DIY Lightbox

Finally… finally…FINALLY! The hubby and I built a light box for the boys! This has been something I’ve wanted to do for while now. After seeing so many of my fellow Instagram friends posting their diy light tables, and some fun activities to go along with it, I just knew we had to go for it once and for all!

Surprisingly it wasn’t as hard to build as I thought it may be. I had felt so overwhelmed with the idea of making one because there are so many DIY light tables out there, so I kept putting that idea off. Though, I am so happy the inspiration for wanting one grew stronger in both me and the boys because we now have loads of fun with it!


Luckily for us we had most of the materials that were needed lying around the house, so we only had to spend about $15. We built ours out of wood and plexiglass, it’s not a huge lighttable (more like a light box, measuring approximately 14″x 24″) but it does the job. We are thinking of converting our train table to one in the future.  Anyways below I have listed the materials and steps on how to build your own.


  • Two pieces of wood 24″x 7″
  • Two pieces of wood 12″x 7″
  • One piece of wood 24″ x 14″
  • Plexiglass 24″x 14″
  • Drill
  • Screws/Screw gun
  • Sanpaper
  • Tinfoil
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Rope Lights/Fairy Lights
  • clear packaging tape
  1. First step would be to sand down your wood to make sure there aren’t any rough edges.
  2. Your biggest piece of wood is 24″x 14″, this is going to be the bottom of your box. Your other pieces are going to become the sides of the box, so you’ll want to take those and drill them nice and tight.
  3. Once you have formed your box you are going to line the inside bottom and all four sides with tinfoil.
  4. Next take your rope lights or fairy lights and mount them inside the box going around all four sides ( we put little clips to hold lights in place. IMG_3629
  5. Drill a hole on the side of your box to for the cord.
  6. Now all that’s left is to tape your white tissue paper onto one side of your plexiglass (this side will face inside the box) and then screw your plexiglass onto the top of your box.


There you have it, your very own light box! This project is fairly simple and pretty affordable. As I said before there are so many different versions out there and if you don’t want to use wood you can use a plastic box with a transparent lid (Danya Banya has a great tutorial).


Some fun toys to use one these tables are transparent legos, or blocks. You can also cut transparent folder dividers into different shapes or letters and use them on your light table they glow really well! We also used plastic transparent fruit shaped ice cubes that we found at the dollar store. Another fun item to use are neon bending straws, my boys loved these!


I hope you give this project a try, it’s not at all as hard as you may think it would be. Don’t be like me and wait to make yours, give it a shot you won’t regret all the fun that these light tables have to offer!

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