How to Make a Light Box

For the past few weeks my little one has been enjoying various VBS camps at some friends churches, and she’s had such a great time! They’ve been to the water park, berry picking, the splash pad, and each morning is full of music, crafts, singing and dancing. So while she’s been having some fun and making friends, I’ve been enjoying some time in my craft room. In fact, I’ve made so many items that I’ve decided to relaunch my Etsy store, and my craft room looks like a gift shop and smells like burlap. It’s been lovely, having some time to myself to create these items, but now it’s time to move them out!

While photographing my items I started wishing for a light box. Wishing lead to research and research landed me in the warehouse of my husbands work digging through piles of cardboard boxes until I found the one.

After a quick stop at the dollar store for tissue paper and Bristol board I headed home to try my hand at this thing. It was actually quite simple once I started and I actually feel kind of silly that I waited so long to do this. It took less than an hour from start to finish and cost me $2.50 :).

The How-To:

Get yourself a big box. Draw a 1.5″ frame around the outside perimeter of the sides of the box. I used a yard stick because it was a straight edge and the right width.


Cut the inner square out using a utility knife, but if you can’t find one then a kitchen paring knife works well too. I’m not saying that’s what I did (I totally did) but you can.

Cut the flaps off the top of the box, and tape down the bottom flats on the inside. Turn it so that the opening is now facing you – this is the orientation of your light box.


My box was 18″ wide, so I cut my Bristol board / poster board (down the long side) so that it was 18″ wide. Slide it in so that it goes along the bottom, and curves up the back wall, then excess to the top. Don’t crease it into the corners, just press it in as tight as possible and then glue the top and bottom edges to hold it, keeping the curves in the corners.


Modge Podge (paste glue) the edges around your cut out windows, and glue down a sheet of tissue paper to the outside of the box, covering your side windows. Repeat this for 3 layers of tissue. Then do the other side window. Cut away the excess tissue paper from the edge of the box.


And then really, that’s it! I used two desk lamps to direct light into the sides, and set it up in an area where it wouldn’t be disturbed (my guest room). I’m happy with the results, but what do you think?!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. LubbyGirl says:

    I love it – I made one of these a couple of years ago, when I was heavily into crafting and cardmaking. Now I wish I’d kept it, but it probably wouldn’t have survived the move. Time to make a new one I plumb reckon.


    1. mycraftaddiction says:

      Go for it! I’d love to see a photo when you do 🙂


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