Thursday, April 19, 2012

Super Cheap Light Box

So I decided if I am going to be serious about this blogging thing I need to learn how to take good pictures. I don't have any natural talent, or learned talent for that matter, taking pictures. I have heard how much easier to get a good picture if a light box is used. I researched a couple of different websites and came across I based my light box off of the instructions on this website. I made mine about half the size of his. The problem with the way I made mine is it requires cutting the board in half and foam board does not cut smooth so the edges were not all flush with each other. I still liked how it turned out, however if you want a box with tighter seems you may not want to cut the board in half to make it smaller.


3 Pieces of 30"x20" foam board (I found mine at Michaels on sale for .99 cents. Normally it's only $1.99)
1 White poster board
1 Roll masking tape (The whiter the better. I didn't even come close to using a whole roll)
Lamp of some kind (I had a clip on lamp)

To begin measure 15" on the long side of the board and mark, this should be halfway on the board. Using a box cutter cut the board in half lengthwise. I used the end of another board to help me cut, but any straight edge can be used to guide the knife. I also found it is much easier to cut the board if I measured and cut on one side, flipped it, and did the same on the other side. This piece should measure 15"x20". Make three pieces this size. These pieces will form the top, bottom, and back of the box. Tape edges together. I started just by putting one piece of tape on each side. This makes it easy to adjust the sides, if needed, later.

Next come the sides of the box. Measure two pieces that are 15"x20". Attach them to either end of the box. Again I used just enough take to make it stay on.

After the pieces are put together go around and tape all of the outside edges. Some of the websites I saw recommended that a poster board be placed in the back corner to hide the seam. I did this, it can be viewed in the top picture. I clipped the lamp on the side and aimed the light to hit the top of the box. Below are two pictures I took of items in the light box.

My camera isn't the greatest and as I mentioned I have zero skills when it comes to photography. I still need to figure out the lighting a little bit, but these pictures are good enough for you to get the idea of what a light box can do. 



  1. Love this idea Nic! I'm going to have to make me a light box this week.

  2. Thanks Chelle! Still need to figure out the best way to use it.

  3. I found you via the Blog Hop. I so love doing this. Thanks from your newest follower.


  4. I'm stopping in from the blog hop. I'm following. I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays and I'd love for you to link up your latest posts. You can find me at

  5. Stopping by from the Sunday Homepage Blog Hop!

  6. I need to make one of these...I am your newest follower from the networking blog hop! I would love if you would stop by my blog and if you like what you see follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty


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