Super Mario Bros. LED Mushroom Halloween Pumpkin!

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Intro: Super Mario Bros. LED Mushroom Halloween Pumpkin!

How to create your own Super Mario Brothers 1-up LED powered Pumpkin! A great change from your standard, boring Jack-o-Lantern. Brilliant idea eh?

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Step 1: Prep the Pumpkin!

Cut the top of the pumpkin, gut it out, print out the design, tape it on the pumpkin, poke holes to out line the design. YOU KNOW THE DRILL!! :)

Step 2: Cut Out Your Mushroom!

Using your standard mushroom carving knife, cut out your pattern. It's recommended you place foil at the bottom of the pumpkin and under the top of the lid to reflect light and thoroughly illuminate your design. Be sure to insulate your leds if you place them at the bottom to prevent them from shorting out.

Step 3: Prep the LEDs

To increase the spread of light throughout the pumpkin, I sprayed each led with glass frosting spray paint. If you don't want to drive to Home Depot and spend $4 on that, you can always sand them with low grit sand paper (wear eye protection, i've heard of them exploding before)

Step 4: Solder the LEDs!

I used 5 leds in each red, green, and blue. They are all 5,000 or 6,000 mcd (brightness). I then soldered them together and hooked them up to two 9 volt batteries. Only the red LEDs needed a lot of resistance (they are only 2v). Then, be sure to insulate the wires before getting them near aluminum foil.

Step 5: Finish It Up!

Put foil in the bottom of the pumpkin. Put the leds inside. (if you want you can place a toggle switch on the outside of the pumpkin) Then, put it on your front porch and show off your Super Mario Pride!

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    gdene

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Well, its ok, but thats gonna be my new gif!

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    MrStuffJoe426

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    thank you. only difference i "angry eyes". :-) Next year I'll try Mario and company.

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    nitrodude150

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I noticed that the link for the Stencil was down, and I REALLY liked this Instructable, so I Vectorized the thing in the Pic --Here it is ^__^

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3237444/Mario_Stencil.eps

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    and-reas

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Think it would be great if you made a 3d version of it, with holes all over it on the top :D

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    Arbitror

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is pretty cool! Definitely five stars! But when I make one, I will use a star man instead of a mushroom, and make the lights change color every .1 second! Good Job!

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    noobie605

    9 years ago on Introduction

    i would definetly put a greenled at the top and a white led at the bottom

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    dannosliwcd

    10 years ago on Step 3

    Hmm... Shouldn't you be wearing the glove on the hand that you are pointing the spray can at? :-p

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    Joe426dannosliwcd

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    yeah, i had it like that, but switched it for the picture :)