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Here is a little LED project I made using a couple simple items. You just hang them up, and watch them light!

You had the Throwies, the Floaties, now...The LED Picture Boxes!

Here is how I did it!

Step 1: Materials

Here is what you will need:

  • Paper template from next step
  • LED (preferably 5mm-10mm)
  • Coin 3V battery
  • Electrical Tape
  • Scotch Tape or Glue

Step 2: Make Your Paper Box

Now its time to make your paper box.

Here is the template that I used. It took a few tries, but then I mastered it to make a few.

Paper Cube Design Template

You can use glue or tape, either or, they both work great.

Make sure that you do not close the top. You will stick the LED in here, so do not tape the whole thing shut yet.

  • I put a picture onto the template, where the white boxes were. As seen in the end product. You can put your name, a picture of yourself, Instructables Robot, anything!

Step 3: LED in Cube

Take an LED, and get your 3V coin battery.

Use electrical tape the attach the battery to the LED.

Now place the LED in the box, and close it up like your did the other flaps.

Now your box should be glowing.

Step 4: Display It!

You can display these boxes anywhere! I put a paper clip hook on some of mine, and they look great!

I put them up in my room with my name, and some other pictures.

LEDs last for a long time, so you can keep these up and show them off to your friends and family!
Cool! But to make it the ultimate best you will need to use transparent paper and print stuff on transparent paper...more like transparent plastic! That would give an awesome effect!
Nice idea! You may want to roughen up the surface of the LED using some sandpaper to get a more omnidirectional light. Alternatively, you can stuff the LED in the middle of a cotton ball or some tissue paper - that will also keep it from rattling around inside the box.
Hot glue works well to diffuse the light too.
You could also sandwich the battery/led between two pieces of clear tape, using the edges of the tape on both ends to tape it to opposite sides of the box, suspending the light in the center of the box. ya think?
OOH. . . . . OMNIDIRECTIONAL . . . . Fancy!
sweet instructable
thanks!
Cool! I can't wait to make my project for the contest!
Really cool job Brennn10, a lot of cool LED <em>thingies</em> are coming up, and this is just AWESOME! Nice job. +1 rating.<br/>(added to favorites)<br/>

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