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DIY-Lightbox: build your own trendy eye-catcher

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A LED lightbox saying Merry Christmas
Light up you home with our DIY lightbox this Christmas
  • Difficulty
  • Costs
    50-100 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h


Lightboxes are really on trend this Christmas so why not create your own. They are perfect for festive parties or as an eye catching decoration. Just follow our simple step by step guide to create yours.

What you need

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Additional items
  • measuring tape
  • ear protectors
  • protective goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • Deep picture frame, e.g. 30 cm x 40 cm
  • Strong, white drawing paper (same size as the frame)
  • White clamping rails from a stationery shop or white plastic rails from a hardware shop
  • Lights, e.g. small string of lights or LED strip
  • Plastic letters from a craft shop or a decoration shop
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Preparing the ligthbox

Removing the glass from a picture frame

Open up the picture frame and carefully remove the glass.

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Glue in drawing paper

Using a hot glue gun to glue drawing paper to the photo frame

Use a hot glue gun to glue the drawing paper to the inside of the back panel and to the inside of the glass. Place the glue dots at selected points around the edge that will be covered by the frame. Then, insert the glass with the paper.

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Add the ligths

Using a hot glue gun glue in the LED lights into the photo frame

What you need: Cordless glue gun, LED lights

Glue the string of lights or LED strip all around the frame, starting in the middle of the frame using a hot glue gun. Remember to leave a small gap for the power cable.

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Create a hole for the cable

Cutting a hole into the frame using a mini-saw to allow space for the LED lighs cable

Using a mini-saw cut a small notch in the bottom of the frame to accommodate the cable for the string of lights or LED strip. Then insert the back panel of the frame and secure it place, using a hot glue gun.

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Measure the white clamping rails to size

Measuring and cutting the white clamping rails to size with a mini-saw

What you need: mini-saw, Pencil, measuring tape, white clamping rails or plastic rails

Measure the length of the frame and use a mini-saw to cut the white clamping rails or plastic rails to size.

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Glue the rail to the frame

Using a hot glue gun to  glue the rail to the frame

Use a hot glue gun to glue the rails to the glass. Draw a line with the hot glue gun right along the middle of the rails to create a space at the top and bottom, in which to hold the plastic letters. The distance between the rails depends on the size of the letters.

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Adding the finishing touches

Adding letters to the ligthbox

Once the rails are dry: Choose your quote, insert the letters and switch the lightbox on!

Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.