How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

I’ve come across old windows like this at thrift stores and garage sales and I never would have thought to do this to them! Some people are so creative and then there are people like me that lack imagination in the creativity department! I would love to have one of these Window Frame Lightboxes!
How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“These are two lightboxes I made from window frames, lit with LED strip lighting, and operated by a remote control RF switch hidden under the bed.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“This one is battery operated and lit with LED strip lighting (I gave this one away as a gift. She liked it.)”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

The process: I bought these window frames from a farmer out-of-town. People in rural areas usually sell them second-hand.

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“I made a selection of the best photographs I’d taken (plus some astronomy ones that I obviously did not take) and had them printed on a sheet of backlit print material.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Here’s the print.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Wooden windows are not perfectly made; each print had to be cut exactly to size.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Painting the windows with a hybrid paint.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Cutting a receptacle to conceal the battery.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Two rolls of LEDs were used for the battery-operated lightbox. They are wired parallel here in what was probably an unnecessary precaution to avoid voltage drop (this was necessary with the strip LEDs, however).”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Panel mount switch.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Duct tape sufficed here, although I had to add more of it than this.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“This is the finished battery-operated lightbox.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“This is the finished battery-operated lightbox, in the dark. The hot spots are not as pronounced in real life, but this is a long exposure.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Re-glazing the large window.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Checking how many LED strips were necessary to avoid banding on the large window.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Patching the small window for light bleed around the edges. Had to paint over this again afterwards.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Improving.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Solding the strips together.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Placing the strips on the wall. The positioning behind the frames required some trial and error.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“The wires run behind the wall.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“The RF switch is hidden under the bed.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Success with the LEDs.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Final product, again.”

How To Make A Window Frame Lightbox

“Each window has a separate remote, and is dimmable.”

Wow, this is an impressive project! I would have never thought of putting pictures in an old window frame, then lighting them up from the back, to create amazing customizable art! He should probably start selling these on Etsy! What are your thoughts?

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