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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."
 
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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!

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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

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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

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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.
corsairgryl3 years ago
Heat gun- aka paint stripper gun- would be slightly safer , no open flame and will melt plastic just as well- caution needed as well, you can get severe burns! Great instructable btw, I will use it this Halloween for sure
ugh... I hate it when people use caps lock for everything. I always fell like they're yelling at me
klokop7 years ago
Dude. Caps lock.
shams klokop5 years ago
dude why are u always looking for caps lock?so you cant read the caps lock.right?
nice...except i just used an old plastice skull and drilled the holes in it for the poingpong balls and lights...great idea though! caps is fine its just the way SOME PEOPLE TYPE.
caps lock =(
copperbanddan (author)  !Andrew_Modder!6 years ago
caps lock?
... caps lock =(
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Hhahhhahhahha!
Everyone needs to fear "caps lock", it will someday rule the universe. But until that happens I got rid of that popcorn kernel that was holding his bad self down. There, that's better.
zjharva7 years ago
WHY ARE YOU WRITING IN ALL CAPS. were you made at somebody? (lol)
copperbanddan (author)  zjharva7 years ago
Sorry, just indulged in "lazy man's type". lesson learned.
Lftndbt7 years ago
How freaky! Should do the driveway idea but with ropes to swivel poles. So they all turn in unison and watch trick or treaters walk to your door!
copperbanddan (author)  Lftndbt7 years ago
That is an excellent suggestion. I'm going to work out the mechanics to make that possible for next year's halloween. (I'm thinking of remote controlled servo operation just to add to the fun factor)