Custom LED Lightbox
My amazingly talented friend Page, posted this photo to her Instagram feed and emailed me to say it was a fun project that I should try. Um, light-up sign? Yes please.
Here’s what she turned me onto. Are you sitting down for this or at least prepared to have your mind blown?
What you’ll need for a DIY Lightbox
You only need a few supplies (affiliate links included for your convenience):
The LED lights are miniature and adhesive… which means you can pretty much make a light box out of ANYTHING. I followed Page’s lead and used a simple shadow box frame but anything with enough depth to accommodate the tiny strand of lights would work. I also grabbed a can of Rustoleum’s Frosted Glass spray paint. In hindsight, I could have gone with something that had a little bit more coverage, but this ended up working just fine. Without even removing the glass from the frame, I sprayed the inside of the shadow box. I had to give the glass of the shadow box frame quite a few coats of the spray paint, but I ultimately ended up with the right amount of opacity.
Page happened to have some vintage marquee letters on hand for her project, but I wasn’t that lucky. However… a little bit of time with google and I found this company. It was SUPER easy. I went with vinyl letters like you’d use on a glass window (Futura font). A few days later and I had letters for my sign.
The LED light strips couldn’t be easier to work with… the adhesive backing peels right off like a sticker and the strip is clearly marked between every 3 LED lights for where you can cut. Once I’d worked my way around the inside of the frame, I cut the strip and moved on to the next super simple step.
The vinyl letters went onto the front of the glass really easily. (Alphabet Signs actually includes a tool for applying the letters to the glass…) I mean, this looks amazing already, right?!
In order to make the LED lights actually work, you also need a simple plug. In order for the plug to fit the shadow box, I cut one little corner from the back of the frame.
If you happen to have a wall outlet, this project will work perfectly as you won’t see the plug. I’m still not sure where I’m going to hang this, but if it’s over a table or something, I can hide the plug. Otherwise, I might try to spray paint the cord white so it doesn’t stand out so much.
Regardless… I can’t believe how easy this light box was- the possibilities are endless. It cost maybe $7 to have “The Smiths” made out of vinyl letters, but I could have used any color and come up with any text. I might make one where each letter is a different color and spell out one of the kids’ names. Or a favorite word of ours. Or quotes… I told you… I’m in love. Not to mention that it looks just as nice with the lights turned off as it does when they’re on!