How to Make a Photography Lightbox

If you’re a blogger or ever need to grab a decent shot in a pinch, what do you do? Lighting is everything when you are trying to get the perfect picture, right? Since I often blog at night, I am not always able to grab the pictures I need during the day.

How to Make a Photography Lightbox

Make a Photography Lightbox

Therefore, I decided to make a photography lightbox.

But, again, since it is close to Midnight there is no way I want to run to the store. Instead, I walked out to the garage to see what I could use to make my own lightbox.

I found a box my new Keurig had come in this week that was the perfect size. Then I tried to find some white material or an old sheet but couldn’t find one. I looked some more and decide why not just try paper.

Yep. Regular office paper.

I gathered the rest of the supplies I thought I could use, grabbed my husband and we commenced to making our photography lightbox. It literally took us 30 minutes.


  • cardboard box (we used a 15″ x 18″ box)
  • copy paper (5 sheets)
  • box cutters
  • scissors
  • tape
  • lamp or other light source


  1. Taking a sheet of letter size copy paper, cut it in half long way, and then tape it to another full sheet. Using this to measure, trace around it on 3 sides of the box. 
    Photography Lightbox
  2. Take a straight edge and measure approximately 1″ inside the traced box from step #1 to make a smaller box inside. Use a box cutter to cut out the inside box to create a frame on three sides of the box. 
  3. Tape the nicely put together paper pieces to each of the three sides. 
  4. (Optional) Cut a slit on the back end of the top for sliding in backgrounds. (We used an art easel paper roll we had on hand). 
  5. Position a lamp of other light source over the top and on both sides (if possible) and you are ready to shoot! 
    Photography Lightbox

Here are a few before pictures I took on my kitchen counter. This is where I take most of my pictures because it is the only place I can get a decent clean background.

The cream tint of the counter and the energy-efficient bulbs we use typically leave my pictures yellow.

unedited pics

And now here are the same three objects (notice they all belong to my kids) shot inside the lightbox:


Totally ghetto? Maybe?

But (A) it works and (B) it is totally affordable! It didn’t cost me a thing! Now I can save those Amazon gift codes I had for something else. WooHoo!

What is your biggest photo challenge?

How do you make things work in a pinch?

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