A pinch of thunder and a crack of lightning is the recipe for the perfect movie-watching atmosphere, and TikTok is brewing up a storm this Halloween. Since 2020, TikTokers have been putting a spooky twist on the viral cloud-wall trend, creating ceiling clouds that light up in an array of rainbow colors, aka the ultimate Halloween decor. Inspired by her fellow TikTok users, Aurélie Bouti, got to work gathering the right materials to re-create the storm-clouds in her home in France. After a quick trip to the craft store, the finished result was basically the most magical at-home movie-watching experience we've ever seen.
How to DIY Your Own LED Cloud Ceiling
To get started with your DIY cloud ceiling, the basic materials you'll need include LED lights ($13, originally $30), enough poster board or paper to cover your ceiling, copious amounts of hot glue, and multiple bags of synthetic stuffing ($15). Some TikTokers recommend adhering the poster board or paper to the ceiling with a spray adhesive ($15), but double-sided tape ($10, originally $17) and adhesive hanging strips work just as well. Once you've laid down the foundation, stick the LED lights to the ceiling in the pattern of your choice, cover them in the synthetic stuffing, and that's it!
For Bouti, the process took about 12 hours, but it was definitely worth it in the end. Can you imagine watching the latest season of "Stranger Things," freaky horror films, and your favorite Halloween movies with the colorful "lightning" flickering in the background?
There is one catch to this enchanted cloud ceiling: spiders. The lights tend to attract bugs, while the fluff makes for a perfect hiding place for creepy crawlies. But proper maintenance — aka dusting and regular cleaning — can help minimize the presence of tiny intruders. Regular cleaning can also help reduce the risk of potential fire hazards, but taking extra precautions, like avoiding flickering candles and fireplaces, can also be helpful.
If you're up for the task of installing this bewitching LED cloud ceiling in your home this Halloween, catch a glimpse at the mesmerizing finished product.