Those who are starting out with photography do not necessarily have to buy the best and most expensive reflectors in the market. With a little ingenuity and creativity, you can come up with your own homemade reflectors for different photography requirements. Here are some that you will find most useful:
This highly reflective material can be found right in your own kitchen. Aluminum foil is a great homemade reflector for when you need a strong bounce light. Simply wrap the foil around a big cardboard, and glue it securely. You're ready to lug it around then during your photography sessions.
Car Sun Shade
Car shades usually have two sides, a dark one and a lighter side. The lighter side is often made of reflective material to bounce off the sun's harsh rays. This is a great option as a homemade reflector if you need ample bounced light. You can get it at any car accessories shop, and since this is often foldable, it becomes easier to carry around with you. You can clip it to a light stand and angle accordingly.
A big styrofoam board can be purchased at any craft store, and though it's not made of a reflective material, the even white surface is great when you need to softly bounce light. It gives off a very subtle reflection, and it's good for lightly illuminating your subject.