June 14, 2019

How to Build a Cheap DIY LED Balloon Light out of Shower Curtains

Need to create some moonlight, street light, or even UFO light effects? Here's how to do it on the cheap.

Sometimes you come across a DIY build that kind of stops you in your tracks and makes you go, "I'm not sure if I need that, but I really want to make that."

That's the case with this DIY tutorial video. In it, Todd Blankenship from Shutterstock experiments with some shower curtains, LED strip lights, and helium to create a giant balloon light that not only has great, diffused output but also friggin' floats.

So, if you are itching for a kind of complicated, slightly expensive, but really, really interesting DIY project, check out Blankenship's video below:

As you can tell from the video, you're going to need quite a few supplies and materials, the vast majority of which aren't going to cost you much money.

Supplies and Materials List

  • 2x quad row LED strip lights
  • 2x 350 power supplies
  • 4x extra-wide frost shower curtains
  • 2 power supply cables
  • 50ft of lamp cord
  • 2x pool floaties or inflatables (for the air valves)
  • helium
  • clothes iron
  • scissors
  • screwdriver
  • hot glue gun (and glue)
  • wire strippers
  • electrical tape

Now, this stuff is going to run you around $300; the strip lights alone are going to eat up a third of that cost, which you probably expected.

Is $300 an ideal cost for a DIY light like this? I don't know...that depends on what your budget is and what your projects require. 

I mean, the investment of time and money seems a little steep for those who aren't dying to get their hands on a balloon light, but compared to the cost of a real manufactured balloon light, $300 is peanuts. You'll be saving thousands.

What do you think? Would you want to make this thing? Let us know down below.     

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im definitely gonna try this for my next product shoot

June 17, 2019 at 8:20AM

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