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Statues provide inspiration, remembrance, and a link to period of history. The only problem with statues is that they can't be enjoyed outside of daylight hours. However, adding red LED's in the eyes of statues makes them look diabolical, and brings the focus back to statues after the sun goes down.

Using playdough and LED's you can make any statue a creepy one. This project mashes up the How to Make playdough and LED throwie Instructables.

Here's what you need:

  • playdough
  • black ink
  • 5mm red LEDs
  • coin cell battery
  • tape

Ready to prank folks out for an evening stroll? Let's make!

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Step 1: Make playdough

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Following Canida's DIY playdough Instructable, I was able to make a neutral colour playdough in under 10 minutes.

To make your own playdough you'll need:
2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

In a large saucepan I combined all ingredients and mixed thoroughly, then put on stove over medium heat. Stir the mixture continuously until it thickens.

In Canida's words:

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.

After the playdough is the right consistency the pan was removed from the heat and the dough was turned out onto a non-stick surface and allowed to cool for about 2 minutes. The dough was then kneeded to produce a uniform and smooth consistency.

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Aiyion9 hours ago

Well, this Idea seems to be pretty cool ^^

beautiful work

GrahamAbbey24 days ago

super wonderful stuff this

Rejanblink2 months ago

or you can just get the lasers cant you

Cringojames2 months ago

creepy.. but awesome

Davementor2 months ago

respect gandhiji

StevenMccan2 months ago

thnk you .. i was looking for this

KanwarSingh2 months ago

u did spleldid job :)

HarryLaine3 months ago

like your post :)!!!!!!

indiadumbells3 months ago

awesome gandhiji

great easy to go

Alexisanchez4 months ago

gandhi statue looks awesome

Alexisanchez4 months ago

gandhi statue looks awesome

Yess nice 1

myrrhmaid4 months ago


beadeep4 months ago

very cool, the best freak ya tweaker neighbor out project statues near by, but we do have

this is incredible

Clint Dempey4 months ago

very best art

CobyUnger made it!6 months ago

Another great one Mikeasaurus. Way to go. A brilliantly simple idea. The Philadelphia University school mascot and a couple of people reading on a giant stack of books have brilliant blue eyes tonight.

mikeasaurus (author)  CobyUnger6 months ago

Nice job on those statues, love that one on the stack of books!

Enjoy the patch and 3-month Pro.

CobyUnger made it!6 months ago

Philadelphia has lots of statues. Here is Rocky Balboa with red eyes.

gravityisweak made it!7 months ago

Behold as mild mannered Lewis Temple hones his instrument of DEATH!!! I also happened to do this on the same day the local statue was "yarn bombed". Very convenient.

the first one is very creepy
mikeasaurus (author)  gravityisweak7 months ago

Whoa, with a weapon it's very creepy. Double-teaming with yarn bombing is a nice touch.

Enjoy the patch and 3-month Pro!

xMSIx7 months ago

That's a funny and also inexpensive way to create a big discussion. Somebody should do it to the Abe Lincoln statue in Washington DC.

Ryhorn12 xMSIx7 months ago

Yes, but you first. Then I'll do it.

then i will next
chakra6 months ago

there is a very fine line between creativity and being insensitive.. i wouldn't have bothered myself if it was some figure of some modern art.. but making famous personalities from the history who have given so much to our present look like some evil gargoyles is not acceptable.

either you weren't educated or you are simply sadistic!

@tokala , @Tarun Upadhyaya, - shame on you!

tokala chakra6 months ago

I'm going to adhere to the 'be nice' policy and just say you are no fun.

joris2556 months ago

If the statue is not damaged in any way, I find this really funny. I don't think this is a bad way to treat statues that, let's admit, a really small amount of people really look at. People at night will now see it from far away, be curious, and look at it again.

Of course, some people will disagree, as always. I don't find it more offending than coloring big monuments (like Tour Eiffel for the 14th of July).

databank086 months ago

Seriously? Is this what the creator of this article born for? Do something good dude, instead of insulting others. Not sure if you can ever be happy in your life no matter what you achieve. Its disgusting to have this kind of behavior and thoughts in life which is useless, time wasting. Go and do something good to respect your parents...

tokala made it!6 months ago

We went out tonight and add a little fun to the William Sefton Moorehouse statue in the Botanical Gardens, Christchurch, New Zealand. After the earthquake 3 years ago most of the statues have been taken down so we don't have many to choose from. Thanks for the idea!

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Ha ha .

I could not agree more with Mahesh_jo but the idea is very very cool.

Had this been in India, it would have probably caused political riots (I mean it)

i totally second your opinion. had this been in India, he would have gone thru hell. i suggest the author of this article change the images before this site falls into trouble from Indian viewers. the statue is of MK Gandhi, who is the father of the Indian Nation and any such photographs could cause a big issue. requesting the author of this article to pull it down and replace it immediately.



people would start to think that god has come on earth

It would have become a big media drama,and a lot of stupid pilgrims would have gathered around.

Well, you are right. i totally agree with you! but i am not feeling about doing it on gandhi ji cause he is what he is so we should not make him look like a devil.

It would become a sacred site of pilgrimage developing the economy of the town beside it. The day the battery runs out is the day of 'kalyug'.

Ha ha, that might be a possibility too :D

mzions7 months ago

Argh, that "I Made It" button is taunting me. I need an "I Almost Made It."

I had the perfect plan for this project, a killer app. My college campus has vast lawns which tempt geese to land, so the school installed silhouettes of large dogs to discourage birds. And the entire campus is encircled by a single road, from which the dogs are clearly visible.

So who doesn't want demonic hellhounds dotting the grounds? Amirite?

I mapped out the dog locations last week, ordered the LEDs and batteries over the weekend, and assembled the red eyes yesterday. I changed the project a bit, aiming for more durability. Instead of dough I taped the LED leads down, stuck a magnet on the back of each battery, and dipped the whole thing into liquid rubber. Then, as the rubber set, I looked up the expected sunset time.

At dusk, I headed out - but there were no dogs! I drove a wide circle, not a single statue in sight. My statues were removed while I worked!

Kind of surreal, actually. I hadn't planned around the statues leaving me. Now I have a handful of beautiful glowing eyes stuck to my refrigerator.

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