Jump Scare Box (cheap and Easy)


About: I graduated from Cardonald College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 1999. He has worked as a Tattoo Artist, Community Artist, and Freelance Artist ever since. I like making instructables that ...

Halloween is just around the corner* and in this instructable i am going to show you how to make a cheap and easy jump scare box for your haunted house (or just living room table)

There are no hard to use tools or expensive materials for this one and it takes less than 5 mins to do.

*I know I'm posting this in September but if Tescos can put out their Christmas stock now then dammit we can do Halloween stuff


What you will need:

A box with a hinged lid.

A set of wind up chattering teeth

A lollipop stick (or anything that will hold the teeth apart)

A ruler

A pen

And some tape

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Step 1: Taking Care of Your Teeth

Place the lollipop in between the wind up teeth so that it sits not to far down (my set of teeth and a small hinge/lip that accommodated the lollipop nicely)

Using the side of the box and the ruler mark of the length of lollipop needed to reach the top of the box. You dont need to be too accurate because we are going to cut the lollipop to be shorter than the mark to allow for the thickness of the lid and base.

cut of the lollipop and attach it to the lid with some tape. Try to make sure there are no bits of tape that may catch the teeth.

Step 2: The Set Up

Wind up the teeth and hold them apart as you slide it over the lollipop stick.

Carefully close the box holding the teeth in place so the dont slide off.

Make a scary note (optional) or even some fake blood dripping from inside.


The video below doesn't do the noise this one makes justice but it works well ;)

I hope you enjoyed this instructable and as always, thoughts, comments and even photos of your own jump scare boxes are welcome in the comments section below.

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    5 Discussions


    7 days ago

    Wonderful! I love these types of fast projects that are effective and don't require a 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC machine. Well done sir!

    1 reply
    Barry Neesonuglygolfcart

    Reply 7 days ago

    Thank you, I try to keep my indestructibles as accessible as possible because i know not everyone (myself included) has access to that type of equipment


    8 days ago

    Very interesting, although I hope you don't mind me suggesting maybe springloading it with a walking chattering teeth? I think that would be a little more jump scare-ish. But it's a really cool concept

    1 reply
    Barry Neesonsamham001

    Reply 7 days ago

    I dont mind at all : ) To hand i only had a small set of chattering teeth with the feet that I had used for a previous instructable and they didn't work as well for that size of box.

    It would look/work even better if the box was front opening, like a locker, then when triggered the teeth would look like they are coming at you

    Also just realised that I am in a work environment where i have multiple stiles and sizes of chattering teeth. This makes me happy