Led Illuminated Comic/Magazine Shelf




Introduction: Led Illuminated Comic/Magazine Shelf

About: I like to create useful and fun things. I'm 16 and aspire to be a multimedia creator and an entrepreneur.

Hello, I had the idea of displaying some of my coolest comics on a shelf in a cool way, so I made this. This project can be built in well under an hour and is very simple. Hope you like it!

Step 1: Tools and Materials


-X-Acto Knife



-Hot Glue Gun


-Foam Core

-Hot Glue Sticks

-12v LED Strip (89cm)

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Shelf

Measure upwards from the long side of the foam core 4 centimeters, make a mark with your pencil. Draw a straight line across the board from the mark you just made. Next, cut the board with the X-Acto knife. Your foam core strip should look like the picture above.

Step 3: Marking More Measurements

Depending on what you want to display, these measurements might change. For my shelf I wanted four spots for comic books.

-Mark downwards from the top of the board 1cm, draw a line lengthwise across the board.

-Draw a line 1/2cm upwards from the line you just drew.

-Measure inwards from the side of the board 1cm, make a mark

-Measure 17 1/2cm over from the 1cm inwards line, make a mark.

-Go over 1cm, make a mark.

Essentially, you want to have four 1/2cm x17 1/2cm rectangles with 1cm gaps in-between them.

Step 4: Cutting the Grooves

Once you have marked your measurements you can cut out the 1/2cm x 17 1/2cm rectangles. Leave the bottom layer of paper though, that will support your comic/magazine. Once finished, your board should look like the picture above.

Step 5: Measuring, Cutting, and Gluing the Brackets

Before you start cutting the brackets, plug in your hot glue gun so it has time to heat up.

-Measure in one corner of the board 4cm on both sides, with your ruler draw a diagonal line connecting the two markings.

-Cut out the triangle

-Repeat that process two more times (or however many many brackets you want)

I chose to glue my brackets 11cm inwards from the side. This was just for aesthetics, you can place them wherever you please. Be sure to glue the triangle with one of its straight edges on the side of the grooves you cut (the grooves will be closest to the wall.)

Step 6: Putting on the LED Strip

Most led strips have an adhesive back to them, in that case, just peel off the backing and stick the strip as straight as you can on the edge of the shelf. If your led strip does not have an adhesive back, then simply use drops of hot glue to secure the strip to the shelf.

An optional step is to cut a hole in the corner to put the connector through.

Step 7: Finished!!!

You are now finished! You can secure it to a wall by simply using glue, tape, or screws. Hope you liked my Instructable!

Step 8: Additional Tips

-Use a brand-new blade from a box of blades, this will give you cleaner and easier cuts.

-Take your time, you don't want to mess up a cut or glue on the bracket the wrong way (like me)

-Be safe, the X-Acto blades are extremely sharp

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    4 years ago

    Excellent job :)


    4 years ago



    4 years ago

    Looks great!