How to make a lightbox – The cheap and easy way!

How to make a lightbox – The cheap and easy way!
If you are a bit strapped for cash, I will show you how to make a lightbox to help with your photography. It cost me less than £20! Cheap and easy!

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.

The finished article, objects photographed in the lightbox

The outcome!

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:

How To Make A Lightbox. First you need these to things a lamp and an ikea box.

You only need to purchase these….

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.
How To Make A Lightbox! The finished article from the outside of the lightbox.

So, there you have it, how to make a lightbox – cheap AND easy!

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?






  1. Mainy - myrealfairy
    11th March 2017 / 9:16 pm

    This is a great idea and I actually have these boxes in my house so I could easily use one. I keep thinking that i was going to go on ebay and have a look at prices but this is just as good. The light in my house is dull at the moment so I need the lighting sorted out for my photos. I had a hell of a time trying to take photos of a mirror the other day, I was so scared of having an epic fail and posting something with my reflection stood there in my jim jams!

  2. 9th March 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This is so clever, cheap and effective! I was thinking about investing in something like this but this is so much better! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworstx

  3. 8th March 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Bingo! the simple ideas are often the best. I have held white cloths against the side of a window to create a similar affect before, this is better though. #bestandworst

  4. 8th March 2017 / 8:20 pm

    This is such a great idea! Well done!

  5. 8th March 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Returning from #BloggerClubUK xx

  6. Something About Baby
    8th March 2017 / 11:01 am

    Great post, this looks so easy to do and so effective – will definitely try it out! #BloggerClubUK

  7. 8th March 2017 / 9:35 am

    Hi, what a great idea on how to make your own photo box. I’m a tad clumsy so no doubt would mess up the unpicking of those stitches. I was lucky to get a photo box as a gift but often don’t use it, Chloe #bestandworst

  8. 5th March 2017 / 10:30 am

    Don’t you just hate it when you can’t get light into your house? I’m terrible with keeping the lights on, I just hate the dullness! Seems you’ve come up with a good solution to get light onto your subject. My only trouble with light boxes is the size. I think I’d need a really big one! But then that just takes up more space. Any ideas? Thanks for linking up with us at #FabFridayPost

  9. 5th March 2017 / 10:14 am

    Nice idea! It was be tricky when trying to get a good photo from poor light. Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

  10. 4th March 2017 / 1:29 am

    This is such a good idea. But I don’t think Peachy will fit in that box 😉 #FabFridayPost

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