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I’m taking a break today from the usual sugar laden posts to offer up this step by step tutorial for you to make your own food photography wood boards- they are so easy to make! I couldn’t wait to share this tutorial with you!
I mean it’s January after all and that means we are all usually trying to cut back on our sugar and increasing our gym time anyways right? So why not a fun little food blog project how to instead? I figured you (or maybe your hips) wouldn’t mind the detour 🙂 I know mine thanked me.
So I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make these awesome (faux) wood photography boards. I have had my eye on some really beautiful wood boards on Etsy for some time, but the budget especially during Christmas just wasn’t going to allow for it. And then I got to thinking, there has go to be a cheaper way right?
I have read many tutorials out there to make your own wood boards, and believe me I’ve tried a few myself. But they all involved wood boards, and sometimes even some fancy schmancy hardware and tools for putting them together. And my issue with them all was they didn’t have that beautiful distressed weathered look I was going for. So what is a girl to do who is on a budget?
Faux. Wood. Boards.
This project will take you about an hour tops.
For these wood food photography backdrops you will need:
- Some sort of towel, newspaper or I used a pizza box (unused mind you) to put down first so you don’t damage your actual wood floors.
- Spray adhesive like this one. I bought mine originally at Target.
- Foam boards (I actually had some old ones that I was using, that I thought could be repurposed) but they can easily be found at any craft store or even the art section of a Wal-mart or Target. I used two boards total and simply flipped them over to make each board double-sided.
- X-acto Knife
- Ella Bella photography paper – I purchased Rustic Wood, Sable Wood, Vintage Wood, and White Washed Wood (my personal fav!) What’s great about this paper, is you can buy one roll each or they also offer up the 4-assorted wood designs as a package deal. Awesome sauce.
Here is an example of the finished product…
The key to making these boards? This photography paper from Ella Bella. I actually bought this paper awhile back, but just took me a New Year boost and a few days off from work to get me motivated. I seriously thought this paper was going to be tricky to use. And, let me tell you friends, I was beyond pleasantly surprised.
I purchased Rustic Wood, Sable Wood, Vintage Wood, and White Washed Wood – Yea, I’m not the best decision maker and my Amazon cart is always proof of it. What’s great about this paper, is you can buy one roll each or like I mentioned they also offer up the 4-assorted wood designs as a package deal. Awesome sauce.
Ok let’s get started shall we! First start by putting down that pizza box, newspaper or towel (make sure it’s a towel you don’t want to use again) on your floor to protect your floors. And then place your foam board on top.
Then spray evenly and lightly with the spray adhesive on one side of your foam board.
Then roll out the Ella Bella Photography paper and lay the paper over the foam board, smoothing out the surface.
Then trim the edges using an X-acto knife. To get perfect edges, I first do a rough cut around the edges, then flip the board over to trim the edges perfectly.
And there you go! A faux wood photography board! How easy was that? I decided to flip each board over and then repeat the same steps. In the end, I used 4 different kinds of paper and 2 boards, for 4 total wood photography boards. And the best part with this paper is, if a board ever gets ruined I have plenty leftover to make more!
So after I made them I got super excited to try them out…hence the potatoes. It was the closest thing I could grab from my kitchen 🙂 probably one of the last times you’ll be seeing potatoes on this site! The boards on the other hand, you are going to be seeing a lot of this year!
So there you go a fun (calorie free) project for you! Happy New Year everyone!
Update: After using my boards for a bit, just be careful and aware that these boards are paper after all. The paper can pick up stains and grease quite easily and ruin your surface. Be sure to have napkins and/or plates down first and wipe clean with a dry towel. If you do happen to stain your board, as I have done already!- you should have plenty of paper on your roll left to make another one. So store your leftover photography paper carefully!
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