This project was so easy I just had to share!
I was in desperate need of a backdrop for my blog photography — mostly for recipes. You should have seen the look on hubby’s face when I would say “Dinner is ready, but I have to search the house for something to make a backdrop out of and take pictures of it before you can eat it.” What?!?
To start off, I knew that I just needed two pieces of some sort of flat, sturdy material, cover said material with something and then find a way to attach the two.
I started out with the idea to use two pieces of thin plywood covered in peel and stick tiles held together with hinges. But honestly, that sounded like something bulky that would be a pain to store. Then I thought, why bother with wood? — foam core will work just as well. I picked up a 3-pack of 16″ x 20″ foam board from Target for around $2.
Once I decided I was going to use foam core, I had to decide what to cover it with. On a trip to the Dollar Tree, I got my answer — a $1 roll of contact paper! They had two wood grain options – a light and a dark – but I went with the dark. I only needed one roll to cover the two pieces of foam board I would be using.
Looking back, I should have also bought my foam board at the Dollar Tree. The regular size sheets are 2 for $1.
To hold the pieces together, I just used some duct tape which I’ve already got a ton of. Easy enough!
So, here are my supplies for a grand total of about $3:
First step, cover two pieces of the foam board in contact paper. Wrap the edges to get a clean edge. I cut the corners when wrapping the edges to eliminate bulk.
Before you seal the last edge, turn it over and rub out all the air bubbles, if necessary.
Next, place the pieces of foam board facing each other and secure the edge with duct tape. I used a couple of pieces to ensure a tight seal.
And…. done! Here it is in all it’s glory…
And here it is used as a backdrop…
This is really going to help me with my pictures. No more searching the house for something to use in the background!
I’m planning on using it for my blog, but I could also see this as a big help if you have an Etsy store.