How To Make 5-sided Paper Cut Light Box

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Materials: 160-220gsm paper, knife (or cutting machines), double-sided tape, 5mm thick foam board, led light.



1 – Cut the paper.
2 – Fold the paper along the dashed line.
3 – Stick the box with 2-sided tape (4 layers are 4 boxes).
4 – Stick the spacer to the bottom of each layer (the spacer thickness is 5 mm).
5 – Nest 4 layers together.
6 – Light up!

Video tutorial how to do:

Video 1:

Video 2:

Watch the video and you’ll see the innermost layer (layer 4) is pasted with a thin layer of paper, it helps the light to be more evenly distributed.
What is this thin layer of paper?
1 – You can use 70gsm paper (common printing paper for writing).
2 – The best is Tracing Paper (Vellum Paper) or Butter Paper (other names are Parchment Paper, Wax paper, Baking Paper). It has great thinness (as the photo below).

The order of the paper layers is displayed in a PNG or PDF file.

Each 5-sided light box has 4 layers of paper (1, 2, 3, 4).
Each paper layer consists of 5 sides (a, b, c, d, e).



– Thickness: 5mm
– Materials: foam board, straws, foam, etc…

Each 5-sided template has 4 layers of paper with twelve 5mm thick spacers, consisting of:
– 4 spacers 9.5cm long
– 4 spacers 8.5cm long
– 4 spacers 7.5cm long

The bottom of a 5-sided light box

Suggested light base

Make a box and put the led light into it.

Specifically in this photo: Using the foam board (or paperboard, or wood) create a box, then place the led light inside it.
The LEDs used in this photo are LED lightings 3 modules.
See how here: https://tdesign510.com/2020/06/23/handmade-box-frame-and-lamp-base/

In addition, every customer who buys the 5-sided light box template will receive a simple paper light base creation file (free).


Suggest suitable led lights

I will recommend some buy links, but they are examples only and not the best, I do not advertise and are not responsible for these links (They can also be deleted if the seller is no longer there).
It is better to search for the product yourself with the keywords (name of the material) that I suggest.
If possible, buy the materials at stores and consult the seller. The seller may consult materials more conveniently for you.

LED lighting 3 modules
Proposal link:
Aliexpress: https://aliexpress.com/item/32954052155.html


Led strip lights


Led fairy light

This type of light is a bit weak, so fix it by increasing the number of leds.
Proposal link:
Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/133407200833
Aliexpress: https://aliexpress.com/item/1005003162208668.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JONCSON-Operated-Waterproof-Decorative-Outdoor-Warm/dp/B07FD5RRF5


*** Type of led lights do not need to be the base

The 5-sided light box is hollow in the middle (7x7cm) so you can also choose some small lights to put inside it without being a light base.
For example:

– Led has AAA battery power (3 LED Battery Powered Wireless Night Light Stick Touch)
Proposal link:
Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/363811373664
Aliexpress: https://aliexpress.com/item/1005001671563694.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/LIGHT-Fulcrum-30010-301-Wireless-Stick/dp/B000R7PM36


– Led has CR2032 battery power (Mini LED Light Bulb Button Round Candle CR2032)
Proposal link:
Aliexpress: https://aliexpress.com/i/32669330424.html


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