Light Shadow Box

About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

Hi All,

Few years back I came across "Illuminated cut paper light box by Harry and Deepti". I have being thinking about it for some time and now finally made one for a friend

In this instructable, I will share how to make one at home, hope you like it

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Step 1: What Do We Need ?

  • A wooden box ( I got this as part of wooden toy, so recycling it )
  • Cartridge paper ( 4 White and one Red)
  • Paper knife
  • Steel scale
  • Pencil
  • Cutting board
  • LED strip
  • 12 V adaptor or LED driver
  • GlueStick

Step 2: Prepare

  • Based on inner dimensions of the wooden box, cut cartridge paper to the dimension
  • My box was 164 mm square, So I cut squares of 163 mm for easy slide later
  • Draw border of 10 mm on each side, this is our margin, we will not cut beyond this
  • Also this will be used to add spacers

Step 3: Layer 1

  • This is the first layer start from behind
  • I took one from internet, you may download as other logo as you like
  • You could print it or trace it on the cartridge paper
  • Then cut the logo out as shown
  • To diffuse light, we can use regular printer paper or baking sheet and paste it behind the logo

Step 4: Layer 2

  • This is second layer from behind
  • This is a free hand drawing of spider-man's web
  • Cut out carefully as shown

Step 5: Layer 3

  • This is 3rd layer from behind
  • I have used a red paper for spider man
  • Cut out the outline , eye and spider logo
  • Diffuse light by covering eyes and logo with small pieces of baking sheet

Step 6: Layer 4, 5 and 6

  • These are 4th, 5th and 6th layers from behind
  • Instead of using new squares, I am using left overs from the previous squares
  • Cut out 3 layers of city outline as shown
  • Added slots for some light to pass through

Step 7: Layering

  • I am using strips cut from corrugated box as spacers
  • Stick these strips as frames behind each layer starting from front to the back
  • `Use gluestick that dries faster

Step 8: LED

  • Add LED Strip on the inside of the wooden box
  • Connect the LED strip to a led driver
  • Test that the LED strip works, mine had a issue with 1 element which did not work...

Step 9: Final Assembly

  • One all glue is dried, carefully, push the paper layers into the wooden box
  • You can cover the wooden box with some frame and glass
  • But I intent to modify and adjust few layer in future...
  • Find a corner and Light it up!! admire

I hope you liked this instructable and share suggest and feedback

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    2 months ago

    That turned out great! I love these shadow box projects :D