Introduction: Jerry-rig Your Old Christmas Lights Into a Led Board

Picture of Jerry-rig Your Old Christmas Lights Into a Led Board

Idea:
Use old unwanted christmas lights and thrown out cardboard to make a cheap wanna-be LED board.

Step 1: Get Lit

Picture of Get Lit

Find Lights anywhere they have them. I found them in our garage, but you can also locate them on sale pretty much everywhere after the holidays at Taget, VONS, Long's Drugs, and most likely Wall*Mart.

Step 2: Design and Poke

Picture of Design and Poke

On a seperite piece of paper, draw out your design before you start poking it out free hand. It woun't look very good...

For the poking out holes part I used a screw driver,but a few alternatives are using a pencil, simple pen, drill, large nail, airsoft gun (with pellets), knuckle duster, exacto knife, or and a drill press.

Step 3: Insert There

Picture of Insert There

This is the hard part, but don't think of it that way.
Take each light and using *Common Sense insert each light into the designed pattern of individual holes.
**Unique Sense and Less Common Sense may also be used.

Step 4: Plug-it-in

Picture of Plug-it-in

Plug-it-in

Step 5: The OFF Position

Picture of The OFF Position

Douse the lights-
& show people what you have thrown together!

Comments

mole1 (author)2010-09-22

That metal screen stuff with 1/4 inch squares... I think it's call hardware cloth... works great for this. Just make sure you put the whole thing against a black non reflective background so your message isn't backlit .
Might also be good to paint the screen stuff flat black first.

theatre_tech_guru (author)2007-12-24

also you should use a piece of half inch plywood and drill the holes for the lights

coretj (author)2007-12-19

Although it is original, this isn't very good. If you used LED lights it would be different; but you are putting a lot of small glass-enclosed-balls-of-fire through kindling. this is not the best idea. next time drill holes in a wood panel or something with a higher combustion point.

WriotE (author)coretj2007-12-24

Thank you!

tyeo098 (author)2007-12-18

Its Jerry-rig but w/e Itd be cool if it were a Christmas light matrix, avr controlled

WriotE (author)tyeo0982007-12-19

I knew i had the spelling wrong!>< What's a light matrix or avr controlled? I'm like 14 and stupid.

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-18

very smart idea, i just might do this (favorited)

WriotE (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-19

Thanks!.