Awesome Ikea Hack of the Week: Backlit Picture Frame

Backlit photos have better colour and look pretty cool at night in your apartment. Also, they’re not something we think of in terms of our apartment decor. Here’s how to DIY your own backlit picture frame using stuff from Ikea, mostly.

The parts. You’ll need:

  • Ribba frame – $14.99
  • Sardal string of lights, 24 – $7.99
  • wood glue
  • some plywood
  • a photo

Do it.

First, take apart the Ribba photo frame by removing the backing from it, and the glass as well. Get the plywood cut so it will attach to the back of the frame, and essentially extend the inside of the frame, backwards. Get it?

OK, with that done, cut the backing of the Ribba frame so it fits inside (or outside) the frame extension you just made, and cut a small corner out. Before attaching the backing, you’re going to put the photo in the frame, then put the lights in there. Now put the backing on, but let the plugin part of the string of lights hang out the back. Use the wood glue to attach the backing on.

Hang it on your wall or sit it on your desk and plug it in.


Source: Ikea Hackers

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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