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Light Up Mermaid Box – A Lawn Fawn & Chibitronics Collaboration!

Hello crafty friends!

It’s collaboration week with us Chibi-gang, and I am so excited that we are pairing up my one of my most favourite stamp companies – Lawn Fawn! EEK! What a perfect partnership!

Over the next three days, Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn will be sharing some amazing projects, and I am kicking things off today along with Jessica Frost-Ballast and Kelly Griglione. I will link to their blogs at the bottom of this post so you can hop right over to see their projects too!

There is a $30 Lawn Fawn gift card and a Chibitronics starter kit (valued at $30) that will be given away randomly to two winners drawn from comments across all days and all blogs so the more you visit and comment, the better your chances to win!

To celebrate, I thought I would make an extra special project – so rather than sharing a card, I have this fun, illuminating underwater scene built within a 3D box! Take a look!

I admit, this is an intermediate /  advanced project – but the video tutorial walks you through exactly how to create the circuit using the Chibitronics LEDs & copper tape. The fact that you are dealing with a 3D shape is the trickiest bit – but with a little time & patience, it’s well worth while in the end! Let’s take a look at the box when it’s all lit up!

The Mermaid For You stamp and die set was perfect for making this project! I love how each of the elements work so well together to build a scene. I used my copic markers to colour in the images, but then used some distress ink blending to colour in the sea floor. To create the layers of dimension, I used the Lawn Fawn simple stitched hillside border dies.

By adding some acetate to each seabed panel, I was able to add to the 3D illusion. I love that the little fish, at first glance, look like they are floating – or rather ‘swimming’ along! (Just keep swimming….! ) 😀

For the circuit I used both a blue and a green LED. These do come in separate packs, but I couldn’t resist as I really wanted to create that underwater feel!

When you watch the video, you will see that I have added the switch to the handle section of the box – this way I can easily control when it is switched on and off. I die cut another handle piece from scratch cardstock so when I don’t want to have the lights on, I simply sandwich this between the two handles which have the copper tape.

My daughter is begging me to let her have this as a night light for her room – but I am not quite sure if I can part with it just now! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to watch the video to see the full instructions on how this project was made – including details on recreating the chibitronics circuit.

Don’t forget to hop on over to see the projects that both Jessica Frost-Ballast and Kelly Griglione are sharing today as part of this collaboration.

Also, the rest of the gang will have more projects over the course of the next few days – more details over on the Chibitronics blog, which will also link to each of the projects.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the blogs in order to be in with a chance to win!

You can also visit the Lawn Fawn Blog to see some of the awesome projects made by their team – check it out here.

There is a $30 Lawn Fawn gift card and a Chibitronics starter kit (valued at $30) that will be given away randomly to two winners drawn from comments across all days and all blog,s so the more you visit and comment, the better your chances to win!

Happy Crafting



Products Used

[Affiliate links used wherever possible]

Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You Stamp set – https://goo.gl/VdDo3X

Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You Dies – https://goo.gl/p53M2U

Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border Dies – https://goo.gl/Szut0J

Box Die (brand unknown) – Similar one here from Lawn Fawn – https://goo.gl/SRjEo5

Chibitronics Copper Tape – https://goo.gl/18785N

Chibitronics Color LEDs (Red-Yellow-Blue) – https://goo.gl/wIlFDt

Chibitronics Tropical Color LEDs (Pink-Green-Purple) – https://goo.gl/kdrUXq

Lithium 3V coin batteries – https://goo.gl/6Fcm3L




{ 74 comments… add one }
  • Janice May 22, 2017, 7:24 am


  • Bettina Kreuer May 22, 2017, 9:26 am

    Wow what a great idea. i feel to be under the sea! Love it!

  • Jude May 22, 2017, 9:47 am

    Wow – this is amazing and so cool!!!!! Fantastic job.

  • preeti d May 22, 2017, 12:05 pm

    super cute

  • Cynthia Da Costa May 22, 2017, 12:07 pm

    The box is so cool! I think it’s amazing to give as a gift :)
    The acetate is a great tip, to give the illusion they are floating 😮 and love that you made another box to explain us how to make the circuit <3

  • Tess Vogts May 22, 2017, 12:25 pm

    I love the concept of the chibitronics circuits as an addition to card making, its such an amazing thing to be able to incorporate this sort of stuff into home-made cards. The mermaid box is also genius, like your own portable fish tank! Thank you.

