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Josh and Debby sitting in a tree K I S S I N G.
My son Joshua wanted to make a valentine present for his girlfriend Debby at Community Living.
So I helped him make a solar powered glow in the dark Valentine.
This is an easy project you can do with your family.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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Optical plastic from an LCD monitor, I should have photographed stripping the monitor.
Sparkle paint.
A Picture frame.
Aluminum foil
Duct tape red for Valentine’s Day.
Double sided tape.
AA battery holder from Radio Shack.
AA rechargeable battery.
Salvaged RGB & W solar garden light.

Utility knife
Steel rule
Paint brush & mixing trays
Cutting board
Soldering gun

Step 2: The Message

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I had Josh write his message on the back of the Optical Plastic in sparkle paint.

The writing should be in reverse so that it will be forwards when you look at it from the front side of the plastic.

The back of the optical plastic is rough this helps the paint stick and the sparkles light up when the plastic is filled with light.

Step 3: The RBG & W Solar Garden Light

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As Josh is painting I make any repairs to the solar lights needed see Repairing Solar Cells & Making a 1 Watt Solar Array, and attach the AA battery holder.

Step 4: Testing

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Once repairs are made test it to make sure it works.
When you cover the solar cell the light should go on and when you uncover the solar cell the light should go off.

This garden light has a switch to change from a white LED to a RBG LED, test the switch in both positions and make sure both LEDs work properly.
Pat White2 years ago
You know, I really like the concept behind this. I think I may make something similar for my wife but try to invert the painting (so the background is painted solid, but the wording design is left unpainted) with the back light behind the painted glass. That way, only the words would glow rather than a spot light on the whole thing. Thanks for the idea!
The pictures don’t do it justice it is much more impressive to the naked eye.

When my son took it to community living and gave it to his girlfriend every one took it into the bathroom and watched it change colors.

If you just use white sparkle paint it looks like there is nothing there until it lights up.