My apartment needs some added visual stimuli so having access to both time and a friend who can get relatively inexpensive prints for me means a new project. For some time I was working with DIY LCD projectors, a great project that I will probably post when time permits or interest strikes. But in relation to this project, the LCD backlights were waste and can be used as a backlight for interesting photos, prints, etc. Unfortunately I only have one remaining and am not planning on working with any new LCD projector projects in the near future. So, here we have information on a low cost, low tech alternative. Interesting lamps, added decor, simple fun with lights and photos.
Pictures of the end result to draw interest:
- One high-resolution image electronic file, vividly colored, not a pastel or watercolor.
- Two sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch glossy photo paper (Staples, Walmart, etc).
- Plastic picture laminate- optional (Staples, Walmart, etc.)
- One empty clear GLASS (NOT plastic) 32 Fluid Ounce jar (e.g., large instant coffee or mayonnaise, etc.), 4 to 5 inch diameter x max. 7.5 inch high, with wide-mouth (at least 2.5 inch). The jar must have a fairly deep (3/4 to 1 inch) plastic lid (NOT metal). Remove the label and lid and clean it. Keep the cap, lid liner, and bottle.
- One candle-flame shaped lightbulb, from 5 watts (for nightlight) to NO larger than 40 watts. (Dollar/99 Cent Store, etc.)
- One medium-weight (SP2) zipcord with plug and optional cordswitch. (Dollar/99 Cent Store, Walmart, etc.)
- One brass lamp socket, which you will wire to the cord. It should match your bulb size and have a diameter that allows it to fit inside the bottle (Lowes, Walmart or hardware store.)
- One 8 inch piece of stiff clothes hanger wire or similar (NOT insulated wire).
- One 4 or 5 inch diameter (depending on the bottle size) mailing-tube cap (optional). This serves as the top glare guard.
Requires only a utility knife, screwdriver, pliers, drill & 1/4 inch bit (optional).
Full DIY Guide here, enjoy: Backlit Photo & Print Display Lamp