My sister suggested I make a DIY ring light for my photos, and I did some research on various ways to make a DIY ring light and this is what I came up with. I just took some basic ideas from others and came up with my own. Which saves hundreds of dollars if you bought one. Make sure you purchase Daylight and not warm light. I liked the idea of using flexible LED Strip lights with 3M adhesives. I did not need to use self locking cable ties or a wire wreath. My total purchase spent on this project is under $25. I used discounts from the Amazon seller when purchasing multiple items, saved on shipping, and using a 50% discount coupon for Michaels.
- Can also be found at your local Michaels store, not available online
Wax Paper (Optional- if you want a diffused light)
- Wrap the 18″ Floral Craft Ring with foil. Shiny side out. You might even want to tape the back of the foil wrapped craft ring to secure the foil. Try to make sure that the ends of the foil are on the back side, so that they don’t interfere with the adhesive side of the LED strip lights.
- Take the LED strip lights and adhere them onto the foil, in circular formation. Starting on the outside ring, and follow along until you get to the inner circle, about 3 rows of lights. Another feature I like about these LED Strip Lights is that I cut them according to the length I required without affecting the wiring. Every third section, you can cut where it indicates and if needed it comes with an accessory to connect the strips together.
- Connect the LED light strip to the adapter.
Now, this is just a ring light that you can hang onto a wall or a tabletop by a wreath holder. This is light enough that you can use a VELCRO® Brand Fastener or other type of hook or holder. I’m sure you can be creative, depending on how you want to use your ring light.