I have always liked LED's and since their existance, I have been using them in a lot of projects, looking for a small box where to put it, using cheap materials to create a nice looking finished project. After a lot of designs with trial and error, now I designed a template to cut a PVC sheet (acetate/mylar) and made a box for the batteries, the switch and the led, without even using glue or solder.
So here is my first Instructable to teach you how to do it, and use it in a lot of ideas (I will give you some of them). I know that it looks like a kind of led throwie but it isn't (we don't have to throw things, it's better to recycle them), because its designed to put it in an exact place to illuminate whatever you want. You can change the batteries and either add to the base a piece of magnet or some velcro or double side tape, so that you can put the box on any place. The box also has a switch tab so that you can turn it on/off, Hope you like my project.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Steel Ruler, Cutting Mat, Sharp Cutter, Unsharpped Cutter, Scotch Tape,Template,
Scissors, Nose Pliers
Led (5mm or 10mm), 2 Coin Batteries (CR2032), Acetate sheet (Mylar or PVC), Velcro,
Magnet Sheet, Double Side Tape.
You can use white LEDs, RGB slow or fast LEDs, Flashing LEDs, etc.
Here is a tip, if you need a diffused LED: Melt the wax of a candle and dip the led
in the melted wax 2 or 3 times, if you need to make it clear again just apply some heat to the led
and wipe the wax with a towel paper.
Don't use a resistor because for me the brighter the led the better it looks. Due to the
internal resistance of the batteries, the LED will not burn., You need to use 2 batteries to have 6 volts for the White and the RGB LEDs and also to have the LED on for a longer period of time. If you prefer to use one battery, just change the dimensions of the template.