Thursday, April 8, 2010

Picture This!

So, Mike and I have been working on 35mm slide lamps!

This is the first one we've completed! We're planning on making a bunch and We're currently working on window curtains!

*I'll be sure to post pictures when they're complete!*

Here's how to make your own!

- We ordered a bunch of 35mm Kodachrome slides off Ebay.

They range in price $9.95 - $29.95 is what I spent and each lot I purchased contained anywhere from 200 - 350+ slides.

It's a lot of fun sorting through them all seeing which ones are keepers, maybes and No's.

We have slides all over

- After we picked which slides we were going to use we cut the slides out of their original cardboard holders and inserted them into plastic holders.

- We also ordered these off Ebay. If you do a search for "Plastic slide mounts" they'll pop right up! You can buy 100's at a time for less than $20.

- After we transferred all the slides into their plastic holders we then drilled a hole into each corner using a Dremel tool. Mike made this neat little device so that each hole would be the in the same location.

Above I have pointed out with a pen the hole we insert the Dremel tool at.

- After we have them all drilled we use chainmill link to hook the slides together. You can buy these at your local craft or jewelry store but, since we were doing so many we ordered these off Ebay also. You can find them by the 1,000's for under $20.00.

Hint: Below are two different 35mm slides. Make sure you get the ones that are more rectangular like the ones on the left! If you don't they wont fit into the plastic slide holders, we learned the hard way!

Happy Crafting!
Please feel free to comment with any questions you might have!
I know I had many while doing this!


  1. Alix, this is awesome how your lamp shade turned out! I can't wait to see the curtain! Love the tutorial and the device for making the holes! ~Marcy

  2. so, so , so cool. I love crafts that end up looking like beautiful, expensive art pieces! How long does each one take to make?
    Thanks so much for linking up to "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays!" come back next week!!
    WELCOME to the world of blogging, it is obvious you have much to share with the world and I, for one, am looking forward to it!!

  3. Cool and retro looking! I love it, and old slides are every place at flea markets!

  4. Wow... wherever did you com up with the idea? Its old and new at the same time... great!

  5. That is fantastic! You've got my wheels turning on this one!!!

  6. What a great idea! It looks so cool!

  7. Very clever! It looks great!! Thanks for sharing @ ANYTHING RELATED!

  8. This was an amazing project. So original. I love how the light shines through the slides. You need to win a prize for this one!

  9. OMGosh...luv your COOL lampshade...thanks for showing us the how to do!


    I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

  10. absolutely delightful! I looove this! how clever and unique! I hopped over from Blue Cricket and am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day soon when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

  11. Wow, what a piece of art. Great job. I love it how your husband is so involved in your work. Also, this would be a great gift for someone who has LOTS of these 35mm with old family memories. I am bookmarking this. I think I found a homemade gift for my dad. He will LOVE this.

    Have a blessed day.

  12. Very creative. My dad has tons of I know what to do with them!

  13. Whoa, this is awesome! I've never seen anythng like it.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  14. Hey there! I'm featuring this today. Because it's awesome.

  15. Absolute genius! That is one fantastic project. Very creative. You should sell them!

  16. I love this. Can't wait to read more.


  17. Thank you everyone for all your kind words!
    I am obviously new to blogging and you have all made this so much fun for me! I can't wait to continue posting projects as well as finding new ones from all your blogs!

    Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about the project if you decide to make one of your own!

  18. This is SUCh a great idea!!! I love it! Thanks so much for the tutorial....I'm going to dig around my parents' house for some old slides now :)

    Thanks for linking up at my Tuesday Talent Show!

    Come on over again tonight for another party :)

  19. This is a wonderful idea! We have a bunch of slides that my parents took when we were kids and they're just sitting in a box. What a great way to display old family memories! I love it!

  20. i featured this today, did you see already?:)

  21. I did! To be honest I couldn't figure out how to leave a comment until just now! While I'm at work I sneak around blogs every chance I can get :P

    Thank you for your kind comments and featuring my project!

  22. This is so creative! Thanks so much for linking up to Be Inspired last week. Hope to see you again this week!


  23. That is an absolutely fabulous idea!!!! I love the look when the lamp is turned on. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

  24. I LOVE this lamp!! Question though....the plastic slide mounts in the final picture are black. Did you buy them that way? I have some really ugly ones with stamps on them and i want to make them black. FYI spray paint does not work.:)

  25. Thanks! :) They're actually white, it's just the way the flash looks bouncing off the white. BUT I have seen where you can buy them in different colors they're just a little bit more expensive.