A homemade light tent is a good alternative to a traditional lightbox. Building a light tent allows the photographer to take professional, well-lit photographs without having to purchase or store a commercial lightbox.
Digital Photography School offers a light tent tutorial on its website as of 2015. To create the light tent, the photographer cuts rectangular holes in four sides of a cardboard box and then covers the holes in white muslin. The photographer then inserts a Bristol board into the box as a backdrop and points a bright light into the box from the top. If shadows are a problem, the photographer can light the sides of the box as well. The lightweight muslin diffuses the light, creating a bright, evenly lit environment in which to photograph small items.