Night Eyes

Jawa EyesFor Halloween this year, my boys decided they wanted to be a Jawa from Star Wars.  One of the requirements was that they have glowing eyes.  Not just any glowing eyes, but orange glowing eyes.  This is how I created some realistic Jawa eyes with just a few dollars of materials.

First, to get the orange glow, I purchased some high intensity orange LEDs (part number 404-1097-ND) from Digi-Key.  They were only $0.71 each.  I also purchased a 9-volt battery clip (part number BS12I-HD-24AWG-ND) for $0.33.  To control the current going to the LEDs, I purchased a 500 ohm potentiometer (part number 3386W-501LF-ND) for $1.29.

I wired everything up on a breadboard to test out the LEDs.  (Ignore the extra components on this breadboard, they were from a different project).  


I then purchased  a pack of cheap ping-pong balls from  I took a ball, cut it in half with a razor blade, and held it over the LED.  

Diffuse Eyes

The light was too focused.  So I ended up trying a bunch of material, and settled on some batting (fluffy white quilting stuff that comes in sheets) from my wife’s sewing supplies.  I folded over a few layers over and tucked them inside the ping-pong ball eye, securing them with some hot glue.

My wife purchased some eye masks from a craft store (in black) and had some black fabric that we could use to cover the faces of the boys.  I used some wire I had from a previous project, and wired up the LEDs according to the schematic provided by the LED Wizard web site.

I cut out eye holes in the fabric that I glued to the eye mask so the boys could see, and I mounted the LED covered ping-pong balls halves just below the eye holes.

Eye Holes

When everything was done, we had a great Jawa costume.  Here is a photo taken during the daytime, and then one at night.

Full Costume

Night Eyes



2 Responses

  1. Hi – what did you do for the hood? Is that just a hoodie?

    Great costume!

    My brother was a jawa, ummm, 40 years ago! My stepfather used pen lights (flashlights shaped like pens) glued a little red plastic on the ends of the lights, and fastened them to a head band. I think my brother wore a stocking mask over his face. It looked great.

    Anyway, my ten year old wants to be the Grim Reaper this year, so I am trying to figure out the hood part, as I can’t sew.

    • This costume was hand sewn, although a black hoodie sweatshirt can be found on Amazon for as little as $11.00. We often take sewing patterns for costumes and alter them a little to make them into something else. YouTube is a great resource for sewing advice and information. Good luck!

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