So with just a little bit of work with a basic tool (drill! woo-hoo!) you can do this, too. Then you can also be lighting up pictures of dogs that you found on the Internet*. Here's how.
*I found the picture on the Internet, not the dog. I have cats. I don't see them often. We have an arrangement. Which includes no dogs.
Step 1: Materials/Supplies
- 9"x9" Ribba frame from IKEA for $9.99
- LED string from IKEA for $12 (not online)
- Drill w/ 5/32 bit
- masking tape
Step 2: Attaching template
- Print out the PDF attached to this step
- Take off the back of the frame
- Tape template to back of frame
Step 3: Drill!
See all those circles? Drill 'em all! Go go go!
Second pic shows the results of your work. Don't worry if there are a few hanging bits. They won't get in the way.
Step 4: Insert LEDs
It hurts a little to push them through, but you'll survive. If you do this for five frames and 240 LEDs you can get a nice blister and a callous, though. Just FYI. That wasn't fun.