In addition, paper screens (readily available at Home Depot) are not only aesthetically pleasing but allow endless possibilities for creativity. Anything you can do on paper you can do on these blinds! For example, lights can be placed inside the box to create artistic silhouettes or projections. Transparencies can also be used in place of paper screens for another level of customization.
Before starting construction, Solidworks models were created to set dimensions and visualize assembly.
Step 1: Purchase Necessary Supplies
4 - 12"x12"x1/2" wood (we used plywood)
1 - 12"x12"x1/8" MDF
4 - L brackets with accompany 1/2" screws
8 - additional 1/2" screws
2 - magnets
1 - 11" wide folding screen (length is up to your own discretion)
Each Support Triangle
2 - 12"x12"x1/2" pieces of wood
1 - L bracket with accompany 1/2" screws
The folding screen is a temporary paper window screen that was purchased from Home Depot. You can also make your own by folding a large piece of paper.
Step 2: Preparing and Assembling Wood Pieces
The L-brackets are placed 1" from the edge on the box. These positions were first measured and marked with pencil, then a hole punched in the appropriate place for the screw. Subsequently the L-bracket was placed on and the screw screwed in manually. Following this same procedure for all four sides creates the basis of the box. Be sure to note that the for the box, the pieces are staggered so that the side face of one piece is flush with the main face of the connecting piece. See the pictures for clarification. Screws are used to hold the other side of the box together (4 screws per box, one to attach teach corner). Again, see pictures for clarification.
The L-brackets are placed in the middle. They are marked in the same way as for the Box. The difference is that unlike the box which has pieces staggered, the triangle's two sides are both attached at the very edge of the wooden board so that the inside corner of the two pieces are touching.
Step 3: Backing
Step 4: Screen
To keep the screen open, a clip or another magnet can be used. The magnet would be glued to the same fold that is glued to the box. Make sure the magnets are strong enough to fold the folds together.