Introduction: Quick and Dirty Movie Theater Framed Poster
This instructable will show you how to make your very own backlit movie theater poster.
Step 1: Obtain Materials
To make your frame, you will need:
A movie theater poster, printed on both sides- in other words, the back is printed with a mirror-image of the front of the poster to allow light to pass through.
A poster frame to fit said poster (I couldn't find a frame to fit my poster (40x28), so I had to trim it.
A flourescent lamp assembly with switch (I swiped mine from an under-shelf lamp from Wal*Mart)
Step 2: Trim Poster to Fit
Remove the cardboard backing from the poster frame. This will be used to find the area on the poster you'd like visible when the finished project is hung.
Place the cardboard over your poster, covering up the area you'd like framed.
Trace around the cardboard with Sharpie.
Cut from the poster anything outside the traced area, roll up the poster, and put it aside.
Step 3: Piece Together the Light Box Part I
Measure a 2 in. margin on all sides of the cardboard backing, and mark it with Sharpie.
With a utility knife, remove the area within the margin.
Set aside the 2 in. wide cardboard frame and measure the remaining area. In my case, the resulting rectangle of cardboard measured 20x32. It should be approximately equal to the measurements of the poster frame less 4 in.
From another piece of corrugated cardboard, cut the following:
2x - 2.5 in. x (Length of the cardboard rectangle)
2x- 2.5 in. x (Width of the cardboard rectangle)
Retrieve the cardboard frame and duct tape the slats to the inside edges of the frame, perpendicular to the plane of the frame, making sure to tape them securely.
Step 4: Assemble the Light
On the cardboard rectangle, fasten the light fixture approximately in the center, with the bulb held vertically.
Be sure to leave enough slack in the wiring for the switch to reach the edge of the rectangle.
Duct Tape the power cord to the bottom corner of the rectangle.
Step 5: Piece Together the Light Box Part II
Turn the cardboard rectangle over and place it onto the cardboard frame, so it sits on top of the slats with the light fixture facing down.
Secure it with duct tape, and seal off all cracks where light can pass through.
Flip the whole thing over.
Line the switch up with the sidewall where you'd like it to be placed.
Cut a hole in the wall to accomodate the switch, and duct tape into place.
Step 6: Reassembly
Put your poster into the frame and place the light box behind it.
Secure the cardboard with the fasteners on the frame, pinning the poster between the cardboard and the frame.
Hang the poster, plug it in, and enjoy!