Kodachrome curtains

Here's the finished curtains I made out of Kodachrome slides! The slides date from the 50s and early 60s, and are all from a lot of slides I got in Kansas City last fall. The majority of slides on the right panel are of horses. Go figure. Travis drilled 8 holes in the slides using a Dremel tool in a Dremel drill press thingy, and I connected them all using aluminum chainmail rings.


Hey, this made Flickr Explore! Woot!


Holy crap, now this is on Lifehacker and Make and Craft and Craftster! Double woot! I have the most famous curtains on the internets. :)


In response to the whole "Won't it fade?" question, I'm pretty sure that yes, in time, the slides (especially the ones in direct sunlight) will fade. I don't know how long they'll last. If it happens in the next week or so, I'll let you know. :) Hopefully, they'll last a year or so. I have a ton of old slides, so as they fade, I can just replace them with others. That won't be any big deal. I think if this was on a north-facing window, the slides will fade a lot slower. Also, I scanned in the most interesting slides, so in case the slides to fade to nothingness, the image is still preserved.


Fifth update - After 5 months, the images don't look like they've faded at all.


Fourth update - I finally went ahead and banned the guy who had been arguing with me in the comments. So, if you're reading through the comments and things seem like they're missing, that's why. If you're curious about what was said, just Flickrmail me and I'll paraphrase. I just want to make it clear that this particular user has been blocked not because of anything he said, but because he continued to infringe on the copyright to this photo after repeated requests that he not do so. I'm cool with someone disagreeing with me; I'm not cool with theft.


Third update! - I wrote an epically long, self indulgent blog post about the whole "You must preserve history!" angst that's gone on in the comments. You can read it here: yarnzombie.net/craft/?p=194


Another update! I made a lamp out some of the leftover slides. It's here if you want to check it out: www.flickr.com/photos/yarnzombie/4366892426/


*Update!* 2-17-10 www .roadsideonline .com , who has been arguing with me in the comment section, has stolen this picture without permission to use on his own site.

  • Michael Lewis 5y

  • Dr Drapes 5y

  • Ben_ [Analog] 5y

    wow !!!! brillant
  • yzo 5y

    omg what a great idea! so tempted so steal the idea for my curtain haha
  • Happy Tinfoil Cat 5y

  • sq6git 5y

  • Sean 5y

    I haven't had a chance to look through all this but to save time I'll just ask, do you have a step by step guide on how to create something like this? I completely agree about preserving history, myself I use accounts such as Facebook mainly to remember and share memories through photos. I would love to create something like this but I admit... I have no idea how.

    Nevermind, I found a crafting site which has more info on how this was created. I guess my question would be, is it possible to create slides with current pictures these days? If I had a bunch on a digital camera or something, is there a place that could convert those pics into something that could be used for a curtain like yours?
  • Jackie 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wonderful Windows, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Kenneth Rivenes 5y

    Fantastic idea! i love it! you could also make them in a mosaic pattern or image, if you have the right coloured slides.
  • Jonathan 5y

    I think I've found a use for all my old colour slides! What a great idea!
  • greeneseale 5y

    Wow, I know that took a long time. Just found your post after looking how to recycle some old class slides (mostly of rocks and inanimate objects I don't care about). I was going to throw them out, but this gets me thinking! Thanks!
  • sundero 5y

    OK! WOW totally awesome! I have a ton of old slides I've scanned by can't bear to part with! Bless you for this idea!
  • fED 4y

    That is the coolest thing I´ve ever seen!
  • favona 4y

    cool idea! and great way to view the slides!
  • Eric Binns 4y

    Great idea and execution! If I ever try something like this it will be because I saw this picture.
  • lil_red_metro 4y

    I actually did the same thing in 2009, when we first moved into our house, but I glued my all my slides onto a piece of plexiglass and used the same curtain clips to hang the whole thing in he window in one piece.
  • jonesycrush 3y

    fandamntastic! I have thousands of slides my dad has taken over the last 60 years. now I know what to do with them once I've scanned them!!!
  • Agent Retro 3y

    I started my own curtain this weekend! thanks for sharing such an awesome idea!!!! I've just aquired 3000+ slides so I'm ready to rock n roll!!! : )
  • AnaMachadooo 2y

    Hello! I saw this article
    a while back and I loved the idea of using the slides to make a lamp.

    Today I was thinking that what I needed was a curtain, and then I was thinking about that lamp made of slides! That could be a curtain! Of course I went looking if someone had done it before and that's when I found this work of yours. Its really amazing and so pretty!

    So now I have one question..
    It's like 3 years since you've done this amazing curtains...have the images faded?
    I worry about that, I wanted to use my father's old slides, and I didn't want to completly ruin them...

    Thanks so much for reading and I hope you understand my english.
    Again congratulations on this amazing work.
  • Jana Randall 1y


    I wanted to let you know that we will be using your photo of the map made window in an upcoming article on SheKnows! The photo will be credited correctly and link directly to your page.

    If you have any questions or would not like me to use your photo, please let me know. I will send you an email once the article is live as well as a feature button 

    Hope all is well,

    Home & Living Assigning Editor
285 faves
Taken on February 14, 2010
  • 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
  • ƒ/4.0
  • 24.0 mm
  • 1/30
  • 280
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 6 groups
This photo is in 3 albums
This photo is in 6 galleries

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context