Jack O’Lantern TV

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!



58 Responses to Jack O’Lantern TV

  1. 1
    MONICA says:

    wow it's fantastic!

  2. 2
    Amazing_Grace says:

    LOL! This is terrific! :)

  3. 3
    Annie Rose says:

    I love it! Im going to show hubby later – he will think its cool!

  4. 4
    Katrina says:

    Ok, I'm going to go look and see if we brought the TV with us when we moved!

  5. 5
    the cape on the corner says:

    that's fantastic! what a fun idea, i love it!

  6. 6
    artsy_momma says:

    How clever & different :)

  7. 7
    Maria says:

    You did it AGAIN!!!

  8. 8
    Jami says:

    I'm going out tomorrow to find an old tv!!! That is AWESOME!
    Thanks so much for sharing (and for the gentle reminder to credit the inspirations!)

  9. 9
    Beansieleigh says:

    I LOVE it!!… Now if ONLY I had picked up that old tv set I saw sitting out on the sidewalk the other day!!!

  10. 10
    Becky says:

    I am totally in love with this. What a great idea!!


  11. 11
    Sue says:

    I LOVE this! So unique!

  12. 12
    jane says:

    This is so cute. We have a couple of old T.V.s and my hubby loves to spray paint, so this is a craft project we can enjoy together. Thank you for the inspiration! Our little ones will love it I am sure. Thank you for your wonderful recipes also. I am going to make more of them this week.

  13. 13
    shabnam says:

    the monitor working or not?

  14. 14
    Amanda says:

    Thank you for all of your kind comments!

    Yes shabnam, the screen is on and working, that's the "snow" you see when you have the TV turned to an inoperable channel. There's a video right above the comments so you can see how it looks.

  15. 15
    Michelle@Somedaycrafts says:

    This is hilarious! I wish I had a spare TV around!!!!! I just see this on my front porch! I highlighted this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. You have amazing ideas!

  16. 16
    Amanda says:

    Thanks so much for the feature Michelle! :) :)

  17. 17
    Katie says:

    OH my… LOVE this! I think I need to go to goodwill and find a very inexpensive TV… I think my husband will probably really think I'm whacko… but I need this in my Halloween decoration collection!

  18. 18
    malia says:

    Amanda– This is so special! I would love for you to link up to A Crafty Soiree today… http://www.yesterdayontuesday.com
    xoxo malia

  19. 19
    Wendy says:

    OK, that is totally awesome!!

  20. 20
    Marie {Make and Takes} says:

    NO way!! This is awesome! How very very clever.

  21. 21
    shirley says:

    I love this idea! Sad to say we have 2 older TVs in the basement that we have yet to get rid of because they cannot be programmed to cable and can't be fixed (grr) Now if I can just get my husband to haul them upstairs, I will be putting them on my front porch come Halloween night. Very spooky with the static!!

  22. 22
    Kristol Faucheux says:


  23. 23
    Amanda says:

    Thanks ladies! yes the static is really what makes this project so cool!

  24. 24
    Sandra says:

    That is hilarious!

  25. 25
    Michelle L. says:

    Love it so much!!!

  26. 26
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Sandra, thanks Michelle!

  27. 27
    C.R.A.F.T. says:

    very cool! come on over and link up to MMM!

  28. 28
    Tiny says:

    Hi :D I featured your tutorial at my Festival of Frugal Crafts.


    If you would like a "been featured" button, it's at the bottom of the post :D

  29. 29
    Amanda says:

    Thanks for the feature :)

  30. 30
    Nf1andprek-whisper says:

    i love this you have a lot of cool idea!!!

  31. 31
    Coco loves vintage says:


  32. 32
    Envy My Cooking says:

    Found your blog through links…If you ever need new recipes come swing by our blog. we also have a great give away going on now.. A free purse of your choice

  33. 33
    Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says:

    Amanda – This is so cute and clever! What a neat idea! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party, I have featured this here:

    Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  34. 34
    LissaMe says:

    oh wow I love this and no rotting pumpkin to deal with after halloween. This would be perfect for my kids halloween party… You've got my wheels turning now.. Thanks for the inspiration

  35. 35
    marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    You are so crafty lady! Love this TV :)

  36. 36
    Amanda says:

    Thanks you guys! This TV is really fun, can't wait to display him :)

  37. 37
    Christie says:

    It would make a great nightlight! Love it!

  38. 38
    greenbean says:

    omg!…i freaking love this!…and guess what i was able to snag off my neighbors trash pile tonite!…i'll be picking up the spray paint tomorrow!…i'm going to love having this on the porch the nite of trick or treating!…

  39. 39
    Amanda says:

    Thanks you guys!

  40. 40
    Mod Podge Amy says:

    I love this. It rocks!

  41. 41
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Amy! He's so fun :)

  42. 42
    Wendy says:

    Very cute!!!

  43. 43
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Wendy!

  44. 44
    Lesley says:

    I'm a new fan, & I love this one! I especially like the face stencil. For those of us without a Silhouette cutting machine or the template for this face pattern, might you be willing to make/sell your design? I'd certainly be happy to buy a couple!

  45. 45
    Amanda says:

    I'm sorry I answered this so late Lesley! Obviously it's way late for getting you the stencil, I'm so sorry! If you still want something, I could do up a PDF and you could print it out and use that, let me know!

  46. 46
    Ginger B says:

    Hi! I just found this last week and I found a cheap tv this morning at a yard sale to make it :O)
    but I thought I saw a link to a face template and I guess I didnt. any chance you can send me a pdf of it? Im going to paint my tv in a few minutes.. so I can put it out tomorrow night for the trick or treaters :)

    Thank you so much!
    email is ginrob @mail.com (no space)

  47. 47
    Amanda says:

    Hi Ginger – sent you an email with the attachment! :)

  48. 48
    Lesley says:

    Hi again, Amanda! Thanks for offering to send a .pdf of the face template. My e-mail is lesley.withers @gmail.com (no space). It'd be great to have for next time!! :)

  49. 49
    Amanda says:

    Emailed it to you!

  50. 50
    [email protected] says:

    wow! I love this! crazy unique piece!

  51. 51
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Gail!! :)

  52. 52

    Thank you so much for this inspiration!! I waited a whole year to do this craft!!
    Just letting you know I posted it on my blog and linked back to you!!

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