As I mentioned yesterday, I finally built a lightbox. It’s something I have had in mind for a while, but was never sure just quite how I wanted to do it. I finally decided to bite the bullet & do it. I once again hit the faithful internet, most high font of ideas, & then whipped one up with items I had on hand. FREE!
I also used two sheets of white poster board, clear packing tape, Elmer’s Glue All, scissors, a ruler & a measuring tape, a pencil, & a goose neck clip on desk lamp. I wish I had had a yardstick for a straight edge, but I made do.
I didn’t have enough poster board to cover all the inside, so I decided which way would serve me best, & I measured the inside & cut two pieces out for the inner sides. I covered the back sides of the poster board & a little on the sides of the box with glue, & then carefully smoothed them in place. I made sure it fit snug to the back of the box & the bottom to prevent slips showing in the photographs.
I would have preferred using a glue stick or spray adhesive, but my glue stick proved to be a little too old to be useful >_< & I don’t have any spray adhesive. If you use white glue, be sure not to use too much because it will warp your poster board & that could show up in pictures.
When that was done I had a couple of scrap pieces I was able to tape together for the top. Their size, plus a bit of tape along the front held them in place. I didn’t want to glue it in because I’m going to replace it later when I get more poster board. Then I can use the box both ways. I also plan to buy some other backdrop colors, including a fluorescent green poster boardfor making easy shots for digital backgrounds.
I measured the inside width, & cut the other piece of poster board longways for the back drop, which covers the entire back & bottom. It needed a good fit, so when cutting I erred on the side of caution & then trimmed it down from there. I fitted it to the top of the back & gently moved it into place along the side. I let it curve out at the bottom rather than fitting it to the corner for no creasing & a smooth look in photos.
I had a goose neck clip on desk lampI use for reading & crocheting when I need extra light. It’s only rated for a 40w bulb, but – & what is important here – it was a Reveal bulbfor truer colors. (If you’ve ever painted your room red, you know they are the difference between red walls & orange.)
Before building my lightbox I researched the process across the internet. I didn’t use any of the tutorials, but they did inspire my process. Every one I looked at didn’t Make it to Pinterest, but here are the ones I pinned to my How-to board.