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    Toy Reuse: Light-Up Diorama
    Added: Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
    What kind of idea: second-hand
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I made this diorama as a gift for a friend, using the guts of a battery-operated toy (one of the ones with lots of sounds and lights). When you look in the box and push the button on the side, LEDs flash on and off and illuminate a scene of UFOs and planets. The idea bubbled out of lots of toy taking-apart, and a Michel Gondry movie called Three Dead People. I liked making this because it uses this object that's a pretty common part of American childhood nowadays (a pretty annoying part, frankly), and turns it into something more magical - something that gets my imagination going a bit more than the original toy did. There's more information at the website below.

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