Rediscover the Past With a DIY IKEA Lamp Slide Projector

Remember slide carousels? We used to love sitting with our grandparents and going over slides from when our parents were little and hearing the soft click when a slide would advance. Although the carousels are out of service, the slides still remain and it has been a challenge to find a way to view them outside of scanning them into the computer. This DIY project is a great way to view those treasured slides (or new ones from your Lomo camera) on the wall just like the good 'ole carousel screening days.

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Instructables user Derte84 needed a slide projector to display the 35mm slides he had made from his Lomo camera. Instead of scouring thrift shops to find a projector, he decided to to think outside of the box and build a projector out of an Ikea lamp.

To make this project you will need an Isbrytare lamp from Ikea (or a similarly shaped lamp), wood and something to cut wood (or use an online laser cut service), and Vinilic glue.

The instructions are clear and the most challenging part of this project is finding a way to cut the wood if you do not use a laser cut service. While this projector won't have that soft click like the carousel, it is still a fun and lo-fi way to display those treasured slides from days gone by or the new ones you make with your Lomo camera. If you are a small space dweller like we are, another great thing about this projector is that it doubles as a lamp when not in use, just add a shade!

For a complete detailed step by step photo guide, check out Instructables.

(Via Instructables)

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