How to Make Led Light Box Display 

We led Light Box Display: How to Make One! We all want our images to look their best, whether we’re working as professionals or just taking them for leisure. How can we achieve that? Creating and displaying them in a stunning lightbox display is one way, though! In this post, I’ll demonstrate how simple it is to make your LED photo lightbox display with basic home objects.  

The best approach to display your photos is in a lightbox display. The fact that this kind of photo display is so simple to make is its best feature. It’s not too tricky and a terrific method to cut expenditures on lighting or if you want something different for your home.

How to Make Led Light Box Display

I created a low-cost lightbox for myself using some readily available components. An RGB LED strip and other stuff lying around or purchased for less than market value came to only $20!

Step 1: Materials

To construct the LED Light Box Display, these materials are necessary.

  • plywood (I used 15mm birch ply)
  • flexible LED strip
  • 1/4″ vinyl-faced MDF
  • sheet of dollar-store foamboard
  • woodworking tools
  • wood glue 
  • Hot glue


Tempered glass is a far better alternative for the top of your desk than any other type of material. After digging, I discovered two 14″ x 14″ panes for just $0.50 each, brightening my day!

Materials 1

This lightbox’s glass is unique since it was created from shattered computer monitor glass. The pane is more expensive than other solutions because of the type of plastic, but if you have an old printer or scanner lying around, that might also work!

Step 2: Box Sides

Box Sides

I used a finer finish polish and made the box’s sides 6 inches tall to give it a more upscale appearance. I cut rabbets (or “rebates”) along the top edge of the glass to keep it in place and another pair where the glass meets the MDF panel, using a router positioned within the table. Two opposing joints were used at the corners, and the length of the sides was constructed to fit a particular pane.

Step 3: Dry Fit

The box’s sides were dry-fitted to ensure that my glass would fit properly. To place panels or windows on an outside wall without any frameworks underneath, I had to cut just a little deeper into each top Rabbet. This keeps things looking neater.

Dry Fit

Before you put the box together, it’s a good idea to double-check your work. Instead of waiting until it’s too late, you might discover that one of those components has to be modified or replaced because it needs to fit better.

Step 4: Paint Inner Walls 

Paint Inner Walls

The interior walls were freshly painted white with spray paint, giving the space a brand-new appearance.

Step 5: Assemble Box 

Assemble Box

This project requires wood glue and brads to assemble all of its components; once they’re dry (of course), you fill in any exposed holes where putty was placed before sanding smooth once more to allow spray lacquer coats to be added to your finished product!

Step 6: Glue in Glass 

Glue in Glass

I cut a little piece of glass for the corner, adhered it with E-6000, cleaned the glue with soap and water (or Goo Gone), and then positioned it. Less than an hour passed before the glue hardened all four sides, keeping them secure!

Step 7: Foamboard to Diffuse Light 

Foamboard to Diffuse Light

Ultimately, I discovered that inexpensive foamboard was effective for evenly dispersing light. Use a sort of board with thin paper on it, please! I could see out of my inside glass window the entire while this repair was underway because of one piece that was precisely cut to fit against it.

Step 8: Add Light Power Boxes 

Add Light Power Boxes

Finding the ideal lighting for your house is challenging. Have a set of LED strips that emit an inconsistent light? Do you have a lighting fixture that needs new bulbs but are unsure you need to know which ones will perform best? Take note of this DIYer who replaced their SECOND cable set with a strip of bright and colorful LEDs if you’re having difficulties finding something suitable.

Step 9: Affix LED Strip 

Affix LED Strip

I used hot glue to keep the LED strip around the wall. I reinforced every point where they met by adding a ton of the gooey liquid that clings to surfaces and other objects because the glue was a little dubious.

Step 10: Bottom Panel 

Bottom Panel

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Step 11: Finishing Touches 

Finishing Touches

I utilized foam with an adhesive-backed backing and velcro fastened to the bottom corners to make my sliding refrigerator door functional.

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Q1: What materials are typically needed for an LED light box display?

A1: You’ll typically need an acrylic sheet, LED light strips, a power supply, a frame or enclosure, and various tools like a drill and screws.

Q2: How do you create an even light distribution in an LED light box display?

A2: Attach the LED light strips evenly along the edges or behind the acrylic sheet to ensure even illumination.

Q3: What’s the purpose of using an acrylic sheet in an LED light box display?

A3: The acrylic sheet is the display surface and diffuses the light from the LEDs, providing a uniform and visually appealing glow.

Q4: How can you customize the appearance of an LED light box display?

A4: You can customize the appearance by choosing different LED strip colours, adjusting the brightness, and adding graphics or designs to the acrylic sheet.

Q5: Are there any safety precautions to consider when working with LED light box displays?

A5: Yes, be cautious with electrical connections, avoid overloading the power supply, and ensure that the LED strips are installed securely to prevent any safety hazards.

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