Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while. Here is a short 3D design project I thought you might like.


  • 0.25″ plywood
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Laser cutter
  • MakerCase
  • Candle (or tealight)

First, I designed the box dimensions. MakerCase provides many different options on how to put together your box; for the lightbox I used the finger option. Don’t forget to change the material thickness to however thick your plywood is! Next, download the model into Adobe Illustrator. (You can also use Inkscape to design and decorate the box, but it does not work directly with the laser cutter.) I played around with holes and text; feel free to get creative. The laser cutter is always fascinating to watch. I put the sides together (excluding the lid) with wood glue. (Tip: Use masking tape to help hold the wood in place while doing this.) Finally, place the candle inside the box. To be safe and colorful, I used a flameless color-changing tealight. You can get color-changing tealights here.

Have fun with this project! Don’t forget to write some inspirational messages!


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