DIY Photography Light Box

If you are a blogger on a budget, like we are over here on Katscript, you try to cut cost wherever you can. As fairly new bloggers, we are trying to improve some of our cringe worthy photos posted here on the blog.  (We are still learning). So, after some research and sitting down with the budget, we decided that buying a light box was just not going to happen and making one was the way to go. We also enjoy doing anything DIY, so we had a blast making this one.  Here’s a DIY photography light box tutorial for bloggers on a budget.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Two 20 * 30 white foam boards ($2.99 – Michael’s)
  2. Wax Paper (found some in pantry)
  3. X-Acto knife (already had this, but can be found at Wal-Mart or any craft store)
  4. Metal Ruler (Michael’s – 4.99)
  5. Pencil
  6. White Tape
  7. Small lamp

NB: use a cardboard box to protect table from nicks and scratches.


DIY Photography Light Box

First, we drew a line down the center of the foam board, so that each side measured exactly 15 inches.



DIY Photography Light Box

Our light box is a tad bit big, so you can cut the measurements down somewhat, if you would prefer a smaller box.


DIY Photography Light Box

Secondly, use the X-Acto knife to cut down the center of the foam board, cutting down the previously drawn line.


DIY Photography Light Box

Here’s what ours looked liked after cutting it. (15*15).



DIY Photography Light Box

Then, mark 2 inches from the length and width, draw a rectangle, and then cut that out. It should look like this, when you’ve completed that.


DIY Photography Light Box

After cutting out the rectangle, roll out the wax the length of the window, a little bit longer for taping, as shown in the picture above.


DIY Photography Light Box

Use the tape, to tape the wax paper to foam board.


DIY Photography Light Box

Your window should look something like this, and you should have two of these. one for each side.


DIY Photography Light Box

Okay, I know what you’re thinking, there’s a step missing between this photo and the one above.  I had to stop taking photos to help Christal with that part, so I have attached a link below with a video from You-Tube showing you what we did in between those two photos.


DIY Photography Light Box

A side view of the light box after completing it. Use the table lamp to help with lighting if taking photos at night.



DIY Photography Light Box

Putting out light box to use!! (PS: We had the wrong color tape, so we’ll have to go get white tape to correct that).

DIY Photography Light Box

…..and here ya go!!! Pictures are looking better already! Results!!


Hopefully this DIY tutorial will be helpful somewhat! We are loving the results from our DIY photography light box tutorial over here on Katscript. Next up- Photoshop!


As promised, here is the link to a video if that works better for you:



  1. May 9, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Great tips! I will defo be making one of these I struggle with photography and light!

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:13 am

      Joanne, you really should make one, we’re still learning, but, we took some photos yesterday, and they looked really good!

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:16 am

      Thank you Amanda! I’m so excited!

  2. May 9, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Thanks for sharing! I tried making one once and it did not turn out as well as yours!

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:23 am

      Haha! It does take a minute doesn’t it. But, I’m glad we made it. You should give it one more shot!

  3. May 9, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I really need to make one of these! Right now I’ve just been taking pictures when our house is well lit, but it would be nice to have the flexibility to take pictures whenever I want without worrying about natural light!

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:26 am

      It’s awesome Karin. We take pics whenever we want to! You should give it a shot!

  4. Sashi
    May 9, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Awesome, this is a Great idea.. Make me feel like I can set up my own photo studio at home to do do photoshoots.

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Sashi!!!!!!!! Please to get on it!! Cho!

  5. Dionne
    May 9, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Nice Idea. DiY for lifeee.

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:31 am

      LOL!! Christal has everyone on here! Thank you Dionne!

  6. Pam
    May 9, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Wow!! Awesome, do you see photography somewhere in the future? . Great job girls, you rock.

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:34 am

      Thank you Ms. Pam! No, no, no, no photography in the future, did you see us on the struggle bus yesterday on the back deck!!

  7. May 9, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Great idea! I am going to have to build one right away. I have seen others however your lighting idea is really well thought out.

  8. May 9, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Great project, think my husband will enjoy making this for me.

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:35 am

      Candy, thank you, let me know how it turns out!

