10 Minute Light Diffuser




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Make your own light diffuser to enhance the quality of your photos!

This simple design costs less than $5 and can be put together in 10 minutes!

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Step 1: Materials

Materials include: 

Piece of foam core or cardboard - 30" x 20"
Piece of white tissue paper - 24" x 20" use colored tissue paper to change the light color
Exact-O Knife
Gorilla Glue - or other adhesive

Step 2: Draw Lines

Draw lines on the foam core indicated by the dotted lines in the image.

Draw a vertical line at 1" on the foam core.  Draw a vertical line at 24" on the foam core.  Now draw another vertical line at 23".  

Draw a horizontal line 1" from the top of the foam core and 1" from the bottom of the foam core.  

At the end, round the corners as seen in the image.

Step 3: Cut With Knife

Cut along the solid blue lines with the exact-o knife.  

Step 4: Glue Tissue Paper

Align the corners of the tissue paper with the corners of the foam core and glue them together.  See second picture for final product.

The extra foam core on the end will serve as a handle.

Step 5: Use With Photo Station

Use light diffuser to lessen the harshness of the light, block shadows, and more!

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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    can i use white crepe paper instead of tissue paper? how much paper should i use to diffuse light


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Having done quite a bit of light design for theatre I would be a bit concerned that the tissue could be flammable, of course depending on the bulbs you're using and how close you want the diffuser to be to the light source. Parchment paper might be a good alternative as it is used for baking so would hold to higher temperatures.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! And the diffuser looks like my brand new iMac too! :-D

    If you buy an extra piece of foam core board, it can be used as a reflection screen.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Do you have to hold it there, or did you make a frame out of wire to do that? Looks great. Now I gotta make one or some. GR I!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    great instructable , i was thinking about making some studio lights for my brother and will need to make diffusers. i was wondering though , would it be a good idea to make them out of parchment paper, the stuff u can put in the oven.

    That way the lights wont be able to spontaneously catch it on fire........

    or would the paper even get the hot ?


    8 years ago on Step 4

    Are you adding glue only on the corners of the paper? Or all around the sides? Great instructable, btw! :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This looks good- I've been needing something like this- thanks!