Light Up Ghosts




Introduction: Light Up Ghosts

This is an instructable on how to create LED powered ghosts for Halloween decorations. I came up with this idea while decorating our front yard for Halloween and I thought how great it would be to have little ghosts that lit up. These are powered with an old ATX power supply using the 12V signal.

Step 1: Gather the Materials

3 LEDs - I decided on 3 LED's in parallel, the ones I had are 3mm, 10000mcd with a water clear lens (which I will sand to help diffuse the light).

150 Ohm Resistor - This value depends on the LEDs you are using, your power supply and what's available at your local store.

Christmas Ornament - Used to form the head of the ghost. I found these at Hobby Lobby, these are opaque to help diffuse the light.

White cloth - Used to cover the ornament to create the ghost.

1/4" square wooden dowels - these are used to create the skeleton of the ghosts. It will hold the LED and the ornament.

Glue. (Yellow wood glue for the dowel, hot glue for the ghost assembly)

Soldering equipment (Soldering iron, solder, helping hands, etc)

Power supply - I'm using an old ATX power supply but you can use whatever you have available.

Some copper wiring.

Wire Strippers/cutters.

Knife/Saw - To cut the wooden dowels.

Heat shrink tubing (Optional)

Breadboard for testing the circuit (optional)

Step 2: Assemble the Circuit

Connect the 3 LEDs together in parellel, matching the anode and cathode legs together.

Then add the resistor to the anode leg.

Next, add a segment of copper wire to the resistors and another segment of copper wire to the cathode leg.

Finally, heat shrink your soldering to help protect it from the elements.

Step 3: Build the Ghost Skeleton

I cut my dowel down to about 20"

Then I cut two small segments about 1" long.

Glue these two pieces about 1" down from the end of the dowel on opposite sides of the dowel.

This going to create the neck of the ghost so that the ornament has some place to rest and this will also allow you to position the LED's closer to the middle to help evenly diffues the light to create a more even glow.

Step 4: Add the Circuit to the Skeleton

Now take the LED circuit that you have created and put it on the skeleton.

Place the circuit on the same end of the dowel as the neck as in the previous step and place the wires so that it straddles the dowel and glue the wires to the dowel to hold it in place.

I have bent the two outside LEDs to help spread the light around.

Step 5: Cover the Ornament

Take a section of cloth and cover the ornament with the hole facing straight down, this is where the lights will go in.

I covered the ornament and tied it off with a piece of string and then super glued the string down to hold it together.

Before you cover the ornament you could also paint a face on it so that it will shine through the material.

Step 6: Assemble the Ghost

Once the glue has dried now you can add the ornament onto the top of the skeleton.

I tried yellow glue but it wasn't strong enough, so I just used the hot glue.

Connect the power and you're ready to go.

Step 7: Oh the Possibilities

This is just a basic instruction to create a ghost.

There are so many other possibilities you could create with a photo resistor, ir sensor, solid state controller, 555 timer, different color LEDs, etc.

Hope you enjoyed this instructable.

Thanks for looking!

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    Lord Craftor
    Lord Craftor

    2 years ago on Step 7

    Reminds me of the Magic: The Gathering Card called Niblis of Frost.


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    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    I don't know what you are saying, try using spellcheck.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Good for you. Where's your instructable?


    I think this idea is great. I'm kinda new with LED lights so I will make a circut with a toggle switch with the light inside a ping pong ball(Head) cover with kleenex and a rubber band. Your idea is WAY better though.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your comment, I had originally thought of using a ping pong ball but they didn't seem large enough. Good Luck!


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    I'm probably just going to put them in the window, so they don't have to be so big.


    14 years ago on Step 2

    Yadda, Yadda, Yadda ........... Why NOT put the exact Circuit / Wiring Diagram for the NOT-SO-CLEVER regarding soldering of the LEDs, Resistor and the Power Source [ Battery ] Terminals. Interesting project but nurny, nurny, noor noor .....without the Circuit / Wiring Diagram. Please, please, .........ADD the same.


    Reply 14 years ago on Step 2

    Thanks for the comments, I have added a circuit diagram.