Monday, October 5, 2015

DIY Light Box


So this was an awesome Pinterest find that I was able to put together in less than 15 minutes!


I happened to have all the supplies already which made it all the more awesome!

Supplies:
1 Clear storage container (the lid for mine was white, so I simply turned the container upside down.)
1 string of twinkle lights (I used white, but different colors would create cool different effects)
A strip of wax paper the length of the container (this makes the surface opaque, which diffuses the light more evenly)
White duct tape ( any color would do, I just like the cleaner look of the white.)



Use small strips of tape to secure the twinkle lights evenly arranged on the bottom of the container, or in my case to the lid, since that was going to be the bottom of our light box. Leave the length of wire with the plug loose and make sure you have arranged the lights so as to have the plug where you will have ease of access to an outlet.


Secure the lid onto the container, be sure not to trap any bulbs between the lid and container as this could break the bulbs. The wire may easily fit between the lid and container, as it did in ours, but if you container has a more snug seal, you may want to cut a hole through the container large enough for the plug to fit through.


Lay the wax paper on top of the container and secure edges all around with white tape. This prevents tears along the edges. ( I know that we will have to periodically replace the wax paper on ours as it accidentally, or purposely, gets nicked and ripped.)

Plug in and enjoy!!


Kit loved putting together her gear set on top of the table and watching them spin over the glowing light.


Then Zak joined in and they used the Blockus pieces to create cool patterns on the surface, and then put on the crazy glasses from our Googley Eyes game to make some kaleidoscope like effects.



All in all, it was a quick, easy, and fun indoor activity. We used it a lot this summer when it was just too hot to play outside. But now that fall is here and winter soon to follow, this would make a great play station on those frigid days as well.


It also makes a lovely night light!




2 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely idea! I have children who will spend hours playing with a light box. Thank you so much for making an expensive toy a reasonable DIY gift. I have this pinned to my "to make for Christmas" board (which is a very exclusive board....FYI) Thanks so much. :)

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