softener bottle that has a side handle (nose). Facial features are added first, then the bottle is
mounted to a piece of pvc pipe. The totem head is then spray painted your favorite halloween color, (I chose black). BUT DON'T STOP THERE! Your totem head can be further tricked
out with light up led ping pong ball eyes and/or a mask or wig. Light up eyes make for a
cool effect at night. Make several at the same time and you can line your driveway, sidewalk or spooky path with these "sinister sentries of sorrow."
Step 1: GATHER UP THE NECESSARY MATERIALS
pipe, spray paint (black is what I used), and 2 optional ping pong balls for light up eyes if you
care to add to your totem head.
Step 2: OKAY NOW GATHER UP SOME TOOLS OR BETTER YET BORROW THE NEIGHBORS!
Step 3: MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LIGHT UP LED EYEBALL OPTION
Step 4: DRILL FACIAL FEATURES
Step 5: REMOVE HOLE CENTERS
Step 6: MOUNT TOTEM HEAD
the 1&1/2 INCH drywall screw or sheet metal screw through the predrilled holes, thereby securing the totem head to the pipe.
Step 7: SCREW MOUNTED IN PLACE
strip. You can always add a screw to each side if you need more holding power.
Step 8: DISTORT FACIAL FEATURES
Drive wooden stake in ground with the hammer 8-10 inches. Place pvc pipe with head
attached onto stake so as to stand upright. Use propane torch or similar to bathe the eye
and mouth openings with heat. The idea is to get the openings to shrivel and shrink. Keep
going until you get the look you want. You can reopen collapsed areas with a screwdriver
if the plastic is still soft.
CAUTION: BE CAREFUL WITH THE OPEN FLAME. HOT PLASTIC CAN BURN YOUR SKIN IF IT DRIPS ONTO YOUR ARM OR HAND. WORK OUTSIDE AND UPWIND TO AVOID THE SMOKE AND FUMES. IF PLASTIC CATCHES FIRE EXTINGUISH WITH A SMALL SPRAY BOTTLE OF WATER.
Step 9: PAINT AND DECORATE
helped to hide the detergent bottle decals. Add a hat, or wig and/or mask if you wish. Give your
totem head some character. Optional light up led ping pong balls are a great enhancement. I describe how to make these next.
Step 10: PING PONG BALL LIGHT UP LED EYES
the picture of the completed light assembly shown in the picture will help you..
EACH LED MUST BE WIRED TO THE CORRECT POLARITY using two conductor color
coded wire. This means the positive leads of the led's must be connected to the positive source of the battery pack and the negative leads must be connected to the negative source. (via switch). Cut two 12 inch pieces of color coded 2 conductor wire from spool of wire. I used black and white. Also cut at least seven pieces of 3/4" long shrink wrap tubing Use these pieces to insulate all your solder connections. (SLIP OVER WIRE BEFORE SOLDERING).
Start by soldering the positive (red) lead of the battery pack to the same color of one end of each of the two color coded wires. Twist the ends together to secure before soldering. This color is now the positive lead for the leds. Then solder the other color of the same end of the 2 conductor color coded wires to one pole of the toggle switch. This color is the negative lead for the led's. Again it helps to twist the ends together first before soldering. Remember the shrink wrap has to go on before soldering the connection). Solder the negative (black) lead of the battery pack to the other pole of the toggle switch. You should now have four free ends (two of each color) of the 2 conductor color coded wires to wihich you will solder the leads of the led's. Use the diagram on the led package to help you determine which lead is negative and which lead is positive. Solder the corresponding wires to the correct lead of each led. One wire connected to one lead of each led. Once again remember to slide shrink wrap over wire leads before connections are made. ( I made this mistake several times--frustrating) Slide shrink wrap tubings over the solder connections and shrink with a match or heat gun. Test to make sure connections were wired correctly. If leds do not light up they may have been soldered to the wrong polarity lead. If everything is working properly lets move on.
Step 11: CUT ACCESS HOLE IN BACK OF TOTEM HEAD
access hole in the back of the totem head to help with installation of the ping pong.ball
eyes and led/battery/switch assembly. Dremel tools with cutting bit would make quick work of this and the other holes if you have one handy.
Step 12: MOUNTING THE EYE "BALLS"
( If you are installing led lights): Through the access hole in the back of the totem head, insert the rounded end of an led into the hole of a ping pong ball. Repeat for the other led/ping pong ball. There is a small flange on the led which should stop the led from being inserted to far. If led's are loose they can be secured with a drop of hot melt glue.
Step 13: FINISHING TOUCH
aligned the eye slits in a latex mask with the ping pong balls to give this totem a "bug-eyed"
look. (see intro picture). Hit the switch and wait for the ooooohhhhs and ahhhhhhs to begin!