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Took on a big project last minute this year and I think it turned out pretty good.  Check out my pumpkin arch.  The great part about this arch is its all 2811 nodes inside those pumpkins.  While it required a ton of soldering and connectors I think it turned out pretty good.  My wife is going to put the finishing touches on it by adding leaves around the pumpkins to hide the frame and wires.  What do you think!

 

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Shorten Frame to Play with inside

 

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Outside in the wild.  

 

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Magic!

 

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Colorful Magic

 

 

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That is a great idea and it looks awesome.

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Looks awesome!! Can't wait to see it in action.

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Sweet. That thing is freaking awesome.

How hard is it to store? Please say it is hard so I don't start planning one.

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That is VERY cool! Nice work! Love how the pumpkins look with color.

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Sweet. That thing is freaking awesome.

How hard is it to store? Please say it is hard so I don't start planning one.

Ask me November 1st.  Maybe the 2nd.  I am a very big on holiday decor being out of sight in the off season so it will go to the attic.  All the pumpkins are just wire tied to the PVC frame so the plan is to number them and use that picture from above to reconstruct next year.  Each pumpkin is wired with water proof connectors so they all come apart easy and since the pumpkins are light I can just toss them in the attic on top of all the fluffy insulation.  

 

Since I went with 2811 nodes I don't have to really worry about which order I put them back up in either.  Plus it makes it very simple to wire to.  I did run into one unfortunate issue though.  Since I have small, medium and large pumpkins each with more lights than the next I had an issue when it came to programming a simple thing like a chase from one side to another.  Copy and pasting didn't work because when I got to a randomly placed medium or large pumpkin it threw things off so I had to rewire 10 pumpkins last night but I think it will make my life much easier.  I put 6 nodes in the small, 9 in the medium and 15 in the large.  Notice they are all multiples of 3.  So while I will be using 3 connectors on my E682 controller I can set the small pumpkins to count each every 2 nodes as 1 so in LOR I only need 9 DMX channels (3 RGB)  The medium I do 3 to 1 so keep with the 9 DMX and lastly if you couldn't figure it out 5 to 1 for the large pumpkins so when it comes to programming life is easy.....er

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I showed the pictures to my wife and she thought it was the greatest thing ever, asking me to build one for next year already lol. Just out of curiousity where did you get the pumpkins? Are they the carvable foam ones?

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I showed the pictures to my wife and she thought it was the greatest thing ever, asking me to build one for next year already lol. Just out of curiousity where did you get the pumpkins? Are they the carvable foam ones?

My wife was instantly in love with the idea also.  She did a great job at finding the pumpkins at the most surprising place of all.  Goodwill.  I would say about 35% of them are from there.  The other 50% was from Nov 1st shopping at various stores like Target, and Wal-Mart.  I ended up paying full price for the other 15%.....I hopefully those numbers add up. We looked at the carveable ones but they were expensive.  Stupid crafting store games they cost twice as much as you can buy carved ones for at Target and Walmart but they sell them at 50% off so not only do you pay the same you have to bust out that creativity and carve it.  I am not that creative! 

 

This year Walmart has so many different styles of pumpkin faces so that is where I will be Nov 1st.  Hopefully you aren't in my area!   :P

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I showed the pictures to my wife and she thought it was the greatest thing ever, asking me to build one for next year already lol. Just out of curiousity where did you get the pumpkins? Are they the carvable foam ones?

My wife was instantly in love with the idea also.  She did a great job at finding the pumpkins at the most surprising place of all.  Goodwill.  I would say about 35% of them are from there.  The other 50% was from Nov 1st shopping at various stores like Target, and Wal-Mart.  I ended up paying full price for the other 15%.....I hopefully those numbers add up. We looked at the carveable ones but they were expensive.  Stupid crafting store games they cost twice as much as you can buy carved ones for at Target and Walmart but they sell them at 50% off so not only do you pay the same you have to bust out that creativity and carve it.  I am not that creative! 

 

This year Walmart has so many different styles of pumpkin faces so that is where I will be Nov 1st.  Hopefully you aren't in my area!   :P

I'm in western mass, and my Walmart has nothing worth buying lol. I'd be up for a road trip but I might be sleeping on that couch for the next couple days, sons birthday the 1st lol. Thanks for the info

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Looks great! I got 20 of the variable variety at Lowes last year for a couple bucks each after Halloween and the wife and I just got done carving (she drew, I carved). I put five 2811 pixels in each. What I love about your setup is that they are all sized differently. That makes a big difference (mine are all the same, which bothers me). I love the arch to, that was my plan originally after seeing someone else do something like that last year, but it's not gonna happen this year... with how awesome your setup looks, I think you can expect lots of copy cats next year... including me!

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Looks great! Also, very clever way to address the different pixel groupings. Look forward to a video!

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Thanks everyone!  I have received several requests for more details pictures on how I am lighting them to how I created it so I will work on some more pictures with greater detail and a video of it in action.  

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WOW Shaggy, I just had to add in another great job!!!! Very creative idea.

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The funkins after Halloween are reasonably priced. I get some of the .10 plans from pumpkin masters that goes on sale everywhere, I draw the pattern and use my Dremel to carve them out. The Dremel makes carving a snap.

Yeah, I have it on my radar now. It just looks too cool. And it will fit in nicely above and around my witches brewing setup. I can stick spots shooting down on the witches and fit some fog tubes in there to make it smokey.

It is gonna hurt making I fear. But plans are drawn out already.

I am a copy cat. :)

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I hate when people put things on here that are GREAT.  IT CAUSES ME TO GO SPEND MORE MONEY!!

 

Love it.  Great job!!

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Here is a snippet of the arch in action to This is Halloween!

 

Still working on some detailed pictures of its construction.  

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After a long delay here is how I built it.  

 

First I made these cute little pigtails each with 6 lights you can do more or less but I found this to be a good number.  44 of these bad boys was the most time consuming parts.  So if you are going to do it make these in the off season but be careful because unlike strips which come with a nice arrow which shows you the direction of the data these do not so if you do like I did you could end up doing one backwards and messing it all up and having to redo a bunch so my advice is test each one before you heat shrink and test both ends.  

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Made these with these lights - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/100pcs-DC12V-12mm-WS2811-led-pixel-node-with-all-WHITE-wire-20AWG-IP68-rated/1032292235.html

And these pigtails - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/10pcs-lot-3-Core-BLACK-Waterproof-pigtail-50cm-long-each-male-and-female-male-connector-s/1495727183.html  Needed these longer ones so I could easily connect them together without jumpers.  In many casesI had way too much slack but very easy to ziptie to the frame.  

 

 

I then drilled holes into each pumpkin to push the lights in.  I made the holes only slightly larger so they push in but don't fall out.  I bought step drill bits from harbor freight for dirt cheap.  Looks like these.  http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-3-Piece-Titanium-Drill-Steel/dp/B001OEPYWK/ref=sr_1_2?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1418673512&sr=1-2  This is a picture of a foam pumpkin but the plastic ones worked so much better.  As you can see I  attached them to the frame with various methods, some I put a hook in and others I drilled two holes and stuck a wire and attached it to the frame directly.  

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You have seen pictures of the frame in my first post but after all the pumpkins came off here was the end result.  The key for this is just get creative and attach them how ever you can.  You can see below that the 3/4 PVC fits perfectly into the C9 hole that comes with these.  As I was putting it up I kept pulling sections out and attaching more T's to simplify the pumpkin attachment process.  

 

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C9 with a pumpkin 3/4 PVC works perfect.

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Close up of the frame.

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I bought this to put between the pumpkins and make it look pretty during the day.

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Storage?  This is what it looked like for storage.  Fits nicely in the attic.  Since the pumpkins are so light I had no issues just tossing these on top of the insulation.

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None of the PVC is glued except the top row.  I used wire to attach it to the house so it wouldnt blow away or sag but the weight on the top was too much so I did glue that so it was straight.

 

 

 

 

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awesome, I am gonna give that a try this year.

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