Terra's Album: Tutorial: Outdoor flicker lights
Hello there, is this your first visit?
Register

Tutorial: Outdoor flicker lights

I love the flicker lights using tealights but I wanted something that I could put on a timer. So I hacked a string of Christmas flicker lights.

Videos of them in action can be found here: http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/73388-fcg-without-led-eyes.html#post543828
  1. Candles placed on tombstones.
  2. Use dowels to hold candles on tombstones.
  3. I hacked a set of outdoor Christmas flicker lights to make this. The following pictures shows you how to make the candles but I did not show how to...
  4. Cut out PVC using either a PVC pipe cutter or circular saw. I hear the PVC pipe cutter is easier... :) Then glue your preferred arrangements using...
  5. Push down a PVC pipe to make an impression of the inside of it. Cut it out and use that as your template for the others. Use a socket to make an...
  6. Cut out the centers first and push out. Then cut out the circles and separate. I used a Dremel with the small router attachment multi-purpose cutting...
  7. Clean-up the edges and blow off the dust.
  8. Snip off the clip on the side of the socket. If you need to extend the wire length, you need to make sure you make water-proof connections. Since I'm...
  9. Push up socket into foam circle and snuggle it back down into the candle.
  10. I used caulk to cover up and seal the foam.
  11. To keep hot glue and spray paint from getting into the socket, cut out circles of blue painter's tape.
  12. To keep a lot of rainwater collecting, find the lowest part of the top that is away from the center of the candle grouping and mark. If you need to...
  13. To give a glowing appearance and to hide some of the bulb you will need to build up the top of the PVC. Starting at one edge of the cut you made,...
  14. Starting from the outside of the top zig-zag large swaths of glue being sure they butt up as you go down. Gravity will connect it to give it a nice...
  15. Add a second layer to cover the gaps left by the first layer.
  16. Keep adding drippings until you like the look. Then, take outside and spray paint lightly with a matte ivory or white paint. Flat looks dead and I...
  17. This gives you an idea of how I will arrange these in the graveyard. I hot glued a dowel into the tombstone to hold them upright and then will hot...
Showing photos 1 to 17 of 17