This little space of mine is definitely a work-in-progress. I learn things every day that I use to make my posts better. Today, my focus is on photography backdrops. I am not talking about the family portrait backdrops. I am talking about the small project backdrops. You know, the ones that need a solid background to make them stand out.
It is something I have been battling for some time now and finally addressed. I have moved projects all over my house trying to get a spot that had enough light and had a background that didn’t interfere with the results of my hard work. A lot of my projects have been photographed on my kitchen floors. But, now I have created a little backdrop to use.
And, let me start by saying I was attempting to complete this small task with the least amount of cash possible. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I wanted to make sure I could slide it under or behind my office bookcase when I wasn’t using it.
For this project, I used:
- 1 – tri-fold poster board
- 1 – foam poster board
- 1 – yard of white fabric
- spray adhesive
Step 1: Iron the fabric.
You want to make sure you remove as many wrinkles in the fabric as possible before beginning. So, I recommend doing a little ironing to help with the process. I tried using the wrinkle release spray, but it didn’t work very well (even though it works on most of my clothes). This meant I had to break down and get out my iron. I am surprised it didn’t have dust all over it because it doesn’t get used very often. Have I mentioned ironing is one of my least favorite household chores?!?!
Step 2: Spray adhesive & attach fabric to the tri-fold poster board.
This step will take some patience. The wonderful thing about using spray adhesive is that you can peel the fabric back up and re-apply if you mess up.
Step 3: Smooth out the bumps & wrinkles.
Patience is the key on this step too! I had to apply the fabric, pull it back up piece by piece, and re-apply it several times. I would get it almost perfect and then I would notice a bubble in the center.
Step 4: Let it dry.
After I attached the fabric to the front of the tri-fold poster board, I left it overnight to dry. I didn’t wrap the side pieces or anything. I wanted to ensure the front was perfect before starting on the back.
Step 5: Wrap the fabric around the corners & sides.
After letting the board dry for at least 18 hours (you definitely don’t have to wait that long), I turned it over, applied a thin coat of spray adhesive to the edges, folded the extra fabric over, and attached it to the back of the board.
It should look like a nice folded package now… Well, kinda!
Step 6: Set up your new backdrop.
Make sure you choose a location that has a nice amount of light. That is something I have learned throughout this whole blogging process. Sometimes, creating light is extremely difficult. Just do the best you can!
I used the foam poster board as the backdrop floor and the tri-fold board as my vertical sides.
Step 7: Have fun & take some AWESOME pictures.
Once again, my cat has decided she is going to be involved in my photos. Can you tell she is nosey and a camera ham?!?!
And, some pictures of the item I actually PLANNED on photographing. Sorry, Bella!
The solid background makes a huge difference! And, I accomplished this goal without spending $10.00. I will mark this one as a success!
- Foam poster board – $1.50
- Tri-fold poster board – $2.80
- White fabric – $3.50
- Spray adhesive – already had at home