These are Halloween versions of a the [[http://www.instructables.com/id/Eggcellent-Night-Light!/] Eggcelent Night Light! and the http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Ball/ LED Ping Pong Ball.
Step 1: Materials
- Egg(s) or ping pong ball(s)
- Needle/awl for hollowing out egg
- Orange Easter egg dye (or use red and yellow food colouring with white vinegar- you will also need a cup, spoon, paper towel and hot water)
- LED candles (I bought 3 flickering candles for $1.99)
- black craft or hobby paint
- black Sharpie
- fine paint brushes
- orange felt pen for colouring ping pong ball
- "pumpkin carving" design or template
- (finger)nail hardener or clear nail polish to make eggs a bit more durable
Step 2: Hollowing Out Egg
- Wash egg and poker(needle, awl etc)
- Gently poke* hole in bottom, and enlarge by delicately chipping around the hole.
- Poke hole in the top of the egg.
- Blow (don't suck) into the smaller hole on the top of the egg until empty, forcing the egg whites and yolk out of the larger bottom hole into a bowl.
- Rinse out the egg by running water into the larger hole and blowing out, repeat until water coming out looks clear.
*If you are having trouble poking through the shell, tap the top of the needle/awl gently with a spoon.
Step 3: Paint LED Candles
Painting the candle base black complements the Halloween colours of the eggs.
With a fine brush apply the black paint to the base of the candle, try not to get any on the flame. You may need to apply more than one coat to make it completely opaque.
Step 4: Dying Egg
You can use store bought Easter egg dyes, use food colouring or try natural colouring like Easter Eggs Dyed With Onion Skins (this would look really cool, but I'm allergic to onions so I didn't try it)
Egg Dying with food colouring
In a coffee cup, mix:
20 drops of food coloring (I used 5 drops red and 15 drops yellow)
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
3/4 cup hot water.
Allow the water cool to room temperature, immerse the egg completely in the colouring, since it is hollow and floats, you will need to hold it down with a spoon. Leave it in until the desired colour is reached. Remove from cup and place on paper towel to dry.
Step 5: Design Your Pumpkin (Egg)
Step 6: Transfering the Design to Your Egg
You can draw it free hand or you can use transfer paper if you have it. Or you can do what I did; which was to print out the design (after making sure it was the right size to fit the egg), cut it out and trace the design onto the egg.
Step 7: Paint
For one of the eggs I left most of the egg orange and did the face in black.
The egg with the ghost, I painted most of the egg black and left areas unpainted for the light to shine through, with this egg I did not bother dye the egg orange beforehand, I thought it would look okay without it.
You may require several coats to make the black completely opaque (using several coats of paint also helps make the egg harder, less fragile.)
Step 8: Using a Ping Pong Ball
To make a hole in the ball, use a nail, and insert into ball, it is easiest when you poke the hole in the seam. With a knife carve around the hole to make it large enough to fit over the light of the LED candle. (Use caution, when using these sharp objects.)
To colour the ping pong ball orange, use an orange felt pen or highlighter.
The ping pong ball I used had a logo on it so I had to work my design around it.
Step 9: Making the Egg More Durable
Be careful with the nail polish/hardener, I found that it can smudge the paint, so test it first. If this happens to you, you can apply it to the inside of the egg. To do this pour some inside and swirl it around to coat all of the inside of the egg.