There are bloggers who will do a weekly post with links to other blogs/posts that they have read and found to be interesting. I love reading these posts because it's impossible to follow and read all the blogs that are out there so I really appreciate seeing links to interesting reads.
One of the ones that I read without fail is cosmeddicted's Weekly Reads. Last week's (#25 August 11, 2011) Weeky Reads featured How To Build A Light Box For Better Pictures by Not A Rich Girl. Please take a chance to read this post because I found it quite interesting and decided that I wanted to build one too.
Not A Rich Girl used a cardboard box but I wanted something that I could dismantle so that it wouldn't take up space while not being used. Not wanting to spend money and going with the "using my stash" mentality, I thought about what I could do. I have lots of white fabric, so that's not a problem and I found a stash of dowels that had been cut down to about 20" lengths.
The dowels had been used in another project that I did a few years back.
All that I needed was to get elbow fittings for the corners.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find elbow fittings that small enough to accomodate the size of my dowels. The smallest was 3/4" fittings and I think that my dowels are 1/2". I also didn't feel like spending $1.68 per elbow fitting--I would need eight.
Thinking about it more, a light bulb went off in my head. A few weeks ago I had bought an organizer system to put my different makeup containers on.
Most of these interlocking cube systems are usually made out of wire grids but this one is made with a frosted plastic. I can take it apart and put it together as needed and with the frosted plastic, there's no need to attach fabric except for the inside background.
I can also use more pieces of it to make a bigger box if needed.
I'm still playing around with it a bit as I wanted to use a light-colored fabric for the background but it seems that white may be the best for the brightest pictures. I'm also playing around with a couple of different lighting choices. Pictured here are regular lamps but I also have a couple of LED lights that I'm testing out.
This DIY (kind of) light box cost me nothing since I bought the set to use for my makeup. I'm using the left over pieces for the light box. I'm happy that I was able to apply "use my stash" to this.
What do you think?