How to Make a Light Box

by Thais Marchese

Good for object photography, images for selling on eBay, etc.


  • 1 Box
  • 1 Box cutter
  • White fabric
  • Duct tape
  • White poster board
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 3 Clamp lamps
  • 3 Day light bulbs
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Step 2

    Cut off the flaps at the top of the box. The top of your box will be the front of your light box.

    Step 3

    Measure two inches around 3 sides of the box and cut it out. Don't cut the bottom and one side of the box.

    Step 4

    Each side should look like this after cut. (Only three sides should be cut). One side will be the bottom of your light box.

    Step 5

    Duct tape your fabric over the open holes you cut. Try to stretch the fabric so it's nice and taut.

    Step 6

    Tape or glue your poster board to the inside of the light box and allow it to bend out.

    Step 7

    Place a lamp on each side and one on top. And you are finished. The lamps and the bulbs are from Home Depot, as well as the box. Each lamp was $8 and the lights were 4 for $5. The box was around $1.

    Step 8

    Final result