Filmaker Scott Eggleston loves low budget accessories. and is also an avid DIYer. On this video he looks at a way to easily and cheaply create a replacement for a light stand (C stand) which is extremely flexible and cost about $20 to make.
Buying a ready c-stand for holding your lighting and other accessories can easily cost you over a $100 (for example this Cowboystudio model on Amazon costing just over $135). But if you are willing to go the DIY way you might be able to save quite a few bucks by buying a Mic Boom Stand which you can get for under $17 (see here on Amazon) which might not be the sturdiest thing in the world but with some help (sand bags water bottles etc.) you can make it stay in one place.
At this point you have the main unit and all you need to get is a few extra connectors that will allow you to attach any accessory to it such as a lighting. For example you can get a Mic stand to 1/4″ adapter (under $2) and a 1/4″ – 3/8″ Light stud adapter (under $1) and finally a Mini ball head that will help your accessory get maximum movement on the Mic Boom Stand. All in all you can make your own DIY C-stand replacement for just around $20 – pretty cool isn’t it?