How to Make Your Own White Box

Here's an example of a product shot in a white box
Here’s an example of a product shot in a white box

Welcome to the photography DIY channel… I mean, welcome back to the Photography Roundtable. Today I’m going to be showing you how to make your own white box. Normally white boxes are used for product or modeling photography. They are used for those photos that make a model or product look like they are in a white room. A white box can be the size of a shoe box, or it can be the size of a house. Usually, the really large white box shots are for product photography for cars or other big products. But, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a white box. In fact, you can make one yourself with household items! Let’s see how…

What You Will Need:

  • Cardboard Box
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper (the kind you use to wrap presents)
  • White Poster Board

Step 1

So, what kind of cardboard box should you be looking for? Well, any box will do, really. My recommendation is to go to your local grocery store and ask if you can look through their boxes they are about to recycle. They usually have really sturdy boxes that have been used to carry candy bars or something like that. Of course, if you have a box at home that you can use, do that too! I will say from doing this myself before, a longer box will work best. The deeper the depth of the box, the less shadow you will see once you are done constructing your white box.

Step 2

If your box has a front, cut it off to where there is only a small lip on the very bottom. The front is where you will take the photo from. You will want the small lip to hold the poster board in place once we get to that step near the end.

Step 3

Cut out square holes in the sides of your box. Be sure you cut them large enough so that you won’t have shadows in the white box for your photos. A good rule of thumb is about 2 inches from the edge.

Step 4

Tape the tissue paper on the sides and top of your box. The tissue paper acts as a light diffuser so you won’t have ridiculously harsh highlights in the photos. Just a tip: be careful with the paper. It tears very easily, so you might want to have a few extra pieces on hand if one rips.

Step 5

Install the poster board so that it is touching both the bottom lip and the roof edge. The poster board should also be long enough to gradually curve near the back of the box to the roof. The steeper the curve, the more it will be noticed. That’s why longer and deeper boxes work the best. Did I loose you in the explanation? That’s OK, reading it can be confusing. That’s why I made this video to show you the process!

That’s it! You’re done and ready to start shooting! Using a white box will help you take some really creative photos! For more instructional videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel!