DIY: Light Box

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A super easy, and cheap, way to make your pictures stand out. This project cost me a total of $1.00 – 2 for $1 poster board at the Dollar Tree. Everything else I had on hand. I did include the spots that I struggled with the most when making this to hopefully help you get through it with a little bit less frustration than I did. The light box is all I use for my Etsy store jewelry photos now – samples at the bottom.

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1 box (any size) with no flaps, scissors, box cutter, tape measure, scotch tape, tissue paper, 1 white poster board, 1 black poster board

1. Measure an inch in from the border on sides and top & cut

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Decide on what will be the top, sides, back, & bottom. Measure in 1″ from all borders on both sides and the top.

2. Cut along the 1″ border to create the frame

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Use the box cutter to cut along this line to make the 1″ cardboard border on both sides and the top with the middle of all three being empty.

Leave the bottom and the back in tact.

3. Cover both sides and the top with 1 layer of tissue paper

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This is definitely the most time-consuming part as the tissue paper can rip pretty easily, especially if you attempt poking your finger through it.

I attempted this twice – this is what worked best for me. Cover both sides first then the top. Tuck and fold any extra tissue back onto the back and bottom if you can resist cutting it. Use longer pieces of tape and go horizontal when possible instead of vertically. Use extra tape in the middle of the frame’s sides if it doesn’t seem sturdy enough.

4. Cut the white poster board to fit in the box

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Measure the box and cut the width of the poster board to fit inside of it. Length does not need to be adjusted. The longer the better.

It did take me a couple of tries, cutting off just a bit more, as I was worried about the poster board pushing out against the fragile sides.

5. Slide the poster board into the box – Do not bend

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Line up the corners of the poster board with the top of the box and curve to cover most of the bottom. The rest of the poster board should hang out of the box.

6. Finish with cutting the black poster board to fit the side & the top

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Cut the black poster board to fit the top and 1 side as you may wish to block light out.

And then you’re done! I do usually use more light sources than this, depending on the item/time of day. If you need any tips with this, please let me know!

See the final product in action below.

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{ taken in the light box, no editing. Click to view more }

{ taken in the light box, no editing. Click to view more }

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