Lighted Snowman Photo Cube
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.
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 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.
- 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
- Electric drill with 1/8” bit and an extra large bit
- masking tape
- magic marker
- craft knife