When it comes to turning unwanted junk into useful household items, it's hard to look past IKEA Hackers. The DIY website has done it again with a light-up display case that's perfect for storing geeky knick-knacks.
To create your own compact display case, you'll need a pair of IKEA LEDBERG LED 3-piece lighting strip sets, a shockcord, some old CD cases (which fill in as display stands) and three CD racks. For best results, you'll need the wooden kind that have recessed grooves down the middle.
Here's IKEA Hackers reader Huib von Essen on how he created his light-up display case:
As Digital goes über digital, much first-gen digital paraphernalia gets left by the wayside. Time to get busy and turn some CD things into a neat case for stuff, gear, trinkets and other things you'd like to display.
Make your shockcord into a loop and tie or clamp. Test first how long it needs to be to make, say, two loops all around. Line up your three CD storage racks and wrap the shockcord around the racks fitting it into the recessed groves. Everything should be held together snugly.
Slip a Ledberg unit (two sticks out of the three otherwise it is too long) into each of the gaps that result from strapping the racks together. The strands of shockcord will ensure that the LEDs will not fall out. Mount or place the unit. Get your old CD cases and remove all the contents including the actual CD holding insert if you like. All clear cases give the nicest effect. Insert them into the usual slots and add display material!
Huib seems to be using his creation to display a variety of random gadgets, but the solution would work just as well for miniatures, action figures and other bite-sized collectibles.
[Via IKEA Hackers]