DIY $20 SOFTBOX - I Did the Softbox $20 Which Was $200





Hi everyone. Every photographer, youtuber and almost everyone need a softbox. But everyone know that they are so expensive. I made so cheap softbox for you. Yes this is not different than original and expensive softbox. The original softbox is $200 but my handmade softbox is $20 :) (fee is changable for everycountry) Let's make it :)

Step 1: Materials:


*thick cardboard

*hot glue gun

*aluminium foil



*wall plug adaptor



*greaseproof paper

*black acrylic point and brush (optional)


*utility knife (optional)




Step 2: Cut Your Thick Cardboard:

You need big thick cardboard. And cut it. You can see all size on the photo. You can change all sizes if you want a big or small softbox. This softbox size is 50cm x 50cm. You need 4 cardboard pieces of the same size.

Step 3: Make Some Line (don't Cut)

Don't cut it. Make a little line just one side of your cardboard.

Step 4: Cover the Parts You Cut With Aluminum.

Cover one side of the parts you cut with aluminum. One side is enough. I used the hot glue gun for paste. You can use any glue; hot glue gun, paper glue, school glue, liquid glue and etc.

Step 5: Combine the 4 Sides With Each Other.

Combine the 4 sides with each other. I used a tape for combine.

Step 6: Cut a Cardboard for Center.

The center size of my softbox is 12cm. I cut a 12cm x 12cm cardboard. This piece is so important.

Step 7: Cut a Hole on the Cardboard..

Cut a hole on the cardboard. Hole size is the size of bulb socket.

Step 8: And Again Cover This Piece With Aluminium Foil.

And again cover this piece with aluminium foil. Of course I used a glue gun for paste. This is optional but glue gun is best and easiest methot.

Step 9: Paste the Last Cardboard Piece of the Softbox.

Paste the last cardboard piece of the softbox. Again I used glue gun. But also I used tape. This piece is so important for softbox. This is important for sturdiness.

Step 10: I Also Use Tape for Inside of Softbox.

I also use tape for inside of softbox. Sturdiness is so important :) Paste all corners from inside the softbox.

Step 11: Assemble the Electrical Assembly Step 1

Firstly assembly the bulb socket and cable.

Step 12: Assemble the Electrical Assembly Step 2

And assembly the wall plug adaptor. Be carefull and look at the photo for it.

Step 13: Assembly the Softbox and Cable.

Assembly the softbox and cable. And uss hot glue gun again. And assembly the bulb on this step. Bulb is important. Use quality and high voltage bulb. And of course use 'white' light bulb. Don't use 'sun light color' bulb. The original light of softbox is white.

Step 14: Paste the Greaseproof Paper on the Big Side of Softbox.

Paste the greaseproof paper on the big side of softbox. If you don't use the greaseproof paper, your light is can not soft. The light of softbox is soft light. We need this paper for best light. You can use anything for paste this piece. I use the tape. Easiest and best methot :)

Step 15: Paint It. (optional Step)

Actually this step is optional. If you want to your softbox looks like the original and expencive softbox, you can paint your softbox. Just use some black acrylic point :)

Step 16: Finishhhhhh :)

Your amazing and cheap softbox is ready. I made 2 softbox.

Step 17: You Can See My Video for All Steps :)

You can see my video for all steps :)

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    21 Discussions


    2 months ago

    Hi created you do a lovely job. Thanks for sharing your awesome Creations with us.
    Please keep sharing these type of instructable with us.
    I have questions
    You mentioned about soft light bulb but don't mention how many watt bulb you are used?


    Answer 3 months ago

    It diffuses the light and spreads it out, thereby minimizing (maybe even eliminating) shadows. The photographer then has a more even distribution of light and fewer overexposed areas in their photograph.


    Answer 3 months ago

    Hi! Softbox is a light for who want to take a perfect photo or video. Normal light is not good for a video or photo. Softbox light is soft. Not a direct or sharp light. And you know, you can not take a photo in a dark places. But if you have got a softbox, you have got a perfect light :) and you can take a photo or video when and where you want :)


    3 months ago

    This would be excellent for a home studio, but I'd love to see a second instructable for one which can be disassembled for travel, and is more durable.

    I would think that this foil and paper and cardboard would end up destroyed in a matter of weeks if you tried to take this on the road with you.

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    Reply 3 months ago

    Hi! Absolutely you are so right. This is just for a home studio. You never use it for travel. Hope I can make a disassembled for travel :) Thank you for amazing comment :)


    3 months ago

    When I type in Softbox in Amazon, I can find tons of them < 30€, including a stand and a bag. But I really can't find one for > 150€.
    Another thing is, the other softbox in your video and photos looks like the same as the paper one. Not as one that costs 200$.

    Just to let you know. I don't want to criticise you and I like your Instructable because its clearly made and a good idea on how to make an easy softbox from things you maybe have at home. ;)

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    Reply 3 months ago

    Hi! Thank you for wonderful comment. Actually I'm so happy for your comment. Unfortunately I can not find <30€ a softbox. I wrote, this is changable for every country. I just can find <60€ just a softbox in here.
    :))))) yes, your eyes is good :))) Actually my intention is not to deceive people. Never. This is just a photo for my video. I'm really thankful for your comment. :)


    3 months ago

    I need some soft boxes, but I'm just an amateur photographer, so I certainly can't pay $200 for them. i think I can make some like this. Thanks for posting this.
    I have one question: when I searched for "greaseproof paper" on-line, I got parchment paper used in baking. Is that the same thing?

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    Reply 3 months ago

    I used frosted mylar from a local art supply store. That has worked well for me. It comes in large sheets and does a good job of diffusing the light evenly.


    Reply 3 months ago

    Hey! Thank you for comment. This is really good idea. Thanks for sharing :)


    Reply 3 months ago

    Good information. Thanks!


    Reply 3 months ago

    Greaseproof paper is a British term for what Americans call waxed paper, but you could probably use parchment paper also. You might have to experiment to see which works best for you.
    If you want to upgrade from there, you can go to a theatrical lighting supply company and buy "diffusion gel" which is the plastic sheets that they put over theatrical lights to produce the same effect.
    And actually, probably any sort of thin white fabric would also work, but it might get dirty or dusty over time.


    Reply 3 months ago

    I'm so thankful gor your wonderful comment. Thank you so much this amazing information. :)


    Reply 3 months ago

    Hi. Thank you for wonderful comment. I'm so happy to hear that. I'm so happy for my project help you. Yes you can use it. You can use parchment paper, just use white paper. :)


    3 months ago on Introduction

    Nice work! i have noticed many people making DIY softbox but i never see a DIY stand for softbox. DIY stand will be more helpful Post.
    This instructable post is great and i like it. will have a try on it ;)