Here are two DIY photo back drops that are affordable and easy to make! I was recently at a conference and one of the speakers was Christine Pittman, of Cook the Story. Christine spoke about food styling and photography. I was really excited to hear how she created back drops and “table tops” for her photos. I remember thinking..”Even I could do that!” As soon as I returned home, I headed for Home Depot and started collecting my supplies!
In this first photo, I created a “marble table top”. I purchased 6 12″x12″ peel and stick tiles for $.99ea. It was suggested that we attach them to either wood or even a foam board. I happened to have a foam board, so I used it, but I think I would go with a light weight, thin board next time. Lay out your tiles in the pattern you prefer. Measure out your surface. Once you have determined where you want to place your tiles, carefully peel the backing off and firmly press them into place. Make sure they are lined up tightly and placed evenly on the board. Allow to set for awhile, then you are ready to use your back drop! Total Cost: $8! I don’t know whether you have priced out back drops before, but when I was looking, they were between $20-40 and were made of paper!
The second table top was made from a piece of unfinished wood paneling. The approximate size is 25″x48″. I didn’t save my receipt, but I know this board was under $10. I wanted a neutral table top that didn’t take a way from the items photographed. I didn’t want to stain it either, so I opted to seal it instead. I used some Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to make it less porous in case something spilled on it. I had a can of the wax, which I purchased for another project and paid $9.99 for it. First I wiped down the board with a cloth. Then I used a clean cloth to apply the wax. Scoop out some of the wax with your cloth. Gently rub it in a circular motion until the surfaced is completely and evenly covered. It slightly deepened the color of the wood as you can see in the second photo and is just perfect! If the edges of the wood are rough, use some 220 grit sand paper and a hand block to smooth them out. And that’s it! You’ve now created a “faux” table top/back drop for your photos!
You can also paint the reverse side of this board. Simply choose a color and either leave it alone or once dry, dilute some white paint and add a wash over it for a shabby chic look. And if you get tired of it, then paint it again! The possibilities are endless!