How to make a light box for under £20!

This half term my theme is “Light up my life” with a focus on investigating light and dark. Whilst flicking through Pinterest for inspiration I noticed a great deal of activities relied upon the use of a light box- a classroom accessory to which unfortunately most classroom budgets just will not stretch! However, Pinterest being the wonderful fountain of knowledge that it is, it didn’t take me long to find a DIY version. I have altered some of the method slightly and I’m very pleased with the result.

You will need:

  • A large plastic under-bed storage box- it is best if the plastic is frosted rather than clear, but either would work. (I used a ‘Samla’ from Ikea- £9.50)
  • A string of bright white fairy lights, battery or mains powered. (Mains generally give a brighter light)
  • 1 thick black bin liner (rubble bags work well)
  • 2 white bin liners
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape

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Cut the black bin liner into strips to match the height of the box. Open out the strips.

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Attach the strips all around the edge of the box so that the light will be concentrated upwards towards the lid.

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Cut the bottom off the white bin liners and open them out. Lay one on top of the other and cut both to fit the lid. Attach them in a double layer. This will allow the light to be dispersed more evenly.

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If you are using lights that plug into the mains, the wire can lay over the edge and the lid will still shut.

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Attach the lid, turn off the lights and admire your creation!

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I can’t wait to see what the children make of this in our dark den! If you have a go at making your own light box, we’d love to hear about it. Send us your photos and we may feature them on the blog!

Happy making!

Hannah

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