Make Your Own Halloween Tea Lights

>> Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I was thumbing through my latest issue of Family Fun Magazine when I came across instructions for turning ping pong balls and battery powered tea lights into spooky halloween eyes. I quickly did one eye ball. Then I found orange ping pong balls that afternoon and thought why not create miniature jack-o-lanterns? So I did. Then 9yo, owl-obsessed, Thing One asked if I could make him an owl...with a spooky tree. So I did. Then the ideas from the kidlets kept pouring in.

Lights On
Lights Off
The Entire Set In Action

Now Barbie has a jack-o-lantern.
If you want to make your own all you need to do is cut an X in the bottom of the ping pong ball, pop it over the "flame" on the battery powered tea light then create your design using permanent markers. Super, super simple. You can also use a pencil to draw your design first and make adjustments since the pencil marks erase off the ball easily. Similar, but not nearly as attractive, single blinking eye battery lights sell at Target for $2.99 each. My boys were full of praise for me when they saw the Target version...and its price. I already had battery powered tea lights on hand but my local Dollar Tree also sells two packs, batteries included. And the ping pong balls can be found for around $2 for an 8 pack at the grocery store or big box stores. My neighbor even tells me she saw them at The Dollar Tree.

I think I may need to do this at Christmas, too. Glowing Christmas trees, or candles, or ornaments, or angels...

I was so in love with my first three creations I took a quick video to share with my friends on facebook. Unbeknownst to me, my man snagged a video of me. Oy. Enjoy the Behind the Scenes.


Cher' Shots October 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

I tripped across your site while searching for halloween ideas. I'm lovin' it!

Deb DiSalvo October 6, 2010 at 9:42 PM  

I LOVE this! I'm going to do this with my son's 2nd grade class for their halloween party. Thanks for sharing!

Sawdust Girl October 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM  

Great idea. I know I have some ping pong balls somewhere. My daughter would love doing this.

Dorothy October 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

I picked up ping pong balls yesterday at Target for these eyeballs I had to print out on the computer. This is a great idea.

Melissa October 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

That is such a great idea! I love this. Thanks a for linking up to Tuesday Tell All.

Anonymous,  October 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

those are soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (my daughter wrote that) We're going to do this for her 2nd grade class halloween party.

Anonymous,  October 19, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

Love the ideas! Using it for my daughter's 4th grade class party. Needed something that would appeal to girls and boys and wouldn't take hours to do. Thanks!

Love the "Say Anything" quote, too! :)

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