DIY Digital Picture Frame (the Easy-lazy Way)

Intro: DIY Digital Picture Frame (the Easy-lazy Way)

Inspired by the "12 dollar digital picture frame" on makezine.com, I bough the Jukebox from Ebay and the connectivity kit from K-Mart.
However, I did not want to take the Jukebox apart as I was afraid my lack of craftiness will destroy it.
After an attempt to just put the device on top of a picture frame, which was deemed uttery ugly by wifey, I kind of gave up. So, it stayed unused for a couple of months, until I spotted at a garage sale just the type of frame I needed: one that would fit the Jukebox and the SD card INSIDE it.
The result is as follows:

Step 1: The Frame

This is the metal front of the garage sale picture frame. I removed the glass. I had to break it.
Be careful :)

Step 2: The Box Front

This is the box part of the picture frame. It fits the jukebox perfectly. I cut a rectangle where the screen and controls are.I placed some bubblewrap inside to prevent the jukebox from falling out, but it fits snugly insdie so it shouldn't be a problem.

Step 3: The Box Backside.

Note I cut a hole so I can turn the Jukebox on and off inside the box.

Step 4: The Final Result

This is the easy cheesy digital picture frame!
Notice I added some bkack duct-tape (taped back to back) to hide the red of the jukebox frame. You could paint your jukebox the same color as the box and achieve a better result.
Have fun!

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    15 Discussions

    I did something like this 2 years ago with a couple of Juice Box (not Jukebox, as mentioned in the tutorial) units and $1 photo frames with the matte (and back support) crafted from black foamboard. They are neat little units, but a point sorely missing from this tutorial is that the Juice Box doesn't take standard JPG files. Images have to be converted, either with the official software or fan-made utilities before the unit will recognize and display them. Once converted, it's easy to set it to a slideshow mode, so you can turn it on, set it, and leave it alone from there.

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    urban1413

    9 years ago on Introduction

    if youve got a psp lying around that would also make a sufficient DPF. maybe someone could rite a code for it. so it would have weather, notes ect.

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    urban1413

    9 years ago on Introduction

    this one actually looks better than the original instructable where the guy took it all all apart

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    frickelkram

    12 years ago

    Looks nice ... I like simple things. How much did you spend for the jukebox?

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    mikekrugerfrickelkram

    Reply 12 years ago

    the Jukebox was about 14 on ebay including shipping and the connectivity kit (32mb SD card, adapter for Jukebox, USB card reader) was 8 dollars at Kmart. The frame was 25 cents at a garage sale.

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    happyjeansmikekruger

    Reply 11 years ago

    What is this Juke box thing? And where can I get one (uk)

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    mikekrugerhappyjeans

    Reply 11 years ago

    Lucky me, I found four of them for sale today. I am selling them on Ebay one by one. For the first one, item number is 250056824999. Be advised that the auction does not include the connectivity kit!

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    radiorentalwestfw

    Reply 12 years ago

    thanks, and someone else posted that you can use a floppy connector which will work well for my application - robust front mount slot on the frame

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    radiorental

    12 years ago

    www.overstock.com was selling 6 juiceboxes for $24 last week. I picked up a set. I'm planning on making them in to picture frames for relatives that arent on the net. Then distribute the SD cards similar to sending out a link to a flickr photoset. The frame will have storage slots for the albums.

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    Stormed

    12 years ago

    Sounds interesting, been thinking about doing this with a $2 digital 1.3 MP camera found at a yard sale. I might have to look further into it, although I would like a frame without as much black space between the frame and display.

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    mikekrugerStormed

    Reply 12 years ago

    if you can find one, it'd be great. I haven't seen anything closer to the size of the jukebox which would be thick enough to hold it.