DIY Photography Backdrop with Texture for Food Blog

I think you AGREE with me that food photography depends a lot on the texture.

Still, it took me a while to figure out DIY photography backdrop texture. 😅

Bottom line? Food blog backdrops should be affordable for me. That’s why I I found TWO techniques to get some texture for my DIY food photography backgrounds. I’m sure there are many more. However, these are my favorites.

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My basic DIY food photography background

DIY photography backdrop obsession: TOO MANY?!

In every 3-4 months, I find myself making a new DIY backdrop 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.

Practical solution? 

STILL, I try to keep it as practical as possible. I don’t have a huge place where to keep all my CRAZY DIY photography backdrop collection. For that reason, I have a trick on my sleeve.

What’s your trick? Read my previous post about my TWO IN ONE photography backdrops here.

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#2 Techniques for DIY Photography Backdrop for Food Blog with Texture

#1 Option: Find already existing boards with texture + PAINT

My solution: Floor tiles with texture (more about this topic here). Yes, that’s the same blog post link that I told you before. 

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#2 Option: Become a “Building Laborer”

My solution: Filler

However, this time I used a little bit different technique that is cheaper than floor tiles. My secret hack & tips 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.

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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! 😅

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What did I use?
#1 MDF board vs Save Money

MDF + wood board, or the other side your existing backdrop. Be creative maybe you don’t need to spend money at all! 😉

#2 All-purpose filler

That’s right filler! Usually, they use that one for walls. You can choose whatever brand is available to you. Just 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.

#3 Card

A plastic card that I didn’t need anymore. (You can use special equipment such as drywall knife for that filler).

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#4 Paint: Black, white and grey.

How I choose my color palette? How I analyze my Instagram grid colors? Read here

#5 Mix it? Sponge

You can choose whatever sponge you like. I saw Bea Lubas used kitchen sponge as well. I have a little bit bigger one.

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How to guide for texture? My food blog DIY backdrops

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

1. Texture: FILLER

I covered my board with that filler + made some texture with my plastic card. (Imperfect is perfect! I need that texture for my photography).

2. DRY: Patience

I let it dry about 24 hours in a dry place. (Better to find a place where you can play around with your “chemicals”. Make sure you don’t ruin anything else & you follow Safety requirements”. My advice is to do it outdoors (not like me)).

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3. MIX COLORS: Back to school

I played around with my colors and used my sponge to mix the colors. Try to remember what you learned in school about mixing the colors (or search for Google help).

EXAMPLE: When I mixed grey & white, then I got a blue(ish) color. For my grey backdrop, I mixed grey and black to get a little bit darker grey as well.

Again, color palette post is here

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My final DIY backdrop & Paleo Almond Flour Apple Cake

4. DRY

I let it dry about 24 hours in a dry place.


I had “fun” with my new grey DIY backdrop and shoot an apple cake.


If this post was helpful, then please leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @healthylauracom or another platform. Let me know if you have any other great ideas for food photography backgrounds. It helps me to create better content & I know you would like to read more about this topic.

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