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How to Make a Quick & Easy Lightbox for Product Photos

It may not look like much from the outside, but this little box has been a huge help when taking photos of felted friends over at Woodland Trail Studio!

It was so easy to make, it took less than an hour, and there aren’t even any instructions needed – get a good size box (this will depend on the size of product you create), cut a hole in two sides and the top, cut off the front, tape it together, tape some white tissue paper on the holes and voilà!

The best part of it being a freestanding box, is that you can move it around your house/studio/office until you find the right light, you can set up lights to point at it, and it can be complete and total chaos all around you… but all people will see is the background colour you have within the box, and nice, soft lighting.

I chose an aqua coloured piece of fabric, I preferred it to white as it can be a bit harsh, and it’s a favourite colour of mine (and part of the branding colours for Woodland Trail Studio!).

It’s not fancy – it’s not even ironed! It’s just taped up to the back of the box so I can easily change the position if I need to, or swap out for a different piece of fabric or paper. I have a piece of printer paper behind it just to help give it a bit of structure for the curve of where it falls, but it’s not necessary.


lightbox inside  lightbox

Here you can see the difference between the left and right – where I changed the outside lighting, so the shadows would be less harsh. I like to use  natural light where possible, so I set up the lightbox on a side table by my sliding glass doors. The image on the left was the first test, the image on the right was when I pulled the sheer curtain to make the light less direct. I could have also moved away from the window to help, but the sheer worked great. Even if I didn’t have sheers, I could have temporarily taped some tissue paper to the glass, and added layers until the light was how I wanted, or simply moved it to a different window to test the light there.

lightbox shadows example

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Woodland Trail Studio: Gary the dog

I had the privilege of being part of a special gift from one sister to another on her wedding day. I worked on Gary in secret (well, secret from Instagram!), and was thrilled to see how happy my client was with the results. I got dozens of photos of Gary to work from, showing every angle so I could match his markings as closely as possible. Although I haven’t gotten to meet him in person yet, I think I was able to see his personality through all the photos, and translate that into my felt sculpture!


(see more of my creations through Woodland Trail Studio here »)

Happy Mother’s Day!

A little salt dough figurine has been hanging in our kitchen for as long as I can remember, so when her head broke off, I wanted to find a way to fix her. Unfortunately, the dough was just too old, and she was beyond repair, so I decided to use my skills as a needle felter to recreate her in felt!

It’s pretty amazing that these fluffy balls of wool can be stabbed into the shape of virtually anything!


Here we go! I created the head, arms, body, dress, apron and hat. (The original figurine is in a baggie to keep all the broken pieces together)


I started to attach all the pieces and used light yellow yarn for her hair.



(a bit blurry, but progress!) Hands, sleeves, hair and shoes are done!


Adding more detail…


Face, freckles and glasses!


The final product! I’m so excited to show my Mom on Mother’s Day!