DIY projects can be really fun, and filmmaker Dustin McLean has a cool tutorial on YouTube on how to make your own softbox. His is mostly targeted at filmmakers, but if you’re a photographer who uses constant lighting then you can use if for your own needs.
Dustin fully states that the $7 spent was just for the diffusion panel, but the softbox was otherwise made from cardboard that was painted black, given black tape on the edges for securement and to ensure that light didn’t escape, and added diffusion/reflective material on the inside. Most of this was all right at home and available to him–and chances are that it is available to you too.
The only tough part that we see is the opening for a flash or a light which we feel needs to be tight to ensure that light doesn’t escape.
The video on making a DIY softbox is after the jump.