Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Homemade Photography Light Box

We all know how important good photographs are for listings of our handmade items for online sales. I have heard that light boxes are the answer to many of the problems that can occur when photographing at home. They can be costly, but, I was able to make one for free!!!
This light box didn't cost me a thing! I made it with found objects from around the house. If you don't have some of these items at home, you can buy them very inexpensively. Be very careful using the razor blades...we don't want any injuries. Obviously not a project for unsupervised children.
1. You'll need a cardboard box. Mine is 12 x 12 x 12...If you don't have one, you can find one behind most retail establishments...or ask a neighbor!
2. A ruler.
3. Razor blade or matt knife.
4. Sharpie or pen.
5. Scotch tape.
6. Tracing or tissue paper.
7. white copy paper.
Mark out the lines with the ruler and sharpie where you will need to cut out a square on three sides of the box. I measued in 1 1/2 inches all the way around. Then cut carefully with your razor blade or box cutter.
Cut tracing paper or tissue paper to cover the holes and tape in place with scotch tape.
Put a piece of copy paper in the back and bottom of the box.
I had these telescoping hallogen lamps I use at craft shows. Caution! Hallogen lamps get very hot! Do not leave them un attended. You should not leave any lamp unattended when used this close to paper!!!They worked very well. You can use any desk lamps you may have. Daylight bulbs are best. You can buy them at hardware store.
This next photo is the result! Pretty good just as it is, but, it could easily be a little better!
I went to www.picnik.com . It's a free online photo editing site! I simply used the quick fix feature (far left tab) and saved it to my computer! What do you think?
You can do it, too!


  1. You are a genius! - That is such a wonderful idea and money saver (as light boxes are expensive) - Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh wow, I really need to try this! Thanks for sharing!


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