If you post recipes on your blog, you’ll eventually want some options for your food photography backgrounds besides your kitchen table. I was in need of some new backgrounds myself, so I decided to show you how to make your own backgrounds for food photography!
This is a super frugal DIY – just $10 for two backgrounds. And the best part is that this is completely customized to your tastes, so you can choose any style you’d like.
What You Need:
- (1) 2×2 ft. Square Piece of Lauan Plywood: Cost: $3.63
- (2) 6 inch x 48 inch Peel and Stick Vinyl Wood Plank – Cost: $4.72)
- (1) 18×18 Vinyl Tile – Cost: $1.98
Total Cost: $10.33
You can use any plywood you’d like – just make sure it’s relatively smooth to avoid splinters!
I opted for a single tile for the backside of the board. But feel free to use the planks on both sides of the board if you find two styles you like!
Also, just totally ignore the knife in the picture above. It didn’t work very well and I had to improvise with kitchen scissors and eyeliner (it’s easy to wipe off). Yep – I like to keep things super professional around here! 😉
Line up the vinyl plank with one edge of the plywood and lay the plank on top of the board. Make a straight line across the edge. Use a scissor to trim the vinyl plank to size.
You’ll be using the entire piece of the vinyl plank, so try not to take too much length off of one side.
Line up the cut vinyl with the edge of the board and slowly peel off the backing to expose the adhesive side. Firmly smooth the plank down with one hand as you go to make sure the adhesive sticks well.
This is not easy to re-position because you’ll yank up pieces of the plywood if you try to move the plank, so keep things slow and accurate.
Now you’ll repeat that process until the plywood is completely covered. I cut two vinyl planks in half and adhered them to the board to make my food photography background – super simple!
If you look at the bottom edge, you’ll see that my cuts are pretty off – but that’s okay. When taking your photos, the edges don’t make it into the picture. So as long as the middle of the background is straight and accurate, you’re good to go!
And here’s a picture of our lunch just to demonstrate what the photography background would look like in use.
Here’s what the set up actually looks like in person. See? No one will see the uneven edges but you, so it isn’t a huge deal.
For my second food photography background, I flipped the board over and stuck a piece of vinyl tile onto the back. Because I was only working with one tile here, I adhered it to the center in order to prevent an uneven/wobbly surface when working with the wood plank side (because this side would technically be the bottom when using the other background).
And here’s what it looks like in use. I definitely would’ve preferred a larger tile, but 18×18 was the largest one available and it still works just fine. You can use any style of vinyl – so get as creative as you’d like! I just recommend opting for a relatively matte surface.
Even if you’re just starting out with your blog, I highly recommend making your own DIY food photography backgrounds. It’ll help you simplify your pictures – and a clean background and a couple of other inexpensive tweaks will help you improve the quality of your photos even if you’re taking pictures with your smart phone!