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This Halloween, I turned a giant cabbage, an LED flashlight and a Christmas ornament into a gnarled wizard's staff that shines with an eerie moonish g...
Materials 6' long dried cabbage stem Clear plastic spherical Christmas ornament Upholstery stuffing LED flashlight or similar (I used this little 9 LE...
Er, yes. The staff is made from the dried stem of a walking stick cabbage. They take about a year to grow to 8 ft long. They are one crazy vegetable, ...
I used the base of the cabbage stem as the top of my staff. The other end was not woody all the way through - instead, it has a fibrous center (see pi...
Trim the cabbage stem to length, and bore a hole with a spade bit in one end, the same size and depth as the head of your flashlight. Cut out a hole p...
Take your flashlight apart. Discard the tubular aluminum body and lanyard. Drill a hole through the side at the end with the LEDs. Solder one wire to ...
Carve out a cavity for the battery pack at the end of the hole you drilled down through the top. You want a reasonably snug fit.
Drill a hole below the battery pack cavity, just large enough for the pushbutton switch. It should overlap slightly - there will be a friction contact...
I just cut a hole of the right size in a clear plastic spherical Christmas ornament (I`m sure a knife would work; I used a ridiculously overpowered po...
Use hot glue to decorate the top of the staff and the orb, then dress it up with metallic paint. The staff can be sanded - we`ve made other staves tha...
Give the staff to your favorite wizard or witch, so they can trick or treat armed and illuminated... Thanks to Caitlinsdad, who had the excellent ide...
I found on the day of Halloween that the flashlight hack works well for other props, too. At 1 pm, my smallest son decided he needed a blaster for his...
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