Improve your blog photos with this easy to make 2 sided backdrop - Lil Mrs. Tori

My blogging friends! This post is for you!

Doesn’t it seem like the majority of bloggers have really interesting tables, counters, or floors that they photograph their latest project on? Yeah. Me too. The chances are high they are using a backdrop.

I am always looking for different surfaces to photograph my crafts on.  If I am going to take the time to craft
my project and then blog about it….my photo needs to look great!  I have a few canvas backdrops but I wanted something that had depth to it.  I often find those backdrops can show up flat in photos.  So, I decided to make this wooden plank/chalkboard backdrop.  It wasn’t too tough and I spent under $20 to make it! Score!

I am not a big power tool gal. In fact, all I used for this project was a box cutter. Just my speed.

Here is what you need:

6 – 4′ x 2′ Poplar Hobby Board (found at Home Depot)

1 – 2ft x 4ft – MDF board

Box cutter // Wood Glue // Stain// Chalkboard Paint // Brush


You will want to measure your MDF board. I placed all 5 of my poplar boards out then traced them.


Using your box cutter, cut the board following the lines you traced.


Pick out your favorite stain and stain your poplar boards.  I choose Sun bleached. It was what I had on hand.


Paint one side of your MDF with chalkboard paint.


Glue your planks on the board. I wanted my boards spaced out just a tad.


Let your planks dry overnight. You can also clean up any rough edges with the box cutter.

That is all there is to it!  Here are some blog photos where I have used my new backdrop.


Mason Jar Pencil Holder

The white background is just a white poster board.


See…up close you can’t even see the board underneath.

Hexagon Art

Here is a photo where I propped up the chalkboard side behind the project.




I love my new backdrop and because I like to keep it real. Here is what it really looks like when I am photographing my projects.


Nothing very glamorous about that!! My house looks like a toy bomb went off pretty much 99% of the time. You will never see that in my photos. I clear it all out of the picture or it gets cropped! Sneaky, I know.  Hope this tutorial helps you improve your blog photos!!