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Light Masterpiece – One to Keep & One to Give

Some of the best gifts come from the heart. This hack is nifty, gifty & thrifty.

  • 5 /5
  • 8+
    For Ages
  • $10
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  • 1 Sand down the edges of the wood. Paint it any color you choose, or leave it bare for a rustic look.
  • 2 Cut out a paper stencil in the shape you desire. Gently hammer your nails into the board around the edge of the stencil, then tear the stencil away so the nails remain.
  • 3 Use the drill to create holes where you’d like your LED lights to live, then turn the board over and duct tape the LED battery pack to the back and pop the tiny lights through the drilled holes.
  • 4 Weave colored yarn from nail to nail, like a spider weaving a web, tying it in place at the ends when you’re finished so it doesn’t unravel.

The Sci Behind the DIY

In cartoons, brilliant ideas are synonymous with the sudden appearance of – poof – light bulbs hovering overhead. As you know, we love coming up with creative capers that utilize light bulbs in real life. They make everything more special, happy, magical, festive, and enchanting. Plus, they just make it look like you tried harder without a ton of effort.

The thing is, most light emits heat, which makes it potentially flammable, but battery-operated LEDs (translation: light emitting diodes) shine cool because they don’t use a filament that burns. That means they won’t set things like fabric, yarn and wood on fire. Consider this a safety lesson as much as a STEM lesson!

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