We have all seen a movie or TV show where someone opens a treasure chest or brief case and the gold or diamonds inside are so shiny that the container is glowing as soon as it is opened. I thought that this would make a great effect for Christmas presents. So in this project, I am going to show you how to make a glowing treasure chest. 

Here is the basic design. A switch is mounted to the side of a wooden box with metal brackets (because I didn't want to mess up the felt lining). This switch is then wired to a set of lights that will turn on when the box is opened. You can also add sound effects if you want.  

Step 1: Materials

Wooden Chest (or other box)
Normally Closed Momentary Switch
Thin Sheet Metal 
Battery Powered Lights
A Small Piece of Card Stock
Sound Record/Playback Module (optional)

Tin Snips
Needle Nose Pliers
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Wire Strippers
Here's a photo of how everything is wired up as well as the back of the led battery pack if that helps. Thanks!
<p>You have the wires switched. The wire coming from the sound module should be connected to the spring of the battery pack and the wire from the 9 volt battery should be connected to the negative side of the AA battery. </p>
Hi,<br>I'm completely new to soldering and have a couple of questions regarding soldering to the sound module and wiring the negative terminals of the batteries together. I have the same sound module as you from radio shack and am having trouble threading the wire through the tiny pin hole. There also seem to be no contact points on the circuit board near the holes so I guess I would have to solder to the button connectors which I am assuming are the tabs that hold the button in place? Can you please provide a picture of the other side of the circuit board so that I can compare? Secondly, did you wrap one end of the wire around the negative terminal directly on the 9V battery or was it on the negative terminal of the connector portion of the sound module? I'd appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you
<p>I didn't do any soldering to my sound module. I just separated a few pieces of the stranded wire and fit them through the small hole. Then I twisted the wires together tightly. The wires being pulled tightly to the side of the hole make a good enough connection. </p><p>The negative terminals of both battery packs are connected together. Then on the other side of the insulating card, the wires from the sound module and the switch are connected. </p><p>I hope that helps. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your response and help. I've followed your instructions to the tee and managed to thread some wire through the hole in the sound board as well as connecting the 9V battery to the negative terminal of the battery pack for the lights. Unfortunately I've run into another snag. The momentary switch is able to trigger only the sound and not the lights when the switch on the light terminal is set to the &quot;off&quot; position. When the switch on the light terminal is set to the &quot;on&quot; position the momentary switch is able to trigger the lights but not the sound. Along with this I've noticed that the AA battery on the side where the wires are all connected becomes really hot to the touch. Please help!</p><p>Thank you!</p>
<p>That sounds strange. Take a picture of how all the parts are wired together and post it here.</p>
Your chest looks nice. Can i suggest there are similar switches with slightly longer levers that make it easier to make the switch work without that second metal strip. I feel the metal strip is not 100% child-safe.

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