Bigfacebox, a Simple Way to Gigantify Your Head

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Bigfacebox, a Simple Way to Gigantify Your Head
Me and my Bigfacebox, Maker Faire Bay Area, 2017.

Daiju Ishikawa, of Daily portal Z, was at Maker Faire Bay Area again. This year, he brought some friends, Bigfacebox. This group of wonderfully wacky makers consists of Yuji Hayashi, Tomofumi Yoshida, and Rei Betsuyaku. Bigfacebox was a Faire favorite of mine this year.

I love projects that deliver a big bang for little bucks; projects that really seem to delight and inspire most who encounter them. Bigfacebox is such a project.


This translation of a Japanese page runs through the basics of how to create a Bigfacebox. Basically all you need is a box big enough to fit over your head, a plastic Fresnel lens, a tape of SMD warm-white LED lights, and a battery pack.

Cut a hole for your head, mount the lens on one end, string the lights around the lens, and that’s basically it. Invite a group of people to put their head inside of the box and hilarity will ensue.

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Above is a video showing the typical reaction to a Bigfacebox. In this case, it’s on the streets at SXSW 2017.

Yuji Hayashi (L) and Make: Projects Editor Keith Hammond, after Keith had just awarded Yuji an Editor’s Choice blue ribbon!
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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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