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Easy and Inexpensive DIY Photography Backdrops

How to make easy DIY, inexpensive photography backdrops.


Photography Backdrops | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: As many as you want
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An easy way to make photography backgrounds.

I enjoy all types of photography and I especially enjoy photographing books, foods, crafts, and beauty products. Backgrounds are one of those simple, yet important things to consider when showcasing the subject and enhancing the look of your photos.

I came across a video DIY Backdrops for Food Photography by Joanie Simon from The Bite Shot on YouTube and decided to give it a try.

It was a fun project and much easier than I thought it would be, so here is what you’ll need.



  • Wood boards, with long dimension (ask your local hardware store for any scraps or errors and keep in mind that a better quality wood will require less sanding)
  • Medium grit sand paper
  • Indoor/outdoor paint (any desired colors)
  • 2″ paint brush
  • Top coat, matte is preferred as it will be less reflective when photographing, but gloss is fine especially if you are planning to sand over the top of it


  1. Sand, paint, and spray with top coat as desired.

I made some with natural wood and staining, single-colored sides, and a few with a variety of vibrant colors roughly painted on and lightly sanded again for a more textured background.

Recipe for Sour Cream Pear Pie using a plain light blue background.

Sour Cream Pear Pie © 2019 | All rights reserved.

Book photography cherry-stained background with Watership Down by Richard Adams using vegetables from my garden for contrast.

Watership Down by Richard Adams © 2019 | All rights reserved.

Recipe for Maui Onion Avocado Toast with a white background, lightly sanded for a shabby chic, undone look.

Maui Onion Avocado Toast © 2018 | All rights reserved.

My crafts header using a light yellow background to compliment the matching tones of items in my craft supply flat lay.


Recipe for Macadamia Nut and Harvest Peach Pie Açaí Bowl using a blue hued, multi-tonal, dry brushed background to contrast with the peachy tones.

Macadamia Nut and Harvest Peach Pie Açaí Bowl © 2018

A simple light, grey background for my books header.


Natural wood for displaying the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette from my Summer 2019 Beauty Favorites – Makeup post.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette © 2019 | All rights reserved.

I was even inspired by the book cover of Midnight at the Blackbird Café. If you haven’t read this one, be sure to check it out!

Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber © 2019 | All rights reserved.

Let me know what backgrounds you have made for your photography in the comments below, I’d love to see! And be sure to check out food photographer, Joanie Simon she has so many helpful tips!

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