Lighted Snowman Photo Cube

Ornament measures 3” long from the angel’s crown to the feather bottom.

Ornament measures 3” long from the angel’s crown to the feather bottom.

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Display special Christmas cards or photos with this pretty, three-inch, snowman cube.  The image and lights repeat on all four sides, bouncing lights on surrounding walls. 

I've created some original artwork for you so you don't have to be an artist or a designer to complete this project. The steps are simple if you are comfortable with drilling a few holes into wood. With a large drill bit you’ll open a space in the bottom for the battery pack. After printing the image page on clear film, you’ll cut out the squares and glue them to the photo cube. Complete the cube with a small drill bit creating the holes for the lights above the snowman. 

As you can imagine, if you create a white snowman on clear film, your printer won't print white. So whatever is white in the artwork on your computer will be clear on the film and pick up the color of the object to which it is adhered. In this case it will be light balsa wood which is totally acceptable unless you encounter a cube with a dark wood grain like in the photo on the right.  In that case the cube should be painted white or the film should be glued to white paper and then glued to the wood. If your wood cube is perfectly uniform in color, you can glue your film directly onto the wood.  I suggest a very light sanding with fine sandpaper first for a smooth finish.

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the five panel images on the glossy side of Craft Attitude film. The text is deliberately backwards.

step 1 - Download and print out the five panel images on the glossy side of Craft Attitude film. The text is deliberately backwards.

step 2 - Cover the black wire on the cube with masking tape to prevent it from getting sprayed with adhesive.

step 2 - Cover the black wire on the cube with masking tape to prevent it from getting sprayed with adhesive.

step 3 - With a large drill bit, drill holes close together in a circle on the bottom of the cube.  Use pliers to break the separation between the holes and create an opening large enough to insert the battery pack at angle.

step 3 - With a large drill bit, drill holes close together in a circle on the bottom of the cube.  Use pliers to break the separation between the holes and create an opening large enough to insert the battery pack at angle.

step 4 - Cut out the panel images with a craft knife or scissors. The squares are a tiny bit larger than the cube panel dimensions because as I discovered, the wood is not perfectly proportioned on all sides. The extra margins will make fitting the squares easier. Peel the film off the backing.

step 4 - Cut out the panel images with a craft knife or scissors. The squares are a tiny bit larger than the cube panel dimensions because as I discovered, the wood is not perfectly proportioned on all sides. The extra margins will make fitting the squares easier. Peel the film off the backing.

step 6 - Your finished canvas should look something like this.

step 5 - Spray adhesive on one cube panel. With the print side against the wood, align a film square to the top and one vertical side of the wood. Smooth into place. Lay that panel down on a cutting surface. Use a craft knife to trim any film that extends beyond the cube edge.  Repeat on remaining panels.

step 6 - Spray the cube top with adhesive.  With a craft knife or scissors, make a slit across the top film piece from the center to one side edge. Make a small cross slit at the center. Slip the film around the wire, matching all the outer corners and press in place.

step 6 - Spray the cube top with adhesive.  With a craft knife or scissors, make a slit across the top film piece from the center to one side edge. Make a small cross slit at the center. Slip the film around the wire, matching all the outer corners and press in place.

step 7 - Use a 1/8” or larger drill bit to drill holes into the 10 white dots above the snowman on all four panels.

step 7 - Use a 1/8” or larger drill bit to drill holes into the 10 white dots above the snowman on all four panels.

step 8 - Use a tooth pick or other round object to push wood shavings from the holes into the cube. Move the pick in a circular motion to smooth the hole edges.  Shake shavings out of the cube.

 

step 9 - Stuff the lights into the cube followed by the battery pack. Be sure the switch is positioned so that it is easily accessible. The battery pack is not attached to the cube in any way so it can be used for another project after the holidays.

step 9 - Stuff the lights into the cube followed by the battery pack. Be sure the switch is positioned so that it is easily accessible. The battery pack is not attached to the cube in any way so it can be used for another project after the holidays.

step 10 - The Beaded Trim With round nose pliers, create an open loop at the end of a ten inch black wire.  Wrap the wire around a magic marker to create a spiral. Stretch the spiral enough to allow beads to move across the wire easily. Alternate red beads and white pearls. Squeeze the spiral together to make it the right size to wrap around the cube wire in a circle. Create a loop on the other end of the bead wire and attach it to the first loop.  Squeeze the beaded wires together to create a star shape at the base of the cube.

step 10 - The Beaded Trim
With round nose pliers, create an open loop at the end of a ten inch black wire.  Wrap the wire around a magic marker to create a spiral. Stretch the spiral enough to allow beads to move across the wire easily. Alternate red beads and white pearls.

Squeeze the spiral together to make it the right size to wrap around the cube wire in a circle. Create a loop on the other end of the bead wire and attach it to the first loop. 

Squeeze the beaded wires together to create a star shape at the base of the cube.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Scrapbooking Attitude Film
  • DIY wood photo blocks
  • battery operated 18 string LED lights
  • wire cutters
  • black 18 gauge wire
  • Super 77 adhesive
  • 6mm red beads
  • 6mm white pearls

Miscellaneous

  • Electric drill with 1/8” bit and an extra large bit
  • ruler
  • masking tape
  • magic marker
  • craft knife

 

 


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