So I’ve been posting a little about photography lately. In my post about photography setups I talked about the importance of having “pretty backdrops”. The thing is… pretty backdrops come with a big price tag. When I first started blogging I used a simple white poster board… then I switched to using vinyl backdrops… now I’m switching over to ONLY USING REAL WOOD!!
Let me tell you why. The pros to vinyl is that they are relatively cheap and come in lots of different styles, perfect for those like me who are on a TIGHT budget. The con is that they totally look fake, the quality of the images that are printed onto the vinyl is low and it transforms a good picture into looking low quality as well.
So in my quest to switch over to all real wood, I have been researching cheap ways to make photography backdrops (cause um I can’t afford to buy them…). The cheapest method that I’ve found so far is using wood paneling from Home Depot that snaps together. It was super cheap ($10) for a pack of the paneling and was enough to make 2 double sided backdrops…. pretty good if you ask me.
The other great thing about this method is that it’s easy. All you need to make the backdrops (besides the wood) is wood glue and paint… no nails or other scary things needed!
- Wood panels (one pack makes 2 double sided backdrops)
- Wood Glue
- Stain (optional)
- Pieces of wood (to go across the panels and hold them together)
- Cut the panels of wood to the length desired. I cut mine in half.
- Attach the wood panels together
- Glue a small piece of wood perpendicular to the panels at either end
- Allow to dry.
- Paint and distress as needed. For mine I stained one side of the board, painted it with white paint, and then sanded off a lot of the white paint. For the other side I applied a white wash by using some watered down white paint.