Tacky tacky tacky.
Yet I picked up the hat and looked inside and thought "Hey, if you can thread fiber optics into a hat, why not clay projects or whatnot?"
I found some kits on the internet (which included the light source and the cable) and began playing with lights in clay. My first attempt was pretty poor and I'm not going to share it here until I figure out how to present it better.
But this poster came out much better.
I saw the original poster at a thrift store and knew it was perfect.
Initially I thought I'd keep the frame and mat but the frame had no glass or plastic front and the mat was stained pretty badly.
So I bought a poster frame at the Wal-Mart and used some scrapbook paper for background (instead of using a mat).
Then I started adding the light fibers.
All in all I think it came out looking pretty cool.
You can hang it on your wall and never know it has any lights in it until you turn it on.
I'm giving it to one of my bosses at work who is from New York (shout-out to L Rod!). I'm sure she'll at least be gracious if she hates it!
get your own tacky American Flag hat (but why bother?)