DIY lighted buildings from cardboard boxes

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Today I am sharing a cool project I made for the marvel superhero birthday party. This idea was inspired by the led lights that were commonly seen at the stores around the Holiday season. I used cardboard boxes to make DIY lighted buildings. Since, superheroes like batman and spiderman are usually found chasing the bad guys at night; hanging, jumping and climbing around the tall dark buildings. These lighted buildings bought a special charm to the birthday party when we closed all the lights and bought the cake to the table only in the lighted buildings glow. It was amazing and our little boy was super surprised with the special entry of the cake.


Here’s the first look at the cardboard superhero led buildings:


DIY lighted buildings


DIY lighted buildings for superhero birthday party


I will be sharing the free printable to make the superhero garland in the next post.

The blue buildings are created with wrapping paper and yellow index cards.

And the background city scape is cut out from the black cardstock.


Superhero easy tutorial


DIY lighted buildings


To make the led buildings for the superhero city scape, you will need:


  • Cardboard boxes
  • LED lights
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Wrapping paper
  • Yellow and black index cards
  • Tape, glue and scissors




Mark and punch holes into the box using hammer and nail. Now push the LED lights through the small holes.


DIY lighted buildings tutorial


Now wrap the box with wrapping paper. Mark and cut holes around the lights. Finish up by wrapping the back of the box.

Now cut squares from the yellow and black cards. Make holes to pass the lights and glue in place.

These will make the windows.


I made the windows smaller on these boxes. You can also make bigger windows.

The yellow and black cards also give the illusion of dark and lighted windows.


DIY lighted buildings


That’s all.


In a few easy steps you have lighted buildings ready to add that extra element of surprise to your party.


These buildings are a perfect addition to a birthday party. Although they are a perfect fit for a superhero theme or a theme involving city scape or architecture. I also think lighted boxes that match with a theme by color, wrapping or decorated with a specific theme will look cool. They are especially popular amongst kids as they love everything that glows and is festive.


p.s: try making Cinderella’s castle for a princess theme party. 🙂


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