How to Make a Light Box Frame

How to Make a Light Box Frame! Are you looking for a way to display your photos and artwork? If so, then you may want to consider building a lightbox frame. Photo Lightboxes are an excellent option for displaying arts and crafts while providing the artist with control over lighting. In this post, I will show you How to Make a Light Box Frame that is perfect for hanging on the wall in any room! 

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.

Final thoughts

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.