. Any chance you could post or email the jpegs?

hyspirit (author)2008-09-08

Very cool.

ThomasR142 (author)2008-09-06

thats is the best frekin thing i'v seen on here.

HammyHavoc (author)2008-04-15

Apple pwns. Apple pwns harder at Halloween [:

Amen Brother

=SMART= (author)HammyHavoc2008-06-15


shammallamaman (author)2008-08-09

i think you could have done something much cooler with these old macs, but i guess it is ok

T-K (author)2008-08-09

I'm making this right now, shaking the spray paint can. Finally I have a use for that old Mac SE shell in the garden shed after salvaging the parts.

=SMART= (author)2008-06-19

my local stationers still sells floppy disks, the guy who runs it is a bit of a geek and i think he thinks its funny :D

Arbitror (author)2008-06-09


Pocket Universe (author)2007-11-28

This totally rocks, suddenly a Mac Classic goes from being an oversized paperweight to being something really useful (useful being a fairly loose term here)! I'll have to convince my friend to do this to his Mac next year (since I don't have one myself). Great job.

Bartboy (author)Pocket Universe2008-06-09

it works with windows!

plazmaonu (author)2008-01-01

whoa I actually still have that computer!

saad_3122000 (author)2007-12-18

Very cool idea

adamvan2000 (author)2007-11-04

How on earth did you find an external 3.5" drive?!?!?! (j/k Same place you found the macs, I'm guessing :) )

eadaein (author)adamvan20002007-11-18

Some of us geeks hold on to this stuff, or come across it at old yard sales, eBay etc. then we hord it until the day comes when someone posts an awesome hack for us to try out. I cant wait to drag out my stuff and try this... so many cool things, so little time

johnburg (author)2007-11-12

Cool. If only I could paint the Mac lab here orange for October.

Doctor What (author)2007-11-09

That is bitchin'! I totally want one!!! And a pickle.

firepoi02 (author)2007-11-04


lanternfish (author)2007-11-03

Simply brilliant fun!

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