Deep Green Plexiglass?

I am wanting to build a lamp as homage to the Nickelodeon Guts trophy. I have everything planned out how I want it. I will build the base out of MDF and cover it in black felt, the top will be plexiglass with some sort of light source on the inside of the plexiglass box. My problem is, I have no idea how to tint/color the plexiglass a deep (not dark) enough green as to not see the light source when it is switched off, but translucent enough to light up and cast a green light.

Anyone have any ideas? I have seen online where you can order colored plexiglass, but that will get expensive very quickly.

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skane2 (author) 6 years ago
I think I will get some scraps of plexiglass and try spraying it. I have found some candy green and transparent spray paints in craft stores and what not. I plan or lightly wet sanding the backside of it to frost it and give the paint a good surface to adhere to.

I work at Lowes and can get some scraps from the plexiglass cutter to practice on.
Kiteman6 years ago
You can buy it already tinted green.

(example from ebay)
skane2 (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
I haven't checked ebay yet, but factory direct I am looking at 80+ dollars just in the plexiglass. That said, the green tint I have seen on Amazon is going to cost me close to 30-40 dollars and that is without the plexiglass.

This project is shaping up to be prohibitively expensive. I don't want to bail on it, but I just don't have that kind of money.
skane2 (author) 6 years ago
I will have to look into that. What would you guys recommend as a light source? I want something that is diffuse enough to light up the majority of the box without being a focal point of light, as well as something that would not get hot and be a fire hazard or damage the glue/plexiglass?
caitlinsdad6 years ago
Any attempts as spraying or brushing with a liquid dye or light paint usually comes out blotchy or uneven. Go to an auto-parts store to get some window tint in the right shade/color that you can apply to the inside face of the plexi. If you try to sandwich or paste on a piece of green tissue paper or use a thin sheet of colored styrene or plastic film found in art stores, you may dim the light source too much.