I've been asking for one for a while now, and he finally found the best way to do it. He used this tutorial here. And seriously, it is pretty easy. After we got the supplies (yes, I went shopping with him, how else was he going to navigate Micheals by himself?), it probably took him about 10-15 minutes to cut and put it all together.
The cost wasn't too bad, but it would have been cheaper if we already had some of the materials,
which we didn't
3 Foam boards and poster board - $8
day light energy saving bulbs (a little pricey but worth it) - $10 for 2
two cheap desktop lamps - $10
total: about $30
Every penny was worth the investment.
After taking a few pics with the light box, we both couldn't believe it took us so long to make one of these
With light box
Before without light box
And just for fun, here is a tutorial of the above beaded ornament. Super easy and awesome looking.
DIY Beaded Ornament Tutorial
1. get a glass or plastic ornament
2. string some beads on to wire (about necklace length or longer)
3. push them into the ornament
3.5 keep pushing until all the beads are inside. It will be a wonderful random mess.
4. Hang on the tree.
Older kids would love to do this! you can do all sorts of colors.
Check out some of my other Christmas Projects: