20 fantastic DIY photography backdrops & backgrounds

When I want new portraits of my kids, I never head to the photography studio. Instead, I head to the kitchen or front room, where I get great window light. I’m willing to spend a lot more time than most photographers would with my kids to get just the photo I want, and I often photograph them right in front of a blank wall for an easy background. This can get old pretty quickly, though, so I’ve collected 20 different options for easy DIY photography backgrounds you can use in your home. Here they are:
20 best DIY photography backdrops and backgrounds
Pull up a wall If you have some empty space on a wall try one of these options for a super-simple background:
1. This DIY ombre backdrop tutorial from For the Love Of… shows you how to create a lovely color filled background using plastic tablecloths:
easy make your own photography background
2. Use doilies in different colors to make a background like this one from Sarah Hearts:
make your own photo background
3. Get a fun vintage feel in no time with this book paper backdrop by The Blue Eyed Owl:
DIY photo backdrop
4. I’ve used fabric for a backdrop before, usually clamping it to something to try to keep the winkles to a minimum. This idea by Young House Love is genius – tape fabric right to the wall! You’ll want to check out her completely awesome 52 weeks of photos collage as well.
20 best DIY photography backgrounds
5. Ballons, anyone? How perfect would this backdrop by Momtog be for birthday photos?
balloons as DIY photo backdrop
6. It probably doesn’t get much easier than this fun and color customizeable streamer backdrop by Lovely Indeed:
DIY photography backdrop
7. Another take on a streamer backdrop, this time with a geometric twist by Ruffled Blog:
easy DIY photography background
8. Learn how to make these pretty flowers for a backdrop from Lovely Indeed:
DIY photography backdrop
Hang it up vWhen you want a reusable backdrop, fabric or paper on a roll and a DIY stand is a good choice. Check out these tutorials for more info:
9. Fabric hung from a curtain rod and completed with trim at the bottom by The Farmer’s Nest:
20 best photography backgrounds
10. Use a few yards of black stretch velvet for the perfect black background (plus tips on using your garage as a photo studio) by yours truly:
make your own fabric photography backdrop in your garage
11. Build a PVC backdrop stand with these instructions from Dandelions on the Wall:
build your own photography background stand
13. Another PVC backdrop stand with floor ideas as well from Easy Peasy Pie:
DIY photography background
14. This clever setup from Mrs. Beach Bride allows you to use fun patterned wrapping paper as a photography backdrop:
easy hanging DIY photo background
15. This pink background is gorgeous, right? Click over to I Heart Faces to see how incredibly easy it was:
20 best DIY photography backdrops
Build it If you’d like to build a small background you can use over and over again without the hassle of hanging anything up, try one of these options:
16. 4’x4′ backdrop boards that store easily against a wall and can be painted any color (each board can be a different color on each side) for about $10 from It’s Always Autumn:
make your own photography backdrop
17. Here’s a similar tutorial from Welcome to the Mouse House that includes background board and floor board:
DIY photo backdrop
18. If you’re interested in a little more involved project that gives a stunning result, Bree Franklin Photography has a tutorial for a gorgeous planked wall and floor you can make for under $100 here (you’ll have to click over to see how beautiful it is).
19. For a cheap and easy planked backdrop, scroll to the bottom of this post here on It’s Always Autumn.
20. Click over to this post for more ideas on finding a better background in and around your home (then check out the rest of the 8 steps to better photos on AUTO series).

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    [email protected] says

    These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I will take all the pointers I can get on taking better baby pics! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts!

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    Angela says

    Oh, my goodness…Thank you so much for these ideas, you’re going to save me a fortune since I spend about $70 each for the backdrops I use in my photo shoots. I have to try some of them myself. I am just not a crafty person, but some of them are so easy to make!
    Angela Butler – Clarksville, TN Photographer

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      autumn says

      I actually don’t make these for others, Cecelia, but thanks for asking. Many are quite simple, so I’m sure you’d have no trouble making your own!

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    I love these photo booth backdrop ideas. The balloon one looks like a lot of fun. I just need a party to throw a party now to have an excuse to try some of these out. Thanks for sharing.

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    I have used a piece of drywall that I paint over and over again- and in this photo- I painted it to go along with the them that the father painted in his daughter’s room, and then made tissue flowers to go on the drywall.

    I also use a piece of material that I purchased at Wal-mart that is actually like a piece of tablecloth and it is pictured in the background here…

    Other ideas- I have went to the local carpet store- they have given me scrap pieces of carpet and flooring which I use as background and flooring- – – freebies are always great! 🙂 And they work just fine! Just use a clamp to attach to the backdrop stand.

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    Found your site on Pinterest. Love the backdrop ideas! I’m definitely going to try some of these ideas. The balloons idea is sooo adorable. The fabric hung from a rod is awesome! Thanks for sharing your ideas.


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    AUDREY says

    Shower curtains make awesome backdrops as well. I have found many designs at my local thrift store. Great backgrounds for under $20

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    I found your this post while searching for some related information on blog search…Its a good post..keep posting and update the information.


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