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DIY Photo Background Boards. Create better blog photos! | Spruce Rd.

DIY Photo Background Boards. Create better blog photos! | Spruce Rd.

Since I started blogging, I have realized the need for quality blog post graphics — whether through illustrations, typography or photography. One tip that has helped me with photography is to utilize interesting background textures. I have compiled a few easy + inexpensive solutions that have added depth to my photographs!

Side note: Even if you don’t have a great camera, these textures can add sophistication to your images. I typically use my Nikon DSLR, but for the purposes of this post graphic, I used my iPhone. Proof that you don’t need the fanciest equipment to get started!

DIY Photo Background Boards | Spruce Rd.

DIY Photo Background Boards | Spruce Rd.

Foam Board

When taking styled photographs for your blog, foam board is a necessary purchase! You can find foam board in various colors at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or your local art supply store. I recommend purchasing at least black and white. Not only do they provide a clean background for your photographs, but they also can be utilized as reflectors to bounce light off of. If you aren’t shooting down on your image, you could also use the foam board as a non-distracting vertical background.

If you don’t have the specific color foam board you desire, you can always follow my previous


for modifying the background of your photograph, if it was taken on white foam board. Good to keep in mind!

Spruce Rd. Business Card Design

Spruce Rd. Business Card Design

Contact Paper

One of my recent discoveries has been the use of contact paper to create background textures for styled photographs. I recently purchased

white marble contact paper

 for about $10, and applied it to the backside some foam board I already had. I have been on the hunt for white marble/granite texture for food photography, or other styled photographs, but struggled to find anything that was affordable + not too large or heavy! Through a friend’s recommendation in a twitter chat, I began using the marble contact paper, and have been thrilled with the results!

See it in use in my recent


photo below:

White marble contact paper photo background | Spruce Rd.

White marble contact paper photo background | Spruce Rd.


You don’t have to have a beautiful wood table, in order to have that nice wood grain as a texture in your photographs. You can purchase 3’ x 3’ pieces of wood from Lowe’s or Home Depot, that are only about 1/4” thick. They are pre-cut, and inexpensive! I like the raw wood color, but you could choose to stain or distress it if you prefer.


If you are searching for a wood paneled surface, I suggest purchasing wainscoting (about $10 at Lowe’s or Home Depot). The boards come in a few pieces that you can easily fit together. If you are feeling especially ambitious, you can purchase multiple boards and paint the set of boards different colors, distress them using Annie Sloan chalk paint, or stain the wood. The wainscoting comes in white or a natural wood color. It provides a great textured element to photo shoots, and is easy to store if you are limited on space.


When roaming through the home improvement store, I found several tiles that would be great for blog photo backgrounds. Did you know you can actually purchase single tiles for about $2? I purchased a large slate tile, that has become one of my favorite backgrounds for more moody photographs. The downside to the tiles is that they are fairly heavy, making it hard to move them around if needed.

There are many other options for photography backdrops. What has worked best for you? I would love to hear in the comments below!


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  1. Ilene

    I’m not sure what exactly to call it but your post heading picture, how do you make them? I find it difficult as a beginner to put pictures on my posts as I don’t always take a photo for what I am blogging about. I hope that makes sense.

  2. Anisha

    Wow, thanks for sharing! I always struggle with backgrounds so this post helps a lot.

  3. Crista

    I’m always looking for new photo background ideas, thanks!! I often times use a few pieces of old barnwood I stumbled upon but it makes every photo moody, so I need some new material!

    1. Jamie

      Old barnwood sounds so rustic + moody, I love it! I never know where to find resources like that, so I mentioned just a few that you can find at your local art or hardware store. I would love your insight to how you find your resources!

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  5. Jenell

    This is glorious! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been using a spare shelf from an Ikea cabinet I no longer have, but I must give this a try! lol 🙂

    1. Jamie

      You are absolutely welcome! I’m all about sharing my secrets, and what I discover along the way.

  6. Holly

    This was so helpful! I am just on the brink of shooting new portfolio pieces and I am trying to learn as much as I can about shooting + styling as possible! 🙂

    1. Jamie

      So glad this was helpful! Taking photos for your portfolio are challenging! Best of luck!

  7. Savanna

    Love this post, Jamie. White foam boards have been a god-send for me, but I didn’t even consider the contact paper thing! Definitely gonna go get some marble this weekend.

  8. Elliot

    Great post!

    1. Jamie


  9. Nora

    PERFECT. I was looking for a backdrop on Amazon for taking photos but now I’m going to just go get contact paper! Much cheaper and more options. Thank you 🙂

    1. Jamie

      Yay! I am still so excited about the contact paper discovery! It really works great for photo backdrops. Excited to see how you use it!

  10. Bernadette

    I never thought of background boards, thanks for the tip! Wood backgrounds are my favourite.

  11. Carmia

    This post is so timely! I’ve been thinking about getting a background board, but didn’t know where to start. Thank you so much for these tips. I never thought of using contact paper. Going to see what I have in the cupboard!

    1. Jamie

      So glad this post found you just in time! Always glad to share any resources that I come across!

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