  • Dennice WAtts May 22, 2017, 12:44 pm

    Wowee! Your physics teacher would be proud of that circuit! ;o) x, Dennice

  • Michelle Daigle May 22, 2017, 1:10 pm

    Wow Lesley! Amazing project! I’m sure this took a lot of time and patience. Thanks for sharing! Now I’m off to watch the video and visit the other blogs. Have a fabulous day!

  • Dee Earnshaw May 22, 2017, 1:21 pm

    OMG this underwater scene is amazing. Love how the fish look like they are swimming in the background. Thanks for sharing this project with us:)

  • Ashlyn May 22, 2017, 1:40 pm

    Wow! This is incredible. I hadn’t thought about using a 3D box to light up. Great idea and I love the floating fish!

  • Mary Holshouser May 22, 2017, 2:29 pm

    Love the aquarium.
    Fun idea.
    Great use of the lighting.
    thanks for sharing

  • Beatriz May 22, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Wow! Amazing project!!

  • kelly griglione May 22, 2017, 3:04 pm

    Wow Lesley!!! You really did an amazing job constructing your under water scene! Love how you engineered it so that the handle is what turns the lights on, instead of pressing on the battery. So smart!!

  • Cynthia Cole May 22, 2017, 3:44 pm

    Wow, what an awesome project!

  • Denise Bryant May 22, 2017, 3:49 pm

    Love your fun underwater scene! Looks great with the lights!

  • BarbaraF May 22, 2017, 4:25 pm

    Wow….great card. Two of my favorites, Lawn fawn and Chibi……

  • Kirsten B in MN May 22, 2017, 5:22 pm

    This is so much fun!

  • Christi Conley May 22, 2017, 5:53 pm

    I could see a bunch of these adorable little boxes as holiday ornaments!! Although, under the sea is perfect for right now 🙂

  • Becca4296 May 22, 2017, 6:05 pm

    What a fun idea

  • Kleri F May 22, 2017, 6:09 pm

    This is awesome!Looks like a mini fishtank!Love it!

  • Liz McAllister May 22, 2017, 6:19 pm

    Wait! What? This is just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dayle S May 22, 2017, 6:27 pm

    I adore your fanta-sea light up box!!! Wonderfully creative and cute! Thanks for sharing your inspiration, and your ingenuity!

  • Teresa May 22, 2017, 6:48 pm

    What a great idea

  • Jen Petersen May 22, 2017, 6:58 pm

    Wow! What a fun box. Adore how it lights up – so cool!

  • Amy Cooley May 22, 2017, 7:00 pm

    Oh my, how stinkin’ cute and original! I love your illuminated box! This is such a great idea.

  • Lydia Lee May 22, 2017, 7:02 pm

    So fun and creative! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Ann K. May 22, 2017, 7:18 pm

    You totally have me hooked… gotta make one of these!

  • Christy M May 22, 2017, 7:27 pm

    How fun!

  • Jaimi Bailey May 22, 2017, 7:47 pm

    What a cool project!

  • Carla Hundley May 22, 2017, 7:49 pm

    Fabulous work on this
    sea scene! Love the
    lights and the stamping.
    Carla from Utah

  • Sara A May 22, 2017, 7:50 pm

    Are you kidding me? What a great idea. You always amaze me with your Chibitronic cards. One of these days I’m going to have to get a kit. These cards are just amazing! TFS!

  • sheron egolf May 22, 2017, 7:55 pm

    What a fantastic idea! It seemed to complicated for me to do, but you did a great job. Some child would be thrilled to receive this.

  • Lindar C May 22, 2017, 8:24 pm

    This card looks so cool!

  • Elizabeth Gross May 22, 2017, 8:28 pm

    What a cute idea! I love it!

  • *Vicki* May 22, 2017, 8:29 pm

    Wow! This is such a clever idea! What a brilliant design!! 🙂

  • Chesney May 22, 2017, 8:47 pm

    This is so cute! My niece is absolutely obsessed with The Little Mermaid and this would make a wonderful gift box!

  • Tamara Haverkamp May 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

    You are so talented. It really is an amazing piece of art!!! I love it

  • Golf4fun2 May 22, 2017, 10:09 pm

    Can’t wait to try Chibitronics lights. I don’t know if I could bear to part with such a special card!

  • Deborah Dvorak May 22, 2017, 10:12 pm

    Just adorable! Lawn Fawn + Chibi = awesomeness!!!

