Introduction: Super Mario Bros. LED Mushroom Halloween Pumpkin!

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How to create your own Super Mario Brothers 1-up LED powered Pumpkin! A great change from your standard, boring Jack-o-Lantern. Brilliant idea eh?

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Step 1: Prep the Pumpkin!

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Cut the top of the pumpkin, gut it out, print out the design, tape it on the pumpkin, poke holes to out line the design. YOU KNOW THE DRILL!! :)

Step 2: Cut Out Your Mushroom!

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Using your standard mushroom carving knife, cut out your pattern. It's recommended you place foil at the bottom of the pumpkin and under the top of the lid to reflect light and thoroughly illuminate your design. Be sure to insulate your leds if you place them at the bottom to prevent them from shorting out.

Step 3: Prep the LEDs

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To increase the spread of light throughout the pumpkin, I sprayed each led with glass frosting spray paint. If you don't want to drive to Home Depot and spend $4 on that, you can always sand them with low grit sand paper (wear eye protection, i've heard of them exploding before)

Step 4: Solder the LEDs!

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I used 5 leds in each red, green, and blue. They are all 5,000 or 6,000 mcd (brightness). I then soldered them together and hooked them up to two 9 volt batteries. Only the red LEDs needed a lot of resistance (they are only 2v). Then, be sure to insulate the wires before getting them near aluminum foil.

Step 5: Finish It Up!

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Put foil in the bottom of the pumpkin. Put the leds inside. (if you want you can place a toggle switch on the outside of the pumpkin) Then, put it on your front porch and show off your Super Mario Pride!

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gdene (author)2011-10-29

Well, its ok, but thats gonna be my new gif!

MrStuff (author)2007-11-02

This is Awesome! I was inspired, so here are my pics.

ldupalco (author)MrStuff2011-06-08

Wow, it may look like an evil mushroom
But it'll do :)

Thorolf (author)MrStuff2008-10-11

he looks disgruntled

Joe426 (author)MrStuff2007-11-03

wow, very nice work. That turned out great!

MrStuff (author)Joe4262007-11-06

thank you. only difference i "angry eyes". :-) Next year I'll try Mario and company.

Joe426 (author)MrStuff2007-11-07

i definitely like the angry eyes touch. Gives it an evil feel.

nitrodude150 (author)2010-10-30

I noticed that the link for the Stencil was down, and I REALLY liked this Instructable, so I Vectorized the thing in the Pic --Here it is ^__^

and-reas (author)2009-12-06

Think it would be great if you made a 3d version of it, with holes all over it on the top :D

Arbitror (author)2009-10-23

This is pretty cool! Definitely five stars! But when I make one, I will use a star man instead of a mushroom, and make the lights change color every .1 second! Good Job!

noobie605 (author)2009-06-09

i would definetly put a greenled at the top and a white led at the bottom

SessiZ (author)2007-10-31

Hah :) not bad
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Derin (author)SessiZ2009-05-23

Saç bakımının konuyla alakasını anlamadım

Kankuro (author)2009-04-05

i want to make a metal 1!

Yerboogieman (author)2008-10-08

hey i got the same helping hands at harbor freight tools too, lol

dannosliwcd (author)2008-01-14

Hmm... Shouldn't you be wearing the glove on the hand that you are pointing the spray can at? :-p

Joe426 (author)dannosliwcd2008-01-15

yeah, i had it like that, but switched it for the picture :)

Shifrin (author)2008-01-03

1 up

oinkoinkzoopals (author)2007-11-01

dude thats auwsome

calikoala (author)2007-11-01

like, how much resistance?

Joe426 (author)calikoala2007-11-01

none. they were 5 leds - max 3.8 v they were powered by 18 volts. so...they can't burn out.

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GreenDay (author)2007-10-31

I did this today without the LEDs. It looks wicked. Good instructable man.

chuCraft (author)2007-10-30

They sell 3-color LED pumpkin lights at most stores, and while they do pretty transitions between colors, the blue and green tend to be a bit too dim once in the pumpkin. Your project is great because each color stands out equally! Also, the 1UP mushroom is a nice touch. An invincibility star could be cool, too...

Joe426 (author)chuCraft2007-10-30

Thanks for the compliment. An invincibility star would be cool, but people would think it was just a standard, normal star, which would be a bit boring. Never thought of buying a light, thats always an option if you're too lazy to solder.

Kuhan (author)2007-10-30

that is smexy-awesome

Joe426 (author)Kuhan2007-10-30

I would definitely say so

Pie_eata (author)2007-10-30

Suite, neat and original

Bran (author)2007-10-30

Haha, 1-Up! Nice job! Love it.

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