Sunday, February 7, 2010



1. Frame for the light box. I used a clothing frame used to store clothing. These can be purchased at Walmart, Target, etc. Put the frame together and do not use the cloth cover. Look around to see what other clever objects can be used.

2. 3 two" x six foot pine boards.

3. Three clamp lights purchased at local home improvement store.

4. Quick Cement!

5. 2 empty paint cans. New empty ones can be purchased at home improvement store.

6. Post Board for base and background.

7. Tracing paper, as large as you can find. Tape.

8. Two saw horses, box or small table for your base.Follow the steps below. First I made the sticks in the can with the cement, let dry overnight. I had my frame already put together. Place in your permanent location. Place the stick in the cans to the right and left of the frame.
Attach the 6 foot pine to the two sticks in a can.
Place the saw horses or box inside the frame. Place the foam core on top of saw horses or box.
Clamp work lights to the frame.
Tape tracing paper to the frame with the lights on. Avoid placing any tape in the light line to avoid lines and shadows.
Fun and Easy Light Box

Making Stick in a Can

Using a paint can new or used cleaned out, take your quick cement and mix it with water according to the package directions. Place the stick in the can on the side, pour or shovel the cement into the can. Place in a location to dry overnight!

Clamp 2 x 6's together

Clamp 2 x 6 to across the top to the two sticks in a can! This is to clamp lighting on top!

Base of Light BOX

Place saw horses or box between frame. Place foam board or poster board on top of saw horses. Place one piece of foam board on background.
Tape the tracing paper to the frame. Place your work lights in the desired position

Completed Light Box

This is the completed light box. The lights can be clamped in any position or more lights can be added!

Easy Light Box

Steps for an easy light box.


2 Paint Cans (new or old can be purchased at local hardware store)

3 2" x 6' pine (local hardage cheap a couple of dollors)

3 Clamp Work Lights (approxmate local hardware store)

1 package of quick cement

large tracing paper to fit your frame

2 saw horses or a stand or object to put your poster board on

2 to 3 sheets of foam board for your background or whatever you choose.

Plastic Cloths Frame (purchase at walmart to keep cloths in) remove cover and there is your frame

First Step: Make a stick in a can: Mix the cement in a separate container using the direction on package (just adding water). Place 2" x 6' piece of pine in the can and pour cement into the can. Place stick on the side of the inside of the can not in the middle. Let harden overnight. These are great to use for many projects that you need to clamp items to.. they don't fall over.

Second Step: Believe it or not. You may look around your home and find many things to use as a frame. I used a plastic frame that was used for hanging clothes. The frame had a zipper dust free cloth over it. I removed the cloth... and there is my frame. Be creative and look around to see what you can use.

Third Step: Place your stick in the can to the left and right of your frame. Take 1 2" x 6' piece of pine and clamp to the tops of both the stick in the cans. See photo.

Fourth Step: Place saw horses between the frame and place poster board on the frame. Clamp the work lights to the left, right and top of the frame on the 2" x 6' pine as shown.

Fifth Step: Attach tracing paper to the outside of the frame WITH THE LIGHTS ON so that you can see shadows, etc.

Sixth Step: Adjust the lighting to suit your needs. The clamps can be adjusted and moved to the desired spot.