DIY Photo Backdrops for Bloggers and Shop Owners

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When I started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Little did I know that I would have to turn into a tech geek, a writer, and a socialite, and a photographer. This blog started as a place for me to show off the things I wanted to buy and a few things that I was making aside from my Etsy shop. As I posted more of the things I was making, more and more people started stopping by and I realized that that is what I was passionate about. I was passionate about creating things and creating looks for myself. I had found my niche. Now I needed to get noticed in a sea of creative bloggers. That is when I realized that I needed to step it up in the photography game. Now keep in mind, my photography skills still have a long ways to go, but I love to teach as I learn. To see what I have learned about indoor photography, you can see that post here.
One way to make your photos look a lot more legit, is having some sort of a backdrop. I have made a few, and plan to make many more in the future. I wanted to share a few photo backdrops with you that are SO easy to make and super cheap too so they can easily be replaced.
DIY Photo Backdrops for bloggers and shop owners

First of all, I want to tell you that these backdrops are going to be best for bloggers and shop owners who sell online because they are small. They aren’t backdrops for photo shoots or photographing a table or anything, but they are great for small projects that are sometimes hard to photograph.
cheap photo backdrops
First of all, get yourself some foam core board. These make great backdrops. I use a plain white one when I want a plain white backdrop. I put on a counter right by a window so I get a lot of natural light when I am taking pictures and it makes for some pretty great pictures. I also love wrapping foam core boards in paper.
barn wood photo backdrop
Mustache Decal Valentine
Bulletin board paper is the BEST It isn’t shiny so it doesn’t glare in the pictures and you can find it in tons of different colors and styles. The barn wood roll is bulletin board paper. I found it at Hobby Lobby, but you can find it online too. Faux wood bulletin board paper
red photo backdrop
Sharpie Decorated Valentine Mailboxes
Wrapping paper can be a great resource too. Be careful not to get wrapping paper that is too shiny or else it will glare in your photos. When using wrapping paper, I usually will use it on a flat surface and have it be the base of my photo instead of the backdrop because I get less glare that way. The red wood grain backdrop is from some wrapping paper I got at Target.  Faux wood matte wrapping paper, here is another style.
wood grain wrapping paper
Speaking of wrapping paper I got at Target, I found this great brown wood grain wrapping paper in their dollar spot section a few months ago.
wood grain photo backdrop
Sometimes you find wrapping paper that would make great backdrops, but it is pretty shiny, so what you can do, is just be sure always keep that one as the base of your photo.
Also pictured above in the first shot, is a pile of white burlap. I think that using fabric can be a great, inexpensive way to get perfect backdrops too. Look in the clearance section of the fabric stores to find really cheap options too. I haven’t done many projects while using fabric as the backdrop, but I know that it can look really good! I can’t wait to try it.
Those are all of the backdrops that I currently have, but here are a few other ideas I have in mind…
#1 Paint foam core with chalkboard paint and write messages on it and maybe even my watermark in photos.
#2 Get a piece of white bead board.
#3 Buy a few pieces of wood flooring to have a beautiful faux hardwood floor as the base of my photo.
Do you have great backdrops that you use while photography projects or products? I would love to hear more!


  1. Awesome!! I love that first wood background you have! I never would have guessed it was paper and not real wood.

  2. Say what?! It’s just paper? Where on earth have I been? I’ve been wanting some prop boards but just could not commit to having a punch of wood in the my kitchen. You are SO dang smart. Now I have to find some of that paper or order it online… I’m sure there’s none within hours of me LOL.

  3. Say what?! It’s just paper? Where on earth have I been? I’ve been wanting some prop boards but just could not commit to having a punch of wood in the my kitchen. You are SO dang smart. Now I have to find some of that paper or order it online… I’m sure there’s none within hours of me LOL.

  4. Dagburnit – it ate my last comment. I just said I can’t believe you just use paper and all this time I’ve been wanting one but not wanting a bunch of wood in my kitchen. SO stinkin’ smart and handy. Loved this post.

  5. I found this on Pinterest! And I go to Target every week for general Target-needed items. This is a great idea. I don’t have products and I mostly take pictures of my kid, but I’ve really wanted to do still life photos and sometimes I just want a good pic on Instagram ya know?! Awesome tips. I can’t believe that wood is paper.

  6. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I’ve got to get me some paper. Oh yah I have a whole shopping cart full!!!

  7. I love this so much!

  8. Such great ideas! I need to look into the bulletin board paper, I love the the first wood grain one. Another excuse for a trip to Hobby Lobby, oh, the horror 🙂

    We’d love for you to share your posts at our Finished Friday Link-Ups!

  9. What a fantastic idea! I think that I’m actually going to snag a science board at my school so that I use your tipes and just fold it up C:

  10. Megan @ crafter club says:

    I too thought it was neat wood! Thanks for the tips Kenzie

  11. Megan @ crafter club says:

    I too thought it was actual neat wood! Thanks for sharing Kenzie

  12. I have used scrapbook paper before but hadn’t thought about wrapping paper. Good idea!

  13. These are amazing ideas! I’ve been using an old shutter that I found in the alley many moons ago, but I really do need to mix things up with some different backdrops. And I love that I can easily take it outside to capture natural light. Always makes my photos so, so much better!

