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I have news!
Next week I’m launching a lifestyle YouTube channel! I’ve been busy this week working to create content, and I noticed something important was missing from my test shots – lighting. My lighting was uneven and casting unflattering shadows. I looked for a solution online and found the Diva Ring Light which has amazing reviews but costs $200.
I don’t know about you, but when I enter into a new venture, I’m not trying to invest $200 right out of the gate. So I added the light to my wishlist and turned to my best friend Google for a DIY version to get me started. The good news is that I found a DIY that had glowing reviews; the better news is that I had a lot of the needed supplies already in my house!
This is the exact DIY I followed for this, but if you’re not a video type of person (or if you’re like me and hate pausing the video every step), I thought I’d share the “how to” with all of you.
Trace your wreath form onto the cardboard and cut out. Set aside. This part is the hardest part of the DIY! Cutting cardboard is hard on the hands, and I really should’ve used a cutting mat and razor blade. Maybe next time!
Wrap your cardboard cut out in foil. I was going to say there’s no wrong way to do this, but there probably is. So just rip a piece of foil and wrap it up. I overlapped about an inch on each layer to ensure the cardboard would be covered. This is to reflect the light back to the front of the light. After you finish it should look something like this:
It’s time to add the lights! Secure the end of the lights with a zip tie and begin wrapping on the outside of the form, working your way in. Be sure to secure with a zip tie every other metal notch. You’ll see exactly where I mean once you’re on this step, I promise. You should be able to wrap it around about 4 times. Leave out a little bit on the end and attach your plug. Cut down the extra at the end of the zip ties but be careful! These suckers are sharp! At this point it should look like this:
You guys, I forgot to take a picture of this step. You’ll need to rely on the beautiful way I string together words. Good luck! Just kidding – it’s easy. Next, attach the foil cardboard ring from step 1 to the back of your lighted wreath form. I only used four zip ties for this – one in each quarter of the wreath. Cut the zip ties down.
Wrap the whole thing in wax paper and secure with tape. And that’s it, you guys! It should look like this:
I tested it and not to spoil anything, but it is outstanding. I can’t wait for you guys to see the videos I’m working on for you! The channel is here, and I’ll be uploading new videos weekly, starting next week. Subscribe now so that you’re notified when the videos go live!