A few months ago, I tasked myself with finding out how to make a lightbox to take stock photos for my blog. I couldn’t afford to buy anything fancy, so decided the DIY approach was the only way to go!
So, after a lot of googling, I came up with an idea on how to make a lightbox on the cheap and I decided to try it out.
I was pretty pleased with the outcome and a few people asked me to do a quick ‘how to’ post. However, with Christmas and the January blues cropping up, I never did get around to it.
I have to apologise now, I didn’t have any foresight when I made these, so I don’t have any photos of me actually creating the lightbox.
However, better late than never I guess?
How to Make a lightbox, the cheap and easy way
What you will need:
- One IKEA Drona Storage Box – White (£2.50)
- Needle and thread
- Two Lamps (I picked these from IKEA £8 each)
What to do:
- Firstly, you need to carefully unpick the stitching on two sides of the storage box. Be very careful as you want to be able to stitch it back up again at the end.
- Remove the cardboard from the inside of the fabric.
- Measure out a large square around the inside of the cardboard. I measured it 1 inch wide on each side.
- Cut out the middle section
- Insert the cardboard carefully back into the fabric and stitch back up with a needle and thread.
- Do this on two, opposing sides
- Place the lamps on either side of the cutout sides and point into the fabric – ensure the lamp isn’t touching the material, we don’t want it to burn the material.
Now I have shown you how to make a lightbox, isn’t that the easiest thing in the world?
I now have a little collection of things to use underneath the photos as I have come to realise that the fabric on the box doesn’t look great on the material. I went to the craft shop and bought a pack of felt material, which I have been using instead and that looks a lot better.
The plan is to get some wallpaper and lino samples to add to my collection at some point.
It is so simple and easy and makes a huge difference at this time of year. The light in our house is dull and even with the ‘big light’ on I struggle to get nice and flattering photos. So this has made all the difference in these dark winter months.
So go on, give it a try. It cost me less that £20 to make and only took me an hour to do. Great value for money, especially as I use it for hours at a time most weeks.
If you decide to give this a go, then I would love for you to show me the results. You can tag me on any of my social media accounts. Or, if you decide to blog / vlog about it, then why not put a link in the comments of this page so that I can pop over and take a look?
**THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST.
I BOUGHT THESE PRODUCTS FROM IKEA AND THEY WERE NOT GIFTED**