    I’m pinning and FB sharing! Thanks for the amazing inspiration! I’ll be sure to check out your photography tips post too. I’m still new at this and am experimenting with my new camera …

    🙂 Linda

  14. Great ideas! I never thought of the foam board-it would be perfect. I’m going to have to go get some! 🙂

  15. i already have foam board for the white backdrops, but i think it’s a great idea to use the wrapping paper over it too. thanks for sharing!
    – Lora

  16. Love that wood paper- thanks for the tip! I was going to DIY a wood board one, but I will look for this paper instead!

  17. Great tips on backdrops. As a food blogger I am always looking for and new ways to create interesting backdrops in my photos. Thanks for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party!

  18. This is a great idea – thanks!

  19. Hi McKenzie! Thanks for these great tips for better backgrounds. By ‘divine intervention’ I had purchased some of that white wood bulletin board paper at Michaels not knowing how great it really looked when it was unrolled. It really saved me when I was trying to get one more Christmas project done at the last minute before company came through the door. (
    I would not have thought to use it as a background but now I’m gonna save the board for photo shoots. I saw your post over at “Or So She Says”.

  20. LOVE these ideas especially, the Valentine’s mailboxes. Precious. Newest follower from SITS 🙂 Looking forward to your updates. I’d love for you to stop by my blog and say hi if you get the chance. Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!

    Diary of a Debutante

  21. Visiting from Classy Clutter…love these tips! I’ve learned a ton about photography, as you have, just through blogging and taking photos of my products. It is so funny to think back to my approach when I first started out…lets just say my pictures were horrible, haha! =)

    I’m headed over to check out your Etsy shop, and I’d love if you’d check out mine, too! Thanks! =)


  22. this is helpful, pictures are another area i am trying to perfect right now- thanks a bunch
    cheers, kelly from for {Vanessa craft}

  23. Visiting from Classy Clutter – great great ideas for back drops – glad I came by!
    Your newest follower – would love to have you follow back when you have the
    time 🙂

  24. Nice tips. I posted on the same as a guest post last friday too! Check it out here

  25. Cute ideas! I love that it’s inexpensive and allows for a variety without breaking the bank. And so easy to put together! Thanks!

  26. Tina from A Few Pretty Things says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  27. These are fabulous ides!! Thanks so much for sharing !!

  28. I need to do this! I’m new to blogging, and the photography part is definitely the most challenging. 🙂

  29. Carolina Moore says:

    ooh! I love the idea of painting the foamcore with chalkboard paint! So smart!

  30. Stopping by from SNAP! I love all your ideas, currently I use the white foam board but it’s naked! Thanks for the tips on dressing it up.

  31. Stopping by from DIY Dreamer. This is a fabulous post. I’ve been wondering what to do to dress up some of the photos for the blog, especially the ones taken of smaller items. I never thought of using something specific just for the backgrounds. I’m a new RSS follower.

  32. Great tips! I just got a new camera so these will be a great way to step up my photos!

  33. Brilliant! This is always my dilemma in photographing things for my blog… that background is never quite right. I love the ones you’ve come up with! Thanks for sharing!

  34. LOVE this post!! Thanks for sharing! Pinning 😉


  35. Great ideas!

  36. Sharing on FB and pinnig! Thank you for visiting our party!

  37. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  38. sew sweet vintage says:
  39. I love your suggestions! I have made something similar, but I really like the wood grain idea 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  40. Wow! So simple and so great. I love the red!

    Ashley @ Forgetful Momma

  41. I have a white foam core board and my only other backdrop is made from scraps of tongue and groove. I painted one side white and stained the other side. I usually go with the white side though.

    Now I need to keep my eyes open for wrapping paper.

    I also sometimes use fabric.

  42. Great ideas! I didn’t even know there was something called “bulletin board paper”! I am heading to Hobby Lobby with my sister today. Now I have an actual REASON to go!

  43. Featured you tonight at Monday Funday McKenzie!!

  44. Great Ideas, Thanks!

  45. Made From Pinterest says:

    I will totally be using this advice! Thanks. Sherri

  46. Thanks for the tips! Love it! And I am a new follower. Love your site. 🙂

  47. Jenny Piirto says:

    great post! Saw your feature at Home Stories A to Z. I want to find that barn wood paper…I already have the brown “woodgrain” one from Target. Love! Thanks for the tip

  48. Paula Parrish says:

    Great Post! I am always on the lookout for new photo backdrops. The bulletin board paper is a cool idea, and the foam board with chalkboard paint. I purchased a small box of tiles from Lowes, and I use them as a base to my photos. ;o)

  49. Athena at Minervas Garden says:

    Fantastic ideas–thank you so much for sharing them with us!

  50. Genius!! Thanks for sharing your tips! 🙂
    So glad you linked up at Artsy Corner. Always love seeing what you come up with!

  51. oh my goodness, LOVE this, I have white foam core, but need to dress up a few pieces!

  52. Great tips!! Thanks so much for sharing

  53. These tips have been so helpful for my blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

  54. Oh my goodness…these are great!! Speaking of wrapping paper…my dad takes all the pictures for my products on my website,, and he uses white wrapping paper for the backdrop. You should check it out!! I love the effect of wrapping paper. Who knew?


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