Let there be LIght!
I recently accepted a challenge to dream up a project that'd incorporate Chibitronics light stickers and Xyron Sticker Maker. After some head scratching and tinkering, I decided to create a magnet light that would be a decorative piece on a fridge or walls. Prior to this project, I didn't know sticker makers existed so needless to say, I was very excited to play with my new sponsored toy!
The supplies I used for this project were:
Step 1: Create Front Panel
Step 2: Lay Down the Circuit
When you're done with the circuit, test it out to make sure all the lights turn on. Now set aside.
Step 3: Decorate front panel
Before covering the front panel with the second foam sheet, I wanted to add some decorative accent that would peak through the laser cut words. I chose a transparent paper and cut it into shape.
To attach to the front panel, I used the XYRON Create a Sticker Max machine to apply adhesive to both sides of the decorative paper. I did this by running the paper through the machine first. Trim down the excess paper on both sides and reran it again with the design facing down. This allowed me to create a double sided sticky paper. Pretty cool! It's my first time using a sticker maker and I love the ease of use and the possibilities that it brings.
Step 4: Assemble!
Now that both the front and back panels are created, you're ready to assemble them together! Position coin battery in place and attach disc magnet to the other side of the foam so that the magnet is holding the coin battery in place. If you plan to take down the piece frequently, you can secure the magnet permanently using hot glue. (picture bottom left) To attach the front panel, I used glue dots in the center and around the corners. This is so I can easily attach and detach the panel to remove battery. You can also use double sided tape on the four corners for a more permanent and secure hold.
Step 5: Stick and Admire!
It's time to put the magnet light to test!
First I tested on walls that have steel beams (generally beams and corners of the wall). I actually discovered this while my 3 year old tried sticking magnets on walls. Needless to say, I jumped to tell her that it wouldn't work to only find that it stayed up.
Next I tried sticking on the refrigerator.
In the end, I decided to paint the surface black, which I should've done as the first step. Doesn't it look good against the stainless steel surface?!
It was a lot of fun to experiment with the new sticker maker and when my girls got their hands on it, they went crazy drawing and creating one of a kind stickers for their friends.
Thanks for reading and remember to share your clever ideas with us!
A life observer and maker passionate about inspiring you to live out your creative self.