$7 Photo Box (Light Box / Studio)





Introduction: $7 Photo Box (Light Box / Studio)

This is a DIY light box that accomplishes professional-looking photos. Although this is very cheap and very simple, I feel the photos you get from it compare well to the results achieved from much more expensive commercial light boxes.

It works by doing two things:

  • Diffuses (softens) your light source.
  • Provides a bright wraparound surface for your item to reflect.

I made this light diffuser box because I wanted a way to take better pictures of the spoon rings I sell on Etsy, but you can use this for any object small enough to fit into the photo booth.

Step 1: Build a Photo Light Box Using a Garbage Basket and Glass

Here are the items you'll need:

  • White plastic waste basket ($4 from Fred's Dollar Store)
  • Small piece of glass * ($3.25 picture frame from Fred's Dollar Store)
  • A light source ** (I used a cheap old clamp light and regular bulb)

* You only need the glass if you want a nice glossy, reflective surface beneath your item.
** As I show in the video, you don't have to have an artificial light - you can take your photo box outside.

Please watch the video for more details.

EDIT: Here is a link to my spoon rings:



  • If you want to take pictures of necklaces, just cut a slot or hole in the top to suspend the pendant from.
  • If using an incandescent bulb, don't leave it against the plastic for too long, as it could melt the plastic. LED bulbs are cooler, safer, and more energy-efficient.



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    Could you include a link to your etsy page? I really like that design, what kind of spoon is it?

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    Hi, SpectrHz! I've added a link to my spoon rings:

    I only know the names of some of the spoon designs. That one in the video is the only one of its kind I've been able to find, and I don't yet know the name of it.

    It is an absolutley gorgeous design, where do you get spoons like that? Antique stores?

    I do! I've also found some of the neatest patterns at thrift stores. Some of the ones I've found are from the early 1900's, and have really intricate designs. :)

    I tried to make one of these from a spoon I found at an antique store once, but when I attempted to anneal it, it just got brittle and broke. How do I tell what material they are on the go?