  • Beth May 22, 2017, 11:13 pm

    So cute! How much fun would a garland of these be as decoration in a nursery?!

  • Annette May 23, 2017, 12:33 am

    This is quite the project! Thank you so much for sharing, as it is really cool!

  • Janet Ingraham May 23, 2017, 2:11 am

    Sweet aquarium !

  • Carol Harris May 23, 2017, 2:12 am

    Just too cute… love the Chibitronics lights, just have to get me some..

  • Sue LD May 23, 2017, 2:57 am

    Very cool underwater scene. My granddaughters would love this.

  • Beverly Perdue May 23, 2017, 2:58 am

    I’m speechless. Looks like an aquarium. It is so adorable. You are so talented!

  • Maria May 23, 2017, 4:29 am

    Oh my gosh that is adorable! ^3^

  • Karen Gerek May 23, 2017, 5:20 am

    What an AMAZING project! I’m in love (I don’t think I’d be able to part with the project either, but I can’t blame your daughter for wanting to use it as her nightlight!)

  • Nicole Ligaard May 23, 2017, 6:32 am

    very pretty ! 🙂

  • MandaLJ May 23, 2017, 11:42 am

    What an amazing use of the Chibitronics circuits/lights! This box looks fantastic!

  • Donna M. May 23, 2017, 12:22 pm

    Wow! Don’t know if I can reproduce your project, but it is amazing! Love the lighted box!!!

  • Deborah Kaye May 23, 2017, 1:31 pm

    Oh my! This is incredible! Love it!

  • Lisa A creations May 23, 2017, 1:32 pm

    What an awesome box! I love underwater scenes and this one is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Arianna Barbara May 23, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I’m in love for your adorable project!!! Too cute!!!

  • Rebecca May 23, 2017, 2:43 pm

    omg – this is so sweet!!!!

  • Amy M. May 23, 2017, 7:11 pm

    What a cool project! I never would have thought to create a scene inside a gift box with the Chibitronic lights!

  • Maria May 23, 2017, 7:38 pm

    Lesley your project is stunning as always!!! Love your mermaid box. It’s so cool!!!

  • Nicole Nardi May 23, 2017, 10:03 pm

    Wow. I’m blown away by your underwater light box. Great design idea.

  • Jackie P. May 23, 2017, 10:30 pm

    Love your under water scene!! And using the clear acetate is a fabulous idea!! This is so creative!!

  • Karen Martin May 23, 2017, 10:35 pm

    This is so cute! I can see why your daughter would want to have it as a night light! Lovely 🙂

  • Jess S May 23, 2017, 11:39 pm

    That is amazing! I love the blended lights, they do make it look like an underwater picture. The swimming fish are great too. So many details!

  • Lisascreativeniche May 24, 2017, 1:35 am

    Ok that is freaking awesome!

  • Being Fifi May 24, 2017, 8:55 am

    This is just magical

  • D.Ann C May 24, 2017, 1:21 pm

    This is AMAZING! Looks just like Weeki Wachee in there! I can’t wait to try Chibitronics!!

  • Cindy May 24, 2017, 1:59 pm

    Love your shadow box idea. The lights add such a fun feel. I can imagine all kinds of critters and scenes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Snow May 24, 2017, 5:20 pm

    That must have been sooo hard to figure it all out, I love how easy you made it look and everything is put together so beautifully! Truly gorgeous

  • Lisa K May 24, 2017, 7:47 pm

    Gorgeous mermaid scene! Awesome in the box and lighting up.

  • Kate Tanaka May 24, 2017, 9:24 pm

    I think my boys would love to make a fish light box, this is a beautiful project!

  • Judy Hodgerson May 24, 2017, 10:19 pm

    What a clever idea, I wouldn’t have thought of adding the lights to the box. Very cute.

  • Vera Pillai May 25, 2017, 12:51 am

    This is just such a brilliant idea! Love this light box so much!

  • chark May 25, 2017, 4:55 am

    so clever!

  • justMarie May 25, 2017, 5:11 am

    So very cute!!! Helpful tips! Thank you

  • Linda Trzos May 25, 2017, 9:01 pm

    This is SO clever! I love the effect of a tiny aquarium!

  • Sherri Cooley May 27, 2017, 12:01 am

    WOW, amazing!

  • Vesper L. May 28, 2017, 5:54 pm

    Wow! I love your mermaid box, it’s so cute!

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