This is an instructable for a quick and easy lawn decoration made from any liquid detergent or
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
You will need items pictured here: liquid detergent or softener bottle (the type with side handle), a length of 1&1/2 diameter pvc pipe (4-6 feet would work fine), wooden stake that will fit inside pvc
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!
You'll need a hammer, drill, 3/32 drill bit, phillips screwdriver or drill driver bit, propane torch or similar, Exacto- type knife , 1&1/2 inch long drywall or machine screw, and optional soldering iron and hot melt glue gun to construct light up eyes option.
Step 3: MATERIALS NEEDED FOR LIGHT UP LED EYEBALL OPTION
For this added feature you will need two 2.4 to 2.6 volt led's (your choice of color--green shown in last photo), a roll of light gauge color coded two-conductor wire, solder, 1/8" diam. shrink wrap tubing, small toggle switch, and two cell AA battery holder. I bought these materials at Radio Shack for about $22.00. I spare no expense when it comes to halloween decorations. Ha ha
Step 4: DRILL FACIAL FEATURES
Using the 3/32 drill bit, drill a closely spaced holes in a circular pattern to make the outline of the eyes and mouth. Eyes are drilled at bottle corners and mouth at the base of the "nose" handle. They don't have to be perfect, the more "out-of-round" the better.