Make a simple and cheap tracing light box!

6 Nov

It doesn’t look like anything special, but it works amzingly well!

Lightbox 1

I started out with a shoebox, and a plastic box frame I picked up at Goodwill for 1 or 2 bucks. I put the frame on top of the shoebox and traced around it. I used a craft knife to cut it out. I am really terrible at being precise with the craft knife, so it ended up being a little too large of a hole in some places, and the lines were crooked. Ideally, I would do it again, but this actually turned out pretty well, because I just went crazy with super glue along all sides of the frame on the underside of the lid, and it’s in there pretty securely now.


That is a lot of superglue right there

Lightbox 2

As you can see here, it doesn't line up at all! But so far the superglue is holding up!


This is a simple flourescent light I picked up at Goodwill for 2 bucks!

Tracing Paper

Place a sheet of tracing paper on top to diffuse the light

The Lightbox

And turn on the light, voila! Simple lightbox!

It’s really great for viewing slides


Slides 2

And for tracing embroidery patterns! Here is my next project. I figured I would make something for myself, since I hardly ever do. One of my favorite Hunter S. Thompson quotes.

It’s from Part 1, Chapter 12 of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket,┬átake the ride… and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

Tracing Buy the Ticket

And here it is all ready to be stitched up, after I traced it with a transfer pen, which rubs off easily if any is still visible after it’s all done.

Traced and ready

And by the way, that is the Treefrog font I used to make it.

All in all, this cost about $4, or $14, if you consider the shoes that came in the box. I already had tracing paper, but a pack of tracing paper can’t be much more than a few dollars as well.


3 Responses to “Make a simple and cheap tracing light box!”

  1. Ann July 27, 2011 at 11:20 AM #

    I love your light box! So easy so simple and my favorite part it cost very little! Thank you for sharing.


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