7 DIY Light Box Projects & Tutorials for Photography

If you want to be good at product photography, you need good lighting. A light box is a great solution to light a piece properly to show its true color. You can use light boxes for taking amazing photos of products, foods, crafts and more. However, a light box can be a expensive product to buy. If you don’t want to spend $100 on some fabric and 2-3 lights, you can create a DIY light box in your home with a small budget.

In this post, you will find the 7 DIY light box projects and their step by step tutorials. After creating one of these light boxes, you can take amazing high quality photographs of your objects. All these projects are great for proper lighting so you can choose the one that suits your budget or your materials. If you want to add a tutorial to the list or give some advice to our DIY fans, feel free to use the comment section.

DIY Lightbox build with Ikea Lack table


This photo/tracing light box created by Mr Chutney from instructables.com. If you don’t have the space to store a large lightbox, this one may the best for you. In this project, he used an Ikea “Lack” table that costs about $10. You can use any other table like this or you can buy the “Lack” from this link. This amazing DIY light box will take your couple of hours to build so check out the step by step tutorial from this link.

How to Make An Inexpensive Light Tent – DIY


One of my favorite DIY light box projects is this one by Jeffrey Bail from “Digital Photography School”. You will need a box, some fabric, tape, glue, white bristol board and a light source. Then you are ready to start creating this beauty. If you want to find this awesome light box project in details and see it in action, check out this link.

How To Build A Photo Light Box For Less Than $20


I found this video tutorial on “Savy Seller” Youtube channel and it is one of the best DIY light boxes ever made. You can create this light box for less than $20 and you can also use the items around the house. Find a box, buy 1 or 2 lights and some diffusing sheets then you are ready to watch this tutorial and create your own light box.

Make Your Own Object Photography Soft Light Box


This soft light box tutorial is created by “alcurb” from instructables.com. He shows us how to build a portable object photography light box using low-cost materials and simple tools. You can easily fold up this one and store under your bed. If you want to create a portable light box like this, you can check out the full detailed tutorial from this link.

Photography Light Box


This is an another easy to do DIY light box and its creator is “tekjock” from instructables.com. You need a large cardboard box, white clothes, tape, poster boards and reflective lights to make it. If you want to try to build this light box, you can check out the step by step tutorial from this link.

Build A Light Box On The Cheap, Take Gorgeous Photos!


DIY Tryin Youtube channel is a weekly adventure for DIY addicts and their light box tutorial is awesome too. You need some cheap supplies, a hobby knife and a couple of lamps to create this mini photo studio. There is a detailed tutorial in the video so you can go to near store, buy your materials and build this light box in a couple of hours.

Photo Lamp and Lightbox

Finished lamp

This cool light box tutorial is created by Andrew Sleigh from instructables.com. He shoots still life and product photographs so he decided to make his own light box. You can buy all the materials from any DIY store or a supermarket. Then you are ready to create your own. If you want to build this awesome light box and see it in action, you can use this link for the tutorial and photos.