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March 5, 2019

DIY Styling Board for Flat Lay Photography Under $30

DIY styling board

Finally! The long awaited tutorial on DIY styling boards. Whether you’re a stationer, a foodie, a photographer, or just DIY fanatic, you will find this photo background tutorial perfect for your flat lay photographs.

The best part? You can make them for under $30.00

Doing these yourself allows you to control the colors, size and amount of movement in the texture. And let me tell you, they are nearly impossible to mess up. Like seriously, the thing is so forgiving, you can always fix it to your liking! Okay, so let’s get started. First things first: the materials.

What You Need

Plywood | Drywall Compound | Spackle Knife | Paint*

*you don’t need paint, but if you want to make different ones and add a little character to them I suggest getting little sample colors from Lowes or Home Depot.

But that’s it. That’s all you need to create a gorgeous flat lay styling board! Surprising, right?

DIY photography backdrop

Here’s How To Make It

  • Get out your plywood. I suggest using plywood vs. a canvas or foam board because they tend to warp once the drywall compound dries up and the paint settles. The plywood doesn’t so it’s perfect.
  • Take you spackle knife and plop a big blob or drywall compound in the middle.
  • Spread the drywall compound out to the edges of the plywood. Continue doing this until the entire piece of plywood is covered with the drywall compound.
    *This is where you can keep smoothing and scraping until you achieve a look you I enjoy a bit more texture on mine, so I make sure to leave some spots rough.
  • Let it dry for 24 hours
  • Paint it! You can paint it after it’s dry to get full coverage OR you can mix the paint in with the drywall compound. Just drizzle the paint over the drywall mixture after you put it on the plywood. When you spread it towards the edges the paint will mix and blend well.
  • Wait another 24 hours for the paint to finish drying & you’re finished!

That’s it! They are so easy, so inexpensive and a game changer when it comes to flat lay photography. If you use this tutorial to create your own styling boards, be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see it!

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Now go get a little messy and make the dang thing!

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