We came across this Seance Table at the How to Haunt Your House website and we decided we had to build our very own Seance Table for Halloween. Instead of printing out the pattern onto multiple sheets and transferring it that way, we opted to project the image onto the wood and trace the pattern. We followed that up with detail work using (multiple) Sharpie markers. The outside border was painted with black acrylic paint because it would have been way too time and Sharpie-consuming with markers. A quick coat of wood stain and the table top looks fabulous. The table skirt and fringe really complete the look. The table top was then mounted to an existing folding card table we had.
We wanted to take the table design one step further and make it interactive for our guests. The idea was to have a crystal ball in the middle and have people ask questions and have the “spirits” answer them. To make this happen, multi-color LED lights were placed within a ceiling light fixture and controlled with hidden buttons under the table. The light fixture was painted and jeweled and Adafruit NeoPixels were used for the LEDs. A Trinket microcontroller controlled the light colors and patterns from button inputs. The whole thing was easily wired up on a breadboard and powered with a Lithium Polymer battery. One button puts the crystal ball into “standby” – pulsing white, another sets the “calculating” state – rapid rainbow colors, and the other two control “yes” – green and “no” – red.
What really made this build special for us is that we all collaborated on it – from the pattern transfer to the inking to the finishing and fabric work and to the concept and execution of the “crystal ball.” We think it turned out great and wanted to thank How to Haunt Your House for the plans and designs. Happy Halloween!