As I start doing more recipe posts I’ve found I’ve really enjoy the aspect of food photography. It’s taking a lot to keep me from buying lots of props, especially since we haven’t moved yet! But with that in mind I have wished I had some more food photography backgrounds to work with. Etsy has some beautiful print ones that you can buy, but they were more then I wanted to spend. And when it’s too expense to buy…I turn to DIY-ing.
I wanted to make some backgrounds for my food photography, ones that could be done on a budget. There are several tutorials on Pinterest using wood and paint that can give you a beautiful distressed finished for only the cost of wood and paint, but it requires a decent amount of time.
I only had about three toddler free hours.
The Craft Challenge
So how do you get that expensive table board and marble backgrounds without paying a ton? It’s actually easier than you think. All it takes is a trip to your local Lowes.
Vinyl flooring has come such a long way today. Vinyl planks can even act as a replace for hardwood (like the ones going in our farmhouse). And what’s great is that you can even get that realistic texture with peel and stick flooring.
Peel and stick vinyl flooring, beautiful appearance, fraction of the work. And a fraction of the cost. In my hometown Home Depot carried several options, but none that could be bought by the tile. Lowes on the other hand, let me buy by the tile! I found a matte white marble tile, a concrete styled tile and two separate wood finishes. All together I walked out with 12 pieces plus 2 pieces of 24” x 24” plywood for $32.95!
Assembling the Backgrounds
Putting together the food photography backgrounds was as simple as peeling and sticking. Since the concrete and marble tiles were 12” by 24” I didn’t have to do any trimming. Just peel and stick. The wood pieces I measured to the length I needed and then cut them using a pair of heavy duty shears. I’m sure a razor blade knife would work just as well if you don’t have a pair. I can tell you craft scissors were not enough.
There you have it! 4 backgrounds to use for photography at the cost of $8.24 a piece.