My DIY Backdrop for Food Photography

My cheap DIY backdrops for my food photography. The secret sauce for that background texture is easier than you think. You might already have all the things you need for your perfect food photography & styling backdrop.

In every 3-4 months, I find myself making new backdrops for my food photography & styling. It’s almost like my weird obsession. I’m like a little kid who loves to play around with colors. It’s so relaxing and fun. Also, if you have missed my older blog post about my food photography backgrounds, then you can read that one here.

Usually, I use floor tiles and paint for my backgrounds, but this time I used a little bit different technique that is cheaper than floor tiles. The secret ingredient is a FILLER (it’s meant to be for walls)! Yes, I went to my local construction store and got my hands on that one since it’s a secret sauce for my backdrop texture. However, before you buy anything make sure that you go to your basement or garage. You might already have everything you need for your dream board! 😅

What did I use for my cheap DIY backdrop?

  • MDF board – you can use some wood board, or the other side your existing backdrop. Be creative maybe you don’t need to spend money at all! 😉
  • All-purpose filler – Usually they use that one for walls. You can choose whatever brand is available to you and ask from your local store or friend who knows all about construction work. I’m obviously not an expert on that one. 😅 (The only reason I share the link for that filler is that I got many questions about that one. However, since I live in Estonia, then I’m quite sure that most of you can’t buy the same one. Because of that, I searched for something similar so that you could get an idea what I used.) 
  • A plastic card that I didn’t need anymore. (You can use special equipment such as drywall knife for that filler).
  • Paint – I like to mix different colors such as black, white and grey.
  • Sponge to mix the colors. (You can choose whatever sponge you like. I saw Bea Lubas used kitchen sponge as well. I have a little bit bigger one).

How did I make my backdrop?

(Check out my video on Instagram (IGTV) where I show you how I made it)

  1. I covered my board with that filler and made some texture with my plastic card until I was happy with the results. (Imperfect is perfect! I need that texture for my photography).
  2. I let it dry about 24 hours in a dry place. (If you are going to make this kind of board, then it’s better to find a place where you can play around with your “chemicals”. Make sure you don’t ruin anything else. It’s probably better to do it outside but this time I didn’t).
  3. I played around with my colors and used my sponge to mix the colors. If you are going to make your board, then try to remember what you learned in school about mixing the colors. If you don’t remember, then you always got Google, right?! For example, when I mixed grey and white, then I got a little bit bluish color. For my grey backdrop, I mixed grey and black to get a little bit darker grey as well.
  4. I let it dry about 24 hours in a dry place.
  5. I had “fun” with my new backdrop and shoot an apple cake.

If you use this technique, then please leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @healthylauracom or another platform.

Btw, I started doing some more food photography behind the scenes videos on Instagram (IGTV). So, if you would like to see how I shoot the images below, then click here.

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