Home #Makerspace: How to Make a Light Box for Art and Play
This week, art class happened at night. Using some leftover holiday string lights and acrylic sheeting, I made a light box for my two young boys to draw, play and design on.
Light boxes lend themselves to lots of different explorations. Bits of colored paper become kalidescope-like confetti, simple photographs become complex tracings, colors combine unexpectedly and learn the physics of light. Plant life and structures light up to the biologist. Plus, with a little red and yellow construction paper, you can light a fire for ghost stories!
This tutorial utilizes a table saw to create the necessary rabbets and miter joints. These are great intermediate table saw skills to learn, practice and utilize in your work flow. Strong, clean joinery really sets your project apart from the pack. While kid-focused, this project isn’t really designed to be made with young maker help.
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