How to Make a Photo Light Tent

How to Make a Photo Light Tent! A light tent is like a custom-made mini studio where you can create the perfect setting for your portraits. This square or rectangle fixture features semi-transparent white walls lined with diffusion material, which allows in more flattering soft lighting as well as diffusing it so that all parts are shaded evenly without any harsh shadows on faces or objects within view (which would give too much contrast).

Making your own light tent is not only cheaper but also more customizable. You can make one to fit any size craft with ease using just a cardboard box!  A photo lightbox is a great DIY photography project that can be completed in about an hour from start to finish. It will provide you with a professional-looking space for shooting photos of small objects or small groups of people. In this article, we’ll discuss How to Make a Photo Light Tent and how it helps photographers take better pictures!

Have you ever wanted to make a photography studio in your home? How about making one for less than $50 using only items that you can find at a hardware store? We will walk through the steps of how to make a photo light tent and share what supplies are needed.

Do you want to take amazing photographs of your products and entice potential customers? How about using a photo light tent.

How to Make a Photo Light Tent

Follow these simple steps!

Step 1: Materials 


  • Rigid cardboard box 
  • Marker 
  • Tough scissors
  • Cutting board 
  • Semi-transparent white paper 
  • Tape

Step 2: Prepare the Box 

You’ll need a cardboard box of the appropriate size for your project. You can choose between small, medium, or large depending on how big it is going to be when finished with this craft!

Prepare the Box

The larger the box, the lighter it will contain. The more light bouncing around inside your setting means that you’ll have a brighter and lovelier ambiance for all to enjoy!

I have created a box of 60 x 40 x 35 cm. I removed three flaps from the top and sides to leave only one, which will extend out as an extension for my base

Step 3: Measure the Windows 

Measure the distance from the top and sides of your box. The goal is to create a window as large on these three sides, but not so long that it damages or weakens them in any way.

Measure the Windows

The marker should be short enough so you can see what’s going on inside while still maintaining structural integrity for stability

To make sure you don’t cut any of your cuts too close, I’ve placed my guidelines at 6 cm for the weakest part (the edge where flaps were) and 5 cm elsewhere. If using a utility knife to remove the top and sides then mark lines inside the box first!

Step 4: Cut Out the Windows

Cut Out the Windows

To create a perfect cut, you will need to use your tough scissors and follow the guidelines. If marked lines are inside of the box then use a cutting board with another pair of hands for this step especially if using a utility knife without a cutting board or ruler; metal is best since it makes it safer easier.

Use tools safely (Hint hint!)    

Step 5: Measure and Cut the Paper for Windows

Measure and Cut the Paper for Windows

If you want your windows to look like elegant and expensive glass, go for it! To do this we will need some materials that can be found at any home improvement store. Take the semi-transparent white paper from a roll or stack if available; tracing paper also works well in making sure there’s enough width when measuring each piece size needed per window’s dimensions (i.e., length x height). If possible – measure one long strip of material which covers all three sections’ needs onto ready space without overlapping parts along surface area covered by original [background color].

Step 6: Attach the Paper

Attach the Paper

With the paper cut to size, tape it to the inside of your box.

Step 7: Attach the Runway

Attach the Runway

To make your photo shoot go more smoothly, tape a paper template to the back of the box. This will allow you to position everything correctly and prevent any unwanted tilts or curves from occurring during setup time! When positioning items inside take care not only about their placement on top but also lower shelves too – if anything is hanging off its edge it could create an unflattering image in photos (not one we want!). Once finished simply stand upright after closing up shop with these simple steps.

Step 8: Position the Tent

Position the Tent

When light enters a newly created tent, it will bounce around in order for you to have the greatest success. To maximize your viewing experience and be most comfortable with this type of illumination, try moving your vacation spot into an area that gets plenty enough sunlight or adjusts its position accordingly if necessary!

Step 9: Position Your CraftPosition Your Craft

To get the most out of your photo, it’s important to be strategic about positioning. Make sure you place your craft in between two stakes with an open space around them so there are no obstacles for viewers when they view this art form up close! Keeping away from back curves will keep everything looking seamless while still maintaining that raw feel we’re going after here today.

Now, Start Shooting!

Now you can make your own light tent! It’s easy, and it looks great.