I went to BJ's and got one of those empty boxes they have by the register for you to put the groceries in. The box already had three windows so I didn't have to cut it. I looked through my gift wrap supplies and found white tissue paper. With the help of my assistant (my 8 yrs old boy), I taped the tissue paper to the open sides. Then, I went to Michaels and got the black and the white poster boards for .49 and .59 cents. I used to desk lamps that I got recently for $10 at BJ's. Here is the set up:
Unfortunately, I didn't really follow the step by step directions on this. I did not control the tungsten or white light balance. I tried using two lamps and placing them at the different sides and the top. Sometimes, it worked better with only one lamp on the side. Other times, it helped having one on top; depending on how much light was coming through the window in the room. My son was an excellent helper, holding one of the lamps for me. He also had a great time taking photos of his own things. I learned that using the flashlight is not always a good idea. It'll make the picture look yellowish.
Here are some of the pictures we took:
This one of the pink hat was taken outside with the sun on the side. I did controlled the white balance on this one (+1).
Here are some of the ones my son took:
He's been drawing a lot lately and he wanted to take a picture of one of his drawings.
I will definitely try to do this again.