Potter DIY: Light-Up Deathly Hallows Symbol

by Pranoy

We’re all looking for ways to Potter up our lives, so here is the perfect DIY submitted by Pranoy to use as decor in your office setup or as a night light on your bedside. Check out our instructions below, and take a whack at making your own.

 

What You’ll Need:

  • A cardboard sheet
  • A clear acrylic sheet 2mm to 3mm thick
  • A single LED
  • One CR2032 coin battery
  • One CR2032 vertical battery holder
  • A soldering iron
  • Solder wire
  • A jeweler’s saw or a hacksaw
  • An X-ACTO knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Superglue
  • Scissors
  • A black Sharpie permanent marker

 

Directions:

Step 1: Draw the pattern (pictured below) on the clear acrylic with a permanent marker. The clear acrylic sheets generally have a film stuck over them to protect them from scratches. You can leave that on for now but will have to remove it later.

 

 

Step 2: Cut along the drawn outline with a hacksaw or a jeweler’s saw. You may find that the sides are jagged after cutting – just smooth them down with sandpaper if that is the case. It’s also a good idea to round out the triangle tip to avoid scratching yourself as you work.

Step 3: Remove the protective film from the acrylic if you haven’t done so already. Draw out the Deathly Hallows pattern on the cut acrylic with a permanent marker, and align the design (pictured below) with the triangle tip. Carefully scrape along the pattern with an X-ACTO knife. The scraped sections should look like fogged or frosted glass when you’re done. If you have access to a laser cutting service, then you can ignore the above steps and get the pattern laser cut and engraved.

 

 

Step 4: Sand the head of the LED flat, then solder it to the battery holder. The longer leg of the LED goes to the positive terminal of the battery holder, and the shorter one goes to the negative terminal. Superglue the flat head of the LED to the bottom of the acrylic piece. 

 

 

Step 5: Construct a box around the LED and battery holder with cardboard. Remember to cut out semicircles on the sides to be able to insert and remove the battery from the bottom.

 

 

And there you have it – your very own light-up Deathly Hallows symbol. If you make your own, make sure to tag us so we can see. This would make the perfect addition for a home office or a bedside night light. Happy crafting!

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