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Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Light-up Box

A box with a scary jack-o-lantern face backlit so the face is illuminated at night.
Keyword: Craft, DIY, Halloween, Holiday, Light-up, Lightbox, Project, Scary, Wood, Woodwork, Woodworking

Equipment

  • Combo Saw or other type of saw
  • Cordless Drill
  • Square, for marking measurements on board
  • Pencil, for marking measurements on board

Materials

  • 2 1 x 12 Board Cut 10" x 11 and 1/2" 3rd Level Top and Bottom
  • 1 1 x 8 Board Cut 8" x 7" 2nd Level Top
  • 1 1 x 4 Board Cut 3 and 5/8" x 3 and 5/8" 1st Level Top
  • 4 1 x 8 Cut 16" x 7 and 1/4"
  • 1 Can Paint, Black Spray
  • 1 Wood Filler To fill in wood screw holes on top
  • 4 1 and 3/4" #8 Wood Screws For screwing together top
  • 1 box 1 and 1/4" #8 Wood Screws For screwing everything else together
  • 1 Sandpaper, #220 grit
  • 3 - 6 Lights, Puck (Battery operated) To light up the box

Instructions

  • Measure and cut 2 boards with measurements of 10" by 11 1/2" from a 1" x 12" board.
  • Measure and cut 1 board with measurements of 8" x 7" from a 1 x 8 board.
  • Measure and cut 1 board with measurements of 3 5/8" by 3 5/8".
  • Measure and cut 4 boards with measurements of 16" by 7 1/4" from a 1 x 8 board.
  • Ensure you sand the edges with some #220 grit sandpaper to make sure you don't get any splinters while working with the wood.
  • Draw scary face with eyes, nose and mouth on one of the 16" by 7 1/4" boards. Be as creative or artistic as you desire.
  • Use 3/4" drill bit to drill holes inside of the eyes, nose and mouth drawn on your board.
  • Use jigsaw to cut out your design for the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Use 1 1/4" screws to assemble the 4 sides into a box.
  • Center bottom board and faster to bottom of box with screws.
  • Center first and second level top boards over the 3rd level top board. Use 1 3/4" wood screws to secure all three boards in position for the top.
  • Apply wood filler or putty in the hoses left on the top board. Let dry and sand to a smooth finish.
  • Apply black spray paint to entire Light-up box.
  • Install lights on inside bottom of top.
  • Setup out where you want the boxes and enjoy your handiwork!