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Easy and Inexpensive DIY Photography Backdrops

Photography Backdrops | Erica Robbin

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  • 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.


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Ingredients

    PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS:
  • 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

Directions

    PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROPS:
  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 ericarobbin.com | 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 ericarobbin.com | 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 ericarobbin.com | All rights reserved.

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

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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 ericarobbin.com

A simple light, grey background for my books header.

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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 ericarobbin.com | 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 ericarobbin.com | 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!

Photograpy Backdrop
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Bee Terra Cotta Flower Pot

Bee Terra Cotta Flower Pot | Erica Robbin

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  • Difficulty: Easy
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Add some joyful buzz to your garden!

Garden season is upon us and I’m excited to share one of the many ways you can celebrate. Whether you have a full-sized plot or are just looking to decorate your home, here is a craft that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face when you go to water.

Tomorrow is National Gardening Day so be sure to check out the link for more ideas as to how you can observe the day and get started with your fun and beautiful garden.


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Ingredients

    BEE TERRA COTTA FLOWER POT:

  • Terra cotta pots
  • Indoor/outdoor craft paint (yellow, black, white)
  • 1″ paint or sponge brush
  • Fine detail paint brush
  • Blue painter’s or masking tape
  • Clear glaze sealant (I like Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze)

Directions

    BEE TERRA COTTA FLOWER POT:

  1. Section fifths with tape and paint bee stripes accordingly. It make take a few coats to achieve complete opaqueness.
  2. Paint cute eyes for a little character.
  3. Seal with a light coat of glaze.

And a few other styles…
Painted Terra Cotta Flower Pots © 2019 ericarobbin.com | All rights reserved.

 

Let me know if you make one of these and what kind flowers or plant you decided to plant in it!

Bee Terra Cotta Flower Pot © 2019 ericarobbin.com | All rights reserved.

 

*Some links may be affiliates which means I may earn a small commission when you make a purchase using them at no additional cost to you. If you choose to use them I would like to say thank you and I appreciate the support!