What you’ll need:
Ikea’s Grönö lamp
Negatives or other transparancies
OPTIONAL: rubber bands for holding the strips of negatives to the lamp
The negatives should be easy enough to find if you’re a memory hoarder like most of us. With almost everyone using digital photography these days, most of those old negatives have been relegated to storage because you can’t bear to part with them – they are reminders of special times, after all.
Step 1: Use black and white negatives, color negatives or any other transparency film (like x-rays!). Measure the film against the sides of the lamp to figure out how long the strips should be. Don’t attach the hardware to the lamp base until after you’ve finished covering the sides in negatives and letting the Mod Podge dry.
Step 2: Spread an even coat of Mod Podge on one side of the lamp.
Step 3: Carefully press down the first strip of negatives on one edge of the lamp. Place the second strip on the opposite side. The third strip will go in the middle and slightly overlap the other strips.
Step 4: When you have all three strips glued down, run your finger over the negatives to ensure a decent bond.
Step 5: After all four sides are covered, layer on a few more coatings of the Mod Podge. The Mod Podge should hold the negatives to the lamp pretty well until it dries, but if you find that the negatives keep popping up, add more Mod Podge and whip a rubber band around the lamp to hold them in place.
Step 6: Dry and attach the lamp hardware.
The finished project is truly stunning. The light shining through the negative strips brings the images to life and calls to mind old movie projectors and photography studios.