Ain’t nobody dope as me I’m dressed so fresh so clean So fresh and so clean clean.
If you are new here you need to be aware that I can work a rap lyric in any kind of conversation and a DIY tutorial is no different. I have seen some light box how to’s floating around and I decided to take a stab at. I teamed up with Cricut to bring you this light box tutorial inspired by OutKast’s hit song, “So Fresh, So Clean.”
First things first what is a Cricut?
Good question. It is an electronic cutter. It cuts everything, like a boss. cardstock, vinyl, paper, wood, metal and more! It is awesome for personalizing your clothes, decor and gifts. Your options are limitless. You can get lost on Pinterest looking at inspiration. My Cricut Pinterest Board is pretty cool but my opinion is extremely biased. Read this post to learn more about my first impressions.
What You Need
- Cricut electronic cutting machine
- A Cardboard Box preferably with the opening size of 8×11″
- Poster Board This is better than what I initially used.
- Battery Operated Copper Wire String Lights (The wire can bend to any shape you want.)
- Tape (Scotch tape and any black colored tape of your choice.)
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Wax Paper
The font I used is Woodcutter Army (Stencil) downloaded from Da Font.
I created my image in Cricut’s Design Space software it is free to use (you can purchase add ons), it allows you to also use your own fonts and images for more customization options.
Initially I used a standard strength mat messed up then switched to a light strength mat. Normally standard strength is preferred but for this poster board (from the dollar store) light worked better. I turned the settings dial to “poster board.”
Went back to the drawing board and added some bubbles because nothing says “clean” like bubbles. Fun fact the “bubbles” are just circles I found and layered in the design space.
After your cut is complete the step is to remove the access from the mat. This process is called “weeding.” Since we are not using the letters we have to carefully remove our poster board from the mat.
After weeding this is what you are left with.
Now it is time to prep your box!
Paint the sides and inside black. Let dry.
Since I used a mailing box there was a small hole that I can string my lights through but if you don’t have a hole on the back use your scissor or a craft knife to make one. Use scotch tape to secure the string lights to the back (but inside) of the box leaving the battery pack on the outside.
You can paint the back if you want but I knew no one would see it. Plus it is more proof that you don’t really need a fancy box to do this.
To diffuse the light use wax paper to line the poster board. Cut to size and use tape to secure. It won’t burn, I have made a chandelier with this stuff. Trust me.
Now use black tape to attach your diffused poster paper to the box. I pulled the corners taunt for cleaner edges.
This is great for any where in your home as a reminder that you are the coolest motherfunker on the planet.
What kind of projects would you like to see me do with my Cricut?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.