I’ve been pulling this Jack O’Lantern TV out of my attic every year for the past five years. It’s a really unique Halloween decoration, one that gets all sorts of comments from parents and kids alike during trick or treating. Turning an old TV into a Jack O’Lantern wasn’t my original idea, but I tried to find the person that did it.
Jack O’Lantern TV
See in 2010 I posted on Facebook saying that I was spray painting a TV for my next project. That aroused some curiosity! One day in the fall of 2009 I was watching CNN and they had this really cool Jack O’Lantern TV 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 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!
Here’s a video demonstrating what it looks like:
(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.
Things you will 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.
- Painter’s tape
- paper or newspaper
- White spray primer
- Orange spray paint
- Matte sealer spray
- Face (see below)
There are several options for the face:
- Paint it with acrylic craft paint
- Use a Sharpie permanent marker
- Use decoupage (Mod Podge) and black paper
- Electrical tape or black duct tape
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 a cutting machine to cut the stencil from black vinyl.
I sprayed 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 I shared on Instagram a couple years ago with my cute kitten :) Some friends that saw the photos thought I had painted the snowy screen, so I made the videos in this post to show what it looks like.
Hope you enjoyed this project! If you like things that glow in the dark for Halloween you will probably like my Halloween luminaries, my monster yard lights, and these creepy hand luminaries! Happy Halloween!