Use A Wine Box To Make A DIY Light Box Sign
When it comes to the bigger decisions in my life I’m quick and decisive. But when it comes to the stuff that doesn’t matter I can dither. With this DIY light box sign, I couldn’t decide on one just one sign. So I made it so that the signs were interchangeable. So I could then have as many different signs as I wanted.
My Aunt turned up at Christmas with another one of her wine boxes from France. I made my son a DIY nightstand from the box she gave me last year. With this year’s wine box I made a light box.
The individual signs were printed on to acetate and the lights used were LEDberg lights from IKEA.
I think the COFFEE cup is my favourite sign, well it is this week!
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What You need to make a DIY light box sign
- Wooden Wine box- I used a six bottle wine box for a large rectangular sign. You could use a single bottle wine box to make a smaller sign.
These wine boxes are often available from your local wine merchants sometimes for free. At worst you’ll have to buy some wine and drink it to get the free box.
- IKEA LEDberg Spot lights
- Dark wood wax
- Inkjet Printable Acetate
- Velcro dots and/or double sided sticky pads.
- Inject Printer
- Hot Glue Gun
How to Make A DIY light box Sign
- The wine box I used for this sign was new, so I simply used dark wax to age the box and give it a more retro look.
- Drill a hole in the top corner of the wine box that is large enough to feed through the wires of the IKEA Ledberg spot lights.
- Place the IKEA Ledberg spotlights inside the box. Fix them to the top of the box using the stick pads provided. Feed the wires through the drilled hole.
- Next make a frame mount for the printed light box sign. You can either cut one from the box lid or use scraps of craft wood to make a simple frame. I made mine from wood scraps glued together with a hot glue gun and then waxed to match the wine box.
- All the signs for the box were A4 in size. They were designed using CANVA.com (a free graphic design site). These were then printed on to Acetate paper.
TOP TIP : The colour saturation on the acetate can be abit light. To compensate for this print off 2 copies of each design and stick them together.
- Stick the acetate sign to the frame using either velcro dots or double sided sticky pads. That way it is easy to change up the signs whenever you like.
Printing the DIY lightbox signs..
As you can see I had fun designing the different quotes and pictures for the DIY light box sign. The Coffee sign is my favourite and I will use the bunting sign for birthdays. I will design and print off different signs for different holidays, such as a heart for Valentine’s and a tree for Christmas.
If you are wondering what the”KJEMPEFLOTT” sign is all about. “KJEMPEFLOTT” is my favourite word, which I use a lot. It is Norwegian and means awesome! You will have to visit Google translate for the pronunciation.
What words or phrases would use for your light box?
For more sign ideas check out DIYideacenter.com