As a part of my 30 Before 30 list, I'm supposed to make 10 total crafts from my "Must Make Later" Pinterest board and I'm completely behind. Skimming the board today, I noticed that I'd pinned at least three separate tutorials on how to make your own light box. Combining the steps from most, and adding in my own touches, I put together an incredibly simple light box.
It's a small light box, and I'll end up making a bigger and better one in the long run, but I wanted to test this out and having something small for smaller items doesn't hurt.
First take your shoe box and cut out a long rectangle from the top of the box and both sides, leaving the back and bottom intact. Leave enough of the frame because you'll need it to secure the printer paper.
Take your printer paper (or I've seen tissue paper used as well) and tape it along the outside of the box where you've created your holes. This helps let the light in. I imagine the tissue paper works wonders with this, but I didn't have any. Printer paper seems to work well.
Most say to use poster board for this next step, but as I didn't have any and this was such a small light box, I opted for some thick, white scrapbook paper. Fold the paper (without pressing a seam into it). As you can see, I turned the box into the shoe box lip to keep everything in place and sturdy. Because of this, it creates a shaded line (seen above) this disappears more if you adjust the lighting (from the top of the box) either by tilting it back, or shining a light through.
These are the photos I took right after. The lighting was fairly dim, no extra light used, just natural. Minor editing in PicMonkey to adjust the color balance and sharpness.
It's small, it's simple and it works perfectly for what I need right now.
PS: Yes those are RPG dice and yes they were bought from the greatest comic shop of all time, Kaboom Test Labs.
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