Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY Light Box Tutorial: How To Build A Light Box With Your Cat

I kept putting off creating a lightbox because I thought it HAD to be more complicated than it looked.

Turns out, it isn't.  I'm posting this on a Friday because it really is SO easy that you can whip it up tonight (or as soon as you get your supplies) and be using it by the weekend!

I looked at DIY Tutorials from: Chalkboard Nails, Nails By Kayla, and the Daily Varnish.  They are all a little different, but the basic idea is the same.

Supplies You Will Need:
-cardboard box (mine is 14x14 and was about 85 cents at Walmart)
-box cutter
-white tissue paper
-lamp/decent bulb

Yep, that's it.  So, here we go!

Step 1.  Clear most of the dog and cat toys from your working space.  
Use the box cutter to cut three sides out of the box, and also cut the flap off those sides, too.  Leaving the bottom flap is optional, but I like it because it seems to make the whole thing a little more stable.


Step 2.  Wait while your dogs and cat check out your progress.


Step 3.  Add tissue paper to the three exposed sides.  One of the tutorials suggested a black cover, but most seem to have white on all sides.  Tape it tightly to the box, just one layer of tissue paper.

Tip: Watch out for cat claws.  They damage tissue paper pretty easily ;)


Step 4.  Add a background.  Other people have suggested poster-board, and I think that is a better idea than the regular computer paper I had on hand.  You can make this a permanent background or just hang it with tape so you can change colors/backgrounds.


Step 5.  Attempt to test your lightbox after you've found a stand-alone lamp to perch over the top as your light source.  Wait while your cat comes to approve the project.


Step 6.  After cat successfully bats away the polish bottle you were testing the light box with, give in to the overwhelming powers of cat cuteness + cat curiosity, and just go ahead and use your cat as your test subject.


Step 7.  After your cat gets tired of this game, which will clearly be on her timely terms and not yours, go ahead and test your light box for real with a mani, instead of a fuzzy pain in the behind.


And there you have it!

What do you think?



  1. Great tutorial! Loved the dog and kitty pics LOL

  2. Love how your pets "helped" with things! :-)

    1. Well now they will be happy to help with round 2 since Mao has put her paws through the tissue paper, LOL. thank you for commenting!!

  3. Great idea, thanks for sharing. Your pets are adorable!!!

    1. You're welcome! Share your results if you make one! And thank you!

  4. Awesome! Thanks! What kind of lightbulb do you suggest? I've tried a couple but for some reason I get a yellow tint sometimes


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