Easy homemade light box – 2 common household items…
I’ve done it! I’ve come up with a super-simple and inexpensive homemade Light Box and I’m so excited to share it with you!
For months now, I’ve been drooling over all of the fabulous light tables and light boxes that have been popping up all over the blogosphere, and I knew if I thought hard enough, I could come up with a simple way to make a DIY light box using things I already had around the house.
This light box isn’t as large as a light table, but it works like a charm, and it’s perfect for one or two kids to gather around. And bonus: because it’s small and light-weight, it’s portable light box! You can take this in the car, to a playdate, to a sleep-over. Gotta love it!
Here’s how it’s done. Prepare to be amazed by it’s simplicity!
Supplies for a homemade light box:
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- opaque storage container
- LED Camping Light
About the LED lights:
These lights run on four AA batteries, and last forever. We have several that we use when we’re camping, and we’ve had them for years. I just pop the batteries out when they’re not in use.
About the container:
Look for an opaque (or frosted) container. Something that you would store muffins or cookies in is perfect. You want one that’s translucent rather than see-through so it will diffuse the light. If your container has a coloured lid, simply leave the lid off, and place the container upside-down, over top of the light to use it. I found my containers in the kitchen section of a second hand store.
How to make a homemade light box:
Set the light into the container, turn it on, pop the lid on the container, and voila! Instant light box! Alternatively, as I mentioned before, you can leave the lid off, and simply turn the container upside down and place it over the light to and get the same effect.
To test the light box, I just grabbed a few items from the kitchen since that’s where I was working.
For play, you’ll want to provide your child with items that are transparent and colourful so they’ll reflect the light. You can see some of the items that we use in my colour and light post.
This light box is the perfect size for one or two little ones to play at. It’s small and portable, so your child can take it the car or to a play-date or sleepover.
Your LED lights and all of the small items you use on your light box can be stored right inside the container in between uses.
Want to make a bigger light box?
If you’re interested in making a larger version, which serves as more of a light table, pop over to CBC Parents, to see what we whipped up for them!
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