DIY Colorful Photo Backdrops

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: poster board, mini roller, paint

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!As much as I love the clean and simple aesthetic of the white backdrop, it seems that the smallest smudge can make it unusable. Which let’s face it, happens more often than not when crafting. Instead of recycling your less than perfect stash, try painting them to give them a new and colorful life!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!If you plan on painting multiple colors, I recommend lining your tray with aluminum foil so that you don’t have to get a new tray every time. You can use acrylic craft paint, I just chose to use the leftover paint I had from this planter project.

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!Roll on your paint and let dry. If you use a bristle brush, you’ll be able to see brushstrokes. If your poster board is really thin, the edges will curl up, so once the paint is dry, flip over and weigh the corners down with books. This should help controlling the curling a bit.

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!And that’s it! So fun, don’t you think? These are perfect to make if what you’re shooting is white or lightly colored (helps it really pop). But if you’re not into color for your photography, you can always give this DIY Wooden Backdrop a try!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!

Learn how to make colorful photo backdrops in only 10 minutes!

  • Love this! :) I’ve been meaning to paint some of my poster boards so I would have a variety of colors for backdrops. Thanks for showing me how easy it is to do! Have a great week. :)

    • Oh it’s so easy Jennie, you must give it a try! I’m even considering painting some white, just so I don’t have to toss them out all the time!

      • That’s a good idea (to paint some white!) How do you store your boards, by the way? We have an old flat file that I put mine in but they still get scraped up here and there. :/ I wouldn’t mind but those silly white boards are expensive!

        • Oh I wish I had a storage trick! Right now I’m just laying them flat in my office. I think you could get a long piece of tupperware (from the storage section at Target or something), and keep them save and clean in there! It could probably even fit under the bed or couch too.

          And with that, I’m off to go test it out!

  • So great! I always wondered how some of my favorite bloggers got their candy colored backdrops. Now I need to try one myself!

    • Thank you Haeley! And yeah you do! I know that wrapping paper also makes a great backdrop, though it cost a bit more than this option :)

  • I like subtle texture from the roller that comes through in the larger photos.

    I’m curious what color the pink is? I meant to ask when you posted the cute planters.

    • Oh yes, me too! It’s subtle but nice. I only did one coat, so if you were looking to not have that in for some reason, I recommend just applying another coat of paint.

      And the pink is Deco Rose from Benjamin Moore!

  • Carrie Waller

    So genius! I love this idea!!

    • Why thank you Carrie! I need to make a really large white backdrop soon too (will probably just paint wood!).

  • Ashley Lloyd

    So smart! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!!