Whether you take photos of food, small DIY projects, staging images for online sales, or just as a hobby, this Wooden DIY Photo Background will bring your photography game to the next level.
Since day one of blogging and photographing my projects, I’ve realized that I don’t have many spots in my home to take photos where they look appealing and professional. Most of my main floor doesn’t have very good natural lighting, and the upstairs is still a work in progress. To combat this, I turned one of our extra bedrooms into my craft room and photo studio. I had almost everything else I needed besides some natural, rustic textured backgrounds. So, of course, I made one! Just take a look what you can do!
And it wasn’t hard at all! It only takes some basic tools, a handful of supplies and about an hour worth of work. That’s well worth it when you can make a photos go from boring and uninspired to pretty and put-together! Take these thrifted distressed book ends for example… They look okay sitting on my kitchen counter, but they look so much better with simple styling and a purposeful background!
See how big of a difference a good background makes? The second one looks much better!
5 – 1×4 boards at 8 foot in length
1 1/4″ construction screws
Old rag or foam brush
To complete this project I bought five 1x4s at 8 feet in length. I decided to go with their super cheap boards that were only $1.83! Most of them were pretty beat up with a bunch of knots and unevenness, but that’s okay! The more rustic the better in my opinion!
I had the wood cut in store into ten 3 foot pieces, leaving five 2 foot scraps left over. You could take them home and cut them yourself if you want, I just can’t because the boards wouldn’t have fit in my car otherwise.
Once I was home, I laid them out to see how they would look once put together. Looks pretty nice if you ask me!
The left over 2 foot scraps worked perfect to act as braces behind the boards to screw the whole thing together. I only put one screw through each point, but two wouldn’t hurt depending on how large your background is. I’m not going to be transporting this backdrop anywhere, so it doesn’t need to be the most sturdy piece ever. If I was going to be traveling with this piece or moving it around for other people, I might have made the effort to make it more sound. But for a simple home studio, this works great.
Once that was all in one piece, I could stain it. I used one of my favorites, Espresso from Minwax. It’s a real dark brown that isn’t too orange or too gray. It’s the same stain I used on my guest bathroom’s industrial farmhouse shelves.
I just let that dry over night, and it was done! For now I only have this one color, but in the near future I plan on making plenty more and adding a whitewashed wood background, or even a natural wood tone to the collection. We’ll see!
Hands down, this is one of my favorite projects so far. It will be so useful and I’m really excited to take lots more pictures using this wooden photo background. If you want, you can check this background out in action with my Mexican Street Corn recipe or Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade. It really makes a photo!
Let me know what you think! Are you a photographer? Do you have anything you use for backgrounds? I’d love to hear how my fellow creative minds work!