  9. Shaudia
    May 9, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Amazing….look at the detail and quality of that photo! I love it

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:37 am

      Thank you Shaudia! (Cho! Head swell)

  10. jujub
    May 9, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Look good great idea guys

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Thank you JuJu!!! 🙂

  11. May 9, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    That’s something really useful! If I make this, there’s no doubt I’ll be taking pictures all day! Brilliant DIY! 🙂

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:40 am

      Aishwarya, in that case, you should definitely make one!!

  12. May 9, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile and I think it’s time that I finally make it happen. Looks like you did a wonderful job and I love the idea of using the foam board. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:54 am

      Thank you Ashley. If you do make one, please let me know how it goes!

  13. Mia
    May 9, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Wow, I actually totally love this?? So creative for someone like myself on a budget! Thanks! Xo

  14. May 9, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Wow I love this! Such a good idea for someone who’s on a budget like myself! Thanks! Xo

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:56 am

      Thank you Mia!!

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:43 am

      Tiffany, we aren’t sure yet, but, I’m taking we’d need a bigger one for videos! Now, you’re putting ideas in my head!

  15. May 9, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Hahah how frickkin neat!!! I never ever thought of doing something like that. Would make closeup shots so Epic. I have got to try this. Thanks for enlightening me.
    And mad respect for your awesome creation

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:45 am

      Thank you Enricoh!! Let me know if you do make one 🙂

      PS: I’m having a rough time commenting on your posts

  16. May 9, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    This is awesome! Photography scares the heck out of me, but being a blogger, I need to master it to some degree. This DIY lightbox will help with my pictures for sure.

  17. Stacey
    May 9, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Nice Chrissy I love it.

  18. May 9, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I need to do this as a fun summer project! And that video was great. Those guys are hilarious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • May 10, 2016 / 12:52 am

      Thank you Rebecca! You should totally make it this summer!

  19. May 10, 2016 / 1:01 am

    I will definitely make one for a better picture 🙂

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      You should definitely give it a shot Rizza!

  20. May 10, 2016 / 1:13 am

    What a great tutorial, so useful! Wish I’d known this when I had my old etsy shop!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Thank you Dave!!

  21. May 10, 2016 / 1:32 am

    Neat project! I’ve been wondering how to improve my images.

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Priscilla!

  22. May 10, 2016 / 2:10 am

    This is amazing!! Can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. May 10, 2016 / 10:30 am

    I have been meaning to make my own light box. Thanks for the post!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks Willow

  24. May 10, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I def need this! Thanks so much- you make it look easy!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you Lauren!!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Thank you Hannah! I’m not much of a DIY-er myself, but I promise its not too bad!

  25. May 10, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    This is really cool, maybe I will attempt making one.

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      You should Agnes!!

  26. May 10, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Great idea, and it seem easy enough to make.

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you Sophia!

  27. May 10, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    This is such a great idea. Its amazing how you can make this on your own and save a ton of money. I love this project!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you Chris!!

  28. May 10, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    It looks really great! I need to make myself one pronto!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you Angie! You definitely should!!

  29. May 10, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Cool idea! Change the tape, and share more photos 🙂

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      LOL Klauss! I’m hunting for white tape asap!!

  30. May 10, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Great tip! I would have never thought of this. 🙂

    – Brianne

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks Brianne!

  31. Lynn
    May 10, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    You made it look so easy! I’ve bookmarked this post and set to make me one as soon as possible!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you Lynn. Let me know if you make one!

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you Lynn!! You definitely should make one!

  32. May 10, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    This looks LIFE CHANGING! Thanks for sharing.

    • May 10, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you Cait!!! 🙂

  33. May 11, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Thanks for this DIY! I am trying to improve my pictures and this really helps!

    • May 11, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you Heather. Let me know if you do make one.

  34. May 11, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    ok, this is BRILLIANT! I could totally make this!

    • May 11, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you Ruthie! You should absolutely make one!

  35. May 11, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Great post. I need to work on one of these for food photos!

    • May 11, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you Betsy. We are loving it over here.

  36. Tamara Goyette
    May 12, 2016 / 2:42 am

    I am so attempting to make one of these this weekend.

    • May 12, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Tamara, you should make one! We are really excited to see how our pictures come out moving forward.

  37. May 23, 2016 / 2:40 am

    This is SO creative I would never even think of doing this!

    • May 24, 2016 / 12:42 am

      Thank you Alicia!

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