How to Make a Light Box Frame

How to Make a Light Box Frame! Imagine walking into a room filled with softly glowing photographs that capture precious moments that seem almost ethereal. Sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? Well, now you can turn this dreamy vision into reality by learning how to make a light box frame. A lightweight box frame is the perfect solution whether you want to add a touch of magic to your home decor or create an eye-catching centrepiece for an event or exhibition. In this article, we will unveil the secrets behind crafting these captivating displays and provide easy-to-follow instructions for creating your very own luminous masterpiece. Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonderland of illuminated photography!

How to Make a Light Box Frame

A lightbox frame is a useful tool for taking photos of small items. In this post, I will show you How to Make a Light Box Frame from scratch using materials that are readily available at your local home improvement store.

How to Make a Light Box Frame

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 piece of cardboard or foamboard (at least 18×24 inches)
  • A ruler or a straight edge
  • Scissors or a craft knife
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Clear self-adhesive plastic, or plexiglass
  • A stapler and staples
  • Clothes hanger wire (optional)
  • Photo paper (I used a double-sided photo paper)

Note: If you can’t find a 3/4″ thick foamboard you should try to find a thinner version and add something like a piece of cardboard to make it thicker.

  • Light bulbs and household extension cord (optional)

I used Daylight CFL Bulbs because they’re energy-efficient and I’ve had good experiences with them in the past. You can get these at Ikea or your local hardware store. If you plan on photographing outside, I would recommend using a reflector to bounce some light back onto your subject.

Step 1: Cut the Board

Cut the cardboard or foam board to 18×24 inches. If you are using a thinner version of foamboard, you may need to add an extra piece of cardboard to make it thicker.

Step 2: Measure and Mark the Corners

On one of the long edges, measure, and mark every 1 inch. Do this on both sides of the board. Then use a ruler or straight edge to draw a line connecting these marks. This will create your frame’s border.

Step 3: Cut Out the Frame

Cut out the frame using scissors or a craft knife.

Step 4: Tape the Frame Together

With the frame facing down, tape the top and bottom edges together.

Step 5: Measure and Mark the Center of the Board

Measure and mark the center of the board. This will be your light box’s opening.

Pins help in keeping the plastic steady and in place.

Step 6: Cut Out Center of Frame

When cutting out the center, leave at least 1/4 inch around the marked line. This will create a flap to help open and close your lightbox. (I added an extra 5 inches on each side for this step.) Leave enough space so that your camera lens can fit through this opening. You will need at least 5 inches on each side of the center to create a flap covering the opening.

Step 7: Add Adhesive Plastic to Frame and Flap

Cover one side of the frame and flap with clear adhesive plastic or plexiglass. The photo below shows the flap after it’s been covered with adhesive plastic. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the plastic.

Step 8: Staple the Frame and Flap

Staple the frame and flap together along the two long edges.

Step 9: Hang Your LightBox on a Hanger Wire (optional)

If you want to be able to hang your lightbox, then add a hanger wire on the top two corners.

Step 10: Add Light Bulbs (optional)

If you are using light bulbs, then add them now. I used Daylight CFL Bulbs because they’re energy-efficient and I’ve had good experiences with them in the past. You can get these at Ikea or your local hardware store.

Step 11: Turn on Your LightBox and Take Photos!

Once you have everything put together, turn on your lightbox and take some photos! I would recommend photographing in a bright area with lots of natural light. If you’re photographing outside, try to find a shady spot.


In conclusion, creating a lightbox frame is a fun and rewarding project that can elevate any photograph or artwork. Following the simple steps outlined in this article, anyone can quickly build their own lightbox frame. Whether for personal use or as a gift for someone special, this DIY project allows for endless creativity and customization. So why not give it a try? Start gathering the materials and get ready to showcase your favourite images in a stunning lightbox frame that will add a beautiful touch to any space.

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