DIY-Lightbox: build your own trendy eye-catcher

A LED lightbox saying Merry Christmas
Light up you home with our DIY lightbox this Christmas

  • Difficulty
    easy
  • Cost
    40-85 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h

Introduction

Lightboxes are really on trend this Christmas so why not create your own. They are perfect for festive parties or as an eye catching decoration. Just follow our simple step by step guide to create yours.

You need
Utilities
  • meter rule
  • ear protectors
  • g-clamps
  • safety glasses
  • protective gloves
  • pencil
Materials
  • Deep picture frame, e.g. 30 cm x 40 cm
  • Strong, white drawing paper (same size as the frame)
  • White clamping rails from a stationery shop or white plastic rails from a hardware shop
  • Lights, e.g. small string of lights or LED strip
  • Plastic letters from a craft shop or a decoration shop
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 7

Preparing the ligthbox

Removing the glass from a picture frame.

Open up the picture frame and carefully remove the glass.

Step 2 7

Glue in drawing paper

Using a hot glue gun to glue drawing paper to the photo frame.
Using a hot glue gun to glue drawing paper to the photo frame.

You need: Cordless glue gun, Plastic glue sticks, 2 sheets of drawing paper

Use a hot glue gun to glue the drawing paper to the inside of the back panel and to the inside of the glass. Place the glue dots at selected points around the edge that will be covered by the frame. Then, insert the glass with the paper.

Step 3 7

Add the lights

Using a hot glue gun - glue in the LED lights into the photo frame

You need: Cordless glue gun, Plastic glue sticks, LED lights

Glue the string of lights or LED strip all around the frame, starting in the middle of the frame using a hot glue gun. Remember to leave a small gap for the power cable.

Step 4 7

Create a hole for the cable

Cutting a hole into the frame using a mini-saw to allow space for the LED lights cable

You need: NanoBlade saw, work gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses, g-clamps

Using a mini-saw cut a small notch in the bottom of the frame to accommodate the cable for the string of lights or LED strip. Then insert the back panel of the frame and secure it place, using a hot glue gun.

Step 5 7

Measure the white clamping rails to size

Cutting a hole into the frame using a mini-saw to allow space for the LED lighs cable

You need: NanoBlade saw, protective gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses, g-clamps, meter rule, white clamping rails or plastic rails

Measure the length of the frame and use a mini-saw to cut the white clamping rails or plastic rails to size.

Step 6 7

Glue the rail to the frame

Using a hot gun to glue the rail to the frame

Use a hot glue gun to glue the rails to the glass. Draw a line with the hot glue gun right along the middle of the rails to create a space at the top and bottom, in which to hold the plastic letters. The distance between the rails depends on the size of the letters.

Step 7 7

Adding the finishing touches

Adding letters to the lightbox

You need: Letters

Once the rails are dry: Choose your quote, insert the letters and switch the lightbox on!