I found a great candy bowl at Michael's for $20 that I want to dress up some and use for handing out candy from my graveyard. I usuallu don't spend that much, but I love the action of it.
It is constructed so a switch can be turned on for motion activation or left off for pressing a button on the nose. When it is activated a skeleton hand comes out the back and makes a grab at the TOT's hand inside. What fun!
Problem is, I'm soft hearted and don't want to scare the crap out of kids who have a difficult time even handling my display. Also, if the bowl activates everytime someone reaches in, where's the surprise value in a group? It may even get a little monotonous...
The solution? Make it so the candy bowl activates only on MY say so! The KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) suggests the easiest way to acheive this is to move the button to where only I can activate it and it is out of sight.
So, here is my simple little how-to for my solution:
a philips screwdriver
a drill with a small drill bit and a 1/2" drill bit
two small lengths of insulated wire (destroy a motorized toy from a thrift store and you'll get lots of small length wire)
a glue gun or tape
and a push button.
This is what the bowl does before any hacking:
Pretty cool, huh?
Okay, let's take it apart, so it is easily put back together.
Take out the batteries by undoing the battery lid screw on the bottom and remove the battery lid. Also on the bottom are four screws. Unscrew these screws with your philips screwdriver. Careful turning it over as the screws may tumble out.
(Never having done this before, I also undid the screws on the back of the bowl, but I don't think that's needed.)
Here's a bird's eye view of the open bowl: