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I was late off the block for Halloween this year, and only decided yesterday to pass out candy. I wanted a clear signal for trick-or-treaters that my house was open for business, and I didn’t want to spend any money. This is my last-minute solution.

The glass globe is actually white; the orange color comes from the CFL “bug light” inside. I drew the face on free-hand, with a Sharpie, then filled it in with pieces of black electrical tape trimmed to shape, in place, with a hobby knife. Electrical tape works great for this because it’s elastic enough to smooth down against a round surface. The leftover sharpie marks were easily cleaned off with a paper towel and a dab of rubbing alcohol.

The result was much better than I expected. If I weren’t ineligible, I’d probably enter it in the Halloween contest “decor” category. There are a few more pics in my Flickr set.

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.



  1. Anonymous says:

    You are one clever and resourceful fellow, Mr. Ragan.

  2. I just used a $1 jackolantern basket thing from walmart to cover my outdoor lamp.