These $2.50 DIY Sandbags Will Keep Your Light Stands Steady on the Cheap

Here’s a neat idea for those of you who know the benefit of using sandbags to keep your light stands from tipping over, but aren’t sure if that benefit is worth the 13-30 dollars heavy-duty light stand sandbags will run you on Amazon. It’s a DIY solution, and it comes to us courtesy of Tylordfilms.

All you’ll need to make your own are two nylon zip bags from the local Dollar Tree, some ziplock bags full of whatever free sand or dirt you can get your hands on, and a couple of zip ties. Here’s what the final product should look like:


These simply consist of ziplock bags full of sand stuffed into the nylon bags, which are then ziptied together to create a more traditional looking, hangable light stand sandbag. If you want to make them even more professional grade, simply do what YouTube user James DeRuvo did and sew yours together.

It’s a simple solution that will only cost you about $2.50 when it’s all said and done. To see more videos from Taylordfilms — including more on-the-cheap DIY photography solutions — head over to their YouTube channel by clicking here.

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