DIY Ring Light

Dec 27, 2018

“The Perfect DIY Ring Light When Your Just Getting Started”

When I first launched this blog the idea was to share every single thing that I learn on this online journey. With still such a long way to go I continue to read, take notes and watch YouTube videos. I wanna stay on that very same path. I wanna continue to keep learning and keep sharing.
Besides this blog, buying a camera is one of my best investments so far. I’m no photographer by any means. But I do like taking pretty pictures. I do think I’m much better behind the camera than in front of the camera. But ya know to each its own!
With any camera, rather a digital camera of your phone’s camera, we all know how important lighting is when it comes to taking a photo. Photography is all about lighting. Some good lighting can really make a difference in the outcome of your photo. Some photographers only shoot at a certain time of the day known as – The Golden Hour.
I usually use natural daylight when taking my photos. That’s the best light if you ask me – but then again remember I’m no photographer. I do work a full time job and blog on the side, my normal routine is to take all photos on the weekdays after 5 PM always. Well guess what with the time change, it’s now dark when I get off work so I needed a plan b for good lighting.

DIY Ring Light

I decided to make a DIY (do it yourself) ring light tutorial. So if you just started a blog here is a great way to make your photos look even better. Or maybe you take your own photos for your online store, or you’re a makeup artist wanting better light for your models. Below you will find a list of DIY ring light materials to get you started.
This DIY is for you. Main items can be purchased from Amazon. I will leave links below.

What You Need – Supplies
1. Card board, you can use an old box
2. Plastic Cable Ties
3. Packing Tape4. Pencil5. Scissors or Box Cutter Note: The box cutter makes cutting the box easy
6. Rope Light
7. Wreath Wire Frame (12″)
8. Aluminum Foil
9. Wax Paper
DIY ring light materials
What To Do
1. Use the pencil and trace the outer and inner parts of the wreath wire frame onto your card board. The Circle does not have to be perfect. If your cardboard is dark maybe go over it twice.
diy ring light
2. Go ahead and cut it out. Cut out the outer part inner parts of the circle. (see photo) The box cutter makes the cutting party easy, but please be careful. Use scissors if there is no box cutter.

3. Use the aluminum foil and wrap all the way around your cut out card board. Cover with aluminum foil completely. The light will bounce off of the aluminum and shine more on what being photographed or videoed.
4. Use your cable ties and tie the wreath wire frame to the cut out card board.
5. Tie the rope light to wreath wire frame using your plastic cable ties. Start by wrapping the rope on the outer portion and work your way in. You’ll end up with 3 or 4 rows of lights. Use the plastic cable ties to hold as your wrap round. I used about 27 ties total. Make sure you leave out the part of the light rope that plugs into the wall, no need to tie that down.
6. Cut off any access (the part that sticks out) be careful because after you cut the plastic cable ties they’re very sharp at the tip.
7. Take your wax paper and wrap it around the entire fixture. Tape it down in the back. Clear tape looks better, but all I had was red tape so I made it work.
Plug the light up and use it for your photos and or your YouTube videos. It makes a huge difference, trust me! Try making your own.Let me know how it turns out
How has lighting upgraded your photos or videos? Do you notice a difference? Try making this DIY Ring light and send me a few photos. Do you think this ring light would come in handy?


  1. Dani

    You did a good job here. I will try this too. 🙂

  2. Melanie

    Great! I need to make this!!

  3. Yvette

    You did a great job….you made this seem easy.

  4. Tasha

    Ah! I so needed this! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Ourliveswitbella

    This is awesome! I keep searching for lighting equipment for my pictures, but I think I will try this first and see how it works for me 🙂 Thank you for sharing!


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