Printer Card Illuminations

After much prototyping and rejigging, here are the first two light designs.
Having had them around for a few weeks now, I’ve decided that I’m going to find an alternative way to make illuminated letters. I’ve tried different ways to give it the support it needs but it inevitably sags and it’s way to complicated to build.
The mushroom, on the other hand, is a lovely thing. I’ve rejigged it so that it’s huge, much bigger than in the photos.

These lights are made mainly from printer card and Mod Podge

These lights are made mainly from printer card and Mod Podge

The outer bodies of the lights are made from two layers of 300gsm card, bonded with Mod Podge, which is also the medium used to bond layers of translucent paper to make the “windows”. In this case, I’ve used mulberry paper but you can use anything which will let the light pass through.

Even in daylight, the lights give a bright and heartwarming display

Even in daylight, the lights give a bright and heartwarming display

Inside each light is another card structure, onto which the lights are securely fixed. There are no electrical tools or knowledge required, and once complete, the lights change colour by remote control.
The “light” parts for the project can be bought for under £10.

You don't need any electrical knowledge to construct these fabulous DIY Mood Lights

You don’t need any electrical knowledge to construct these fabulous DIY Mood Lights

 

Mushroom Mood Light – Design in Progress

Much as I love designing masks, I want to make plans (to create) for things with a more universal appeal.
Decorative lights and stained glass are passions of mine and I have always had it in mind to develop the plans in this direction.

Prototype Mushroom light made from Leds and 30 A4 sheets of printer card.

Prototype Mushroom light made from Leds and 30 A4 sheets of printer card.

My fascination with coloured lights is due in no small part to my having Aspergers syndrome. In true style, I have started off with a pretty complex design – it takes about twelve hours at the moment but I’m working on simplifying the build.

I like to think that I can “get away” with it being a project that you have to invest in (timewise) because of the very rewarding end result.
The full cost of the materials for building the light comes to less than £15 (excluding the cost of a mains adapter).
One of the most beautiful things about it is that you need no electrical knowledge whatsoever, just the same, very basic tools used for mask making. The only additional materials you will need to build this are the lights themselves and the paper for the “windows”.