I am so excited to show this to you guys! I posted on Facebook the other day saying I was spray painting a TV for my next project. That aroused some curiosity :) Last year I was watching CNN, right around Halloween time, and they had this really cool pumpkin television sitting on the counter right behind the anchor desk. I would love to give credit to the mastermind behind this Jack O’Lantern TV, but I was unable to find anything except for the transcript of that show that I was watching. There’s a snippet is at the very bottom of the transcript that says someone named Karen came up with the idea and that she even sells them. I’m sorry Karen, I couldn’t find anything on CNN’s blog about it or anywhere else, but thank you for the inspiration!
(As you can see, I have done my best to credit the creator and my inspiration for this project. It’s always important to give credit to a source and link back whenever possible when you make something you find somewhere else.)
Other than painting the TV, I don’t know how Karen made her face. I chose to use vinyl. You could paint it or even use a Sharpie permanent marker. Black paper decoupaged on would work too, or maybe even electrical tape!
Here’s what I did:
First you need an old TV that you don’t care about, but it has to be able to turn on. You need the “snow” that appears on the screen to get the full effect.
I covered the screen with plain paper using that blue painter’s tape. Don’t want any paint on the screen, but you could easily remove it with vinegar or window cleaner if need be.
Then I used a white primer to spray the entire television. I let that dry for about 20 minutes.
Then came the orange spray paint. So funny, after I finished painting it my daughter happened to walk outside and said “What the? What are you doing to that TV Ma?” Ha ha!
While the orange paint was drying, I found a fun face stencil and put it in Adobe Illustrator (I just have the trial version) to change the shape a bit. Then I used this uber cool cutting machine to cut the stencil from black vinyl. Watch tomorrow, I have an awesomely exciting giveaway for you!!
I sprayed add a coat of matte sealer over the orange also.
Then simply stick the vinyl face to the TV screen and turn it on! Turn the volume down all the way and do not connect the TV to cable or satellite, you just want a snowy screen.
Here’s a video so you can see it. Some friends that saw the photos thought I had painted the snowy screen, so I made this video to show what it looks like. Hope you like it!