Introduction: Foldable Homemade Light Box

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From Time to time I find myself looking for a good spot to photograph a product, for instance for selling online.

I saw some nice light boxes online and also here on Instructables but I needed something big enough but not big in storage, so I took some ideas points from them, added my touch and created this one...


Step 1: Tools & Materials

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  • 2 kappa board 100cmX70cm
  • 2 meter of white cloth (can be replaced with cooking paper like I did).
  • loop\hook tape.
  • Tape Glue.
  • White Light Bulbs.
  • Poster Board (i used white, but any color that will fit your subject will do).


  • Any kind of cutting knife.
  • Ruler.
  • Pen or any kind of writing instrument.

Step 2: Design & Model

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I have designed it to be 50cm X 50cm X 50cm, but you can adjust the cube to be any size... the cube will have 5 sides, 3 with window and 2 sealed.

To be on the safe side I built a little kappa model, it helped me set the folding order and to decide where to put the loop tape.

Step 3: Mark & Cut

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You'll need to have 5 sides:

  • 3 with a window (top and sides).
  • one sealed (back).
  • one 50cm X 60cm (base).

Mark the 4 squares of 50cm by 50cm and one 50cm by 60cm.

Cut 50cm by 50cm size, for the windows cut 30cm X 30cm squares in the middle (leaves 10cm of frame).

Step 4: Put It All Together

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  1. The first thing it to apply the cooking paper to the three sides with the windows, tape it as tight as you can so the light will be distributed evenly.
  2. Now the next thing it to piece together the permanent parts (marked in red in the pic), to do so use the regular tape, apply it from both sides.
  3. There are 4 points to apply loop and hook tape (you can see them colored marked in the picture, each color is the point of contact), use more if you see that the cube is not strong enough.
  4. To install the background I also used loop tape (see in pic marked in red circle), put 2 inside the cube and 2 on the back of the poster board.

Step 5: Photo Shoot Setup

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If you got to this step it means that you have a Light box! Great work!

Now to setup the photo shoot,

First, place the box on a table high enough, so you will be comfortable and you won't have to bend.

Place the light bulbs on the sides and from the top.

As for the angle of the camera, it's really up to you, try them all ;)

There you have it!


Don't forget to fold it back after you are done ;)

Step 6: Done!

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If you liked it, don't hesitate to leave a comment.



J SquaredA (author)2017-04-29

Awesome! As a fan of the Flite Test guys, I have plenty of Dollar Tree Foam Board lying around.... Ill give it a shot if I get the chance!

Thanks and Well Done!

aayande made it! (author)2017-04-01

Hi Yaron... Thanks for the idea - this is just what I needed to take decent photos of some models. Mine is a slightly different design and dimensions due to available materials but the inspiration is yours.... Cheers!

YaronShemesh (author)aayande2017-04-01

Great job, looks good!
how big did you made it?

aayande (author)YaronShemesh2017-04-02

Thanks! The box part of the light box is 42 x 42 x 42cm. For reference the helicopter model is 1/72 scale, with rotor diameter about 22cm. I wouldn't recommend to make it any smaller than that as it would get a bit cramped.

Skorekaj (author)2017-04-02

Brilliant , well done !

aactech (author)2017-03-28

Very nice! I'm puzzled about some terms you have used. What is double sided scotch? I've heard of single malt, Irish, Canadian, etc but never "double sided". Is the job that hard that you needed a drink? And "where to put the scoches". You mean you planned where to put the glass?

Please clarify.

YaronShemesh (author)aactech2017-03-28

Thanks for the heads up, maybe you know it by "loop tape". enjoy!

aactech (author)YaronShemesh2017-03-28

Hi Yaron, I was just being a little cheeky. Nothing too serious. But cellulose or clear tape are more generic terms. "drumlovr" didn't get it. My wife, who is a photographer, loves you for your light box idea. Of course I'll be the one making it. Naturally, a labour of love. Mike

YaronShemesh (author)aactech2017-03-29

Cheers ;)

deluges (author)aactech2017-03-29

It's the kind of scotch that makes you drunk on both sides.

drumlovr (author)aactech2017-03-28

Double sided scotch tape.

StGreat (author)2017-03-28

Very nicely done, simple and affordable design with great results!

I was thinking about a lightbox and I am certainly going with something similar.

Thank you!

Cat00x (author)2017-03-28

Thank you so much for sharing this! Perfect for small workspaces. I was curious if you used a specific kind of light. Full spectrum?

YaronShemesh (author)Cat00x2017-03-28

i bought regular white bulbs (eco).
HYUNDAI ECO 20W E27 DL (1200lm)

MarlonS13 (author)2017-03-28

That's great. I like It So much. So easy, very simple and very functional. You are a genius.

lynneellen (author)2017-03-28

This is so cool! You made it look so easy. I really appreciate this; I've been wanting to do some closeup photography, but didn't have a lot of money to spend or a place to just drape a sheet over something. I think this will fit the bill! Thanks!

naresh16 (author)2017-03-28

Very Simple and nice creation !

YS Creations (author)2017-03-27

Nice build & idea. I'm curious if adding a light through the top panel will remove shadows all together?

You can control the shades by dimming the lights and the angels, my preference is with the shadows it adds something to these kind of photos, but its matter of taste.

That makes sense. Thanks for the reply :)

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Bio: Hi, I'm Yaron, A proud father of 2, A software engineer by trade and a creator by DNA. My love for building things started ... More »
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