Hello lovelies!! Today I’m bringing you my secret to pretty pictures…the light box! Now this is may not be the most attractive contraption but boy oh boy does it make pictures look nice. I used to just drape sheets everywhere which led to lines, wrinkles, and a few broken vases and lanterns. Oops… :)
The light box is also super versatile. You can just leave it as is and have a beautiful white background, or you can tape up fabrics and papers to give it a different look. But this nice thing is it’s super lightweight and you can alter it to be however big or small you want. Like I said, it’s super customizable and versatile.
4 sheets of white poster board (20×30)
X-acto knife or
Scrap board or cardboard
1) Tape one sheet of board to the long end of another piece. Try and line them up exactly where they meet before taping. And tape TIGHTLY. It helps to dangle one off the edge and have someone prop it up. The tighter it is, the less seams you’ll see. Seams show up in pictures and thus increase Photoshop time.
2) Line up another board to be a side and mark where the base ends. You will have an extra ten inches or so. Lay it flat against a board and cut in a smooth line along a ruler (hold the ruler flat as you cut).
3) Measure the last side against the cut side and cut it to match the length. Now you can go about taping the sides together.
4) Now that the sides are together, line up the inner board to sit tightly in-between the little three sided thing we made. Ours was a little too big so we cut off about 1/4 inch but it can work without that. Once they’re lined up nice and snug, begin taping just like you did on the sides.
TIP: If you notice a bunch of light leaking in through the seams, take a piece of tape and pull it tightly across the two boards being held together. (The picture does a better job of explaining it). We did this a lot because a few of the boards were warped but it’s okay.
4) Voila!! You have your own light box! Take pictures of everything. Meet Bruce, my happy cactus!
If you need some tips on hanging and choosing papers and fabrics, here are a few tips:
Invest in some cheap wash tape because it is a life saver. If you pull it off (not aggressively. I repeat not aggressively.), you can reuse papers. I recommend buying those scrapbook paper book thingys. I have no idea what they’re officially called. But most of the time they have two copies of each pattern. You can usually find them on clearance or sale (buy Christmas papers in January, Halloween in November, etc).
You can tape them to the back and base to create a seamless background. Line them up as close to the corner where the back and base meet to keep the creases out.
Same idea as paper except use can tape them to the top of the board (or try binder clips, but they may dent the poster board). I buy just the little scraps from fabric stores or craft supply stores. Again like the paper, buy seasonal patterns right after that holiday has ended. For basic patterns and colors, try the clearance racks. Besides, you can buy just a yard (or less if they let you) and be a’okay.
And I think that’s all for today, folks!! If you make your own light box, tag me in the photos! And let me know if you’ve found the perfect hack to making this box look fantastic!