Easy DIY Light Table

With all the fun ideas I have seen around Pinterest (my new addiction) using a DIY light table, I really wanted one for our class, but just wasn’t willing to pay the money they charge for actual light tables! Eventually I will have Jake make me one, but for now I decided to improvise and use an extra tote we had laying around the house to make our new DIY light table.
Whats Needed To Make Your Own Light Table?
1- clear storage tote
2- strands of white christmas lights
Fun things to play with on the light table
I put the Christmas lights in the storage bin, flipped the bin over (we used the bottom side of the tote for play since that side had a large flat area), lastly we plugged them in and played! We have 2 different choices this week for the light table both of them were purchased from Discount School Supply, you can find a link to their site on the right side bar!  1. Giant iradescent beads
  2. Tiny little iradescent mosiac pieces.
I have a ton of light table ideas on my Pinterest board for light table, lots of them are simple DIY ideas, stop by and check some of them out!


  1. I would love to have a light table, but they are SO expensive. I should try to make one like this… do you leave the lid partially open in order to plug the strand of lights in? What size bin did you use? Love those beads!!

    • Nicole,
      I must agree, they are so expensive which is why I decided to use this alternative! The lid is still able to close because the stand of lights cord is very small. The size is 21″x18″x6″ a 41 quart, it has a clear lid, but a white one would work to since you flip it over anyway! Hope this helps, if you do make one I would love for you to share the link for others to be able to see. Have a blessed week!


  2. this is on my list of things to make and i just haven’t gotten around to it! it looks like sooo much fun! thanks so much for linking up! i hope to see you again this tuesday!
    also, i’m a new follower!
    andie @ crayonfreckles

  3. GENIUS! I’m pinning this to make one of my own very soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. Thanks for linking up to fun frugal friday. This is a great idea especially since light tables can be so expensive.

  5. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love how colorful this is! I did one with my kids very similar to this, but used white lights. It was still a hit, but I’m excited to try again with more color! Thanks so much for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!

  7. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you have a wonderful week!


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