Awesome social media pictures don’t need to cost a lot of money or time. I’ve rounded up 5 cheap and easy backgrounds you can use for your flat – lay images. Making your images pop is easy! I use these backgrounds when I create images for this blog and to share my happy planner pages on Instagram.
#1 – White foam board
White foam board can be found at Target etc and is a cheap and easy white background. The board creates a great uniform surface and removes distractions.
I used it here when I highlighted summer essentials for a blog post.
Here is the white foam core board in action in my fancy studio…..
Tip – Need a space bigger than white foam core board. I’ve heard of LulaRoe consultants who attach white wrapping paper to a table. Cheap, easy and customizable.
#2 -Black foam board
While picking up your white foam core board grab a black one as well. Black provides a great contrast and can stand out in a sea of white backgrounds. I used it here to provide contrast so you could see the details of the diffuser.
I also like using it for my planner pages as the white pops off of the black.
Tip – Black foam core board can also make an excellent background for your images. Set it up perpