Soft Box - Easy and Cheap




Introduction: Soft Box - Easy and Cheap

I wanted to make a cheap soft box for the studio lights laying around in my room.
In my garage i found a big roll of tracing paper.
So here is how i made my softbox.

- 50x50 cm Piece of translucent paper (any kind will do)
- 2m Wire (I used electrical wire)
- Wire cutter
- scissors
- tape

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Making the Frame

Bend a piece of wire in a rectangle.
Keep in mind that it must fit around the end of the "flaps", so you can attach and detach them.
Then bend 2 wings and secure them onto the rectangle.
Connect the 2 wings with 2 wires to make an outer rectangle.

Look at the pictures for reference.

Step 2: Tape the Paper

Cut a piece of paper slightly bigger than the size of the outer rectangle.
Make small cuts in the corner of the paper.
Tape the paper around the wire.

Step 3: The Final Product

Place the softbox in front of the lamp.
And your box is finished.
The pictures below show the difference between with and without softbox.

Your lamp can produce a lot of heat.
When the temperature of the paper gets to high,
it might cause a fire.
Always leave a proper way of ventilation.

Be the First to Share


    • Fandom Contest

      Fandom Contest
    • Jewelry Challenge

      Jewelry Challenge
    • Backyard Contest

      Backyard Contest

    5 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 3

    You could also use Parchment paper, the kind used for lining baking sheets for cooking. It has a much higher temperature tolerance.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    That's a very good idea. But they are mostly brown coloured. Although i know they are sometimes white.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I bought it at a local DIY market in Holland where I live. It's a studio-spot for amateur use and comes with a normal lamp socket. The light I used is a ultra-bright LED spot with 300 lumen and 3 watt (Philips). The lamp casing costs around €60, that's about 80$ and the light itself €30 that's about $40 (i used the current rate of exchange).

    Take a look at your own local DIY store, home depot or IKEA and maybe you will find something similar.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    As the first comment notes, parchment paper makes for a good diffuser. Here in the US, a roll of Reynolds Parchment Paper can be gotten pretty easily and it is white-off white. Another reason to use it irregardless of its heat resistance is its diffusion capabilities. I have been testing a number of materials for best diffusion with the most light passed through and parchment paper is at the top. One problem with diffusers is the loss of effective light output, after all, a low budget strobist is probably using a less-than-pro flash and needs every bit of light from it.