One day last week, I was tracing some embroidery patterns onto muslin with the pattern and fabric taped to the window of the back door. I commented how much easier it would be to trace them if I had a light box and wished there was a way to make one that wouldn’t cost too much.
A few minutes later, I noticed that Dave had disappeared into the garage and then was off for a quick trip to the hardware store. Some more time in the garage and he came in with a new light box for me.
This is what he started out with:
The wood frame is from an extra drawer organizer that was stored in the garage. He removed the dividers and the bottom to give him the frame. The sheet of plexiglass, rope light and tiny finishing nails he picked up at the hardware store. (<-affiliate links)
He installed the rope light using the clips that came with it.
A notch was cut in one corner for the cord to come through.
A bit of his time, under $20 in materials and here’s the finished light box. (There’s enough plexiglass left for another project and of course lots of tiny nails for many future projects)
And this is my new light box in action:
One of my next sewing projects will be to make a bag to store it in.
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