I am really getting into photography for the recipes I make, reciews, crafts, DIY projects and more – and wanted a great way to showcase that work so that it looks nice and professional. At a conference I went to recently they had beautiful wooden photography background/platforms that I fell in love with, but didn’t want to afford (even though they were less than $50, still was to much for me), so I came home and enlisted my husband for an afternoon project. He helped me with my DIY Wood Photo Background – Platform project and they turned out amazing! We made two for less than $10!
DIY Wood Photo Background – Platform
(See how pretty it is as a background!!!)
We were able to get a bunch of wood for free from someone who had just taken down an old fence (I will be honest, and tell you that it is my favorite). Then we went to Lowe’s and got some nice smooth new wood for a couple bucks (on the clearance cart) and we also made one from that. I am going to stain it with a dark cherrywood stain (if I can ever find the can) and it will also look fabulous.
We measure it at about 30 inches long and cut four of the older boards (because they were wider) and then 5 of the newer boards. We used 2×3 (or something similar) for the two boards that go across the back to secure it to and then just one screw in each board to hold it to the back board.
Our dog thought it was great and had to “help” dad with everything. He also loved photo bombing all of the pictures. lol. You can see how we lined up the boards on top of the back boards and just put one screw into each side, doing one board at a time (not one side all the way down), this way it was even.
Overall the project was fairly simple (something I could have done myself, but enjoyed having my “honey” do it for me since he was faster and did a better job that I probably would have. We put the back boards all the way to the edges so that the screws would be in the pictures in the middle of the platform. You could go from behind, but the top board we got wasn’t thick enough to support it that way, it would have cracked. The same with the old wood, it just wasn’t sturdy enough.
I am really pleased with how our DIY Wood Photo Background – Platform turned out. It is really beautiful, and you will see it a lot in my future posts. If you try this, I would love to see how they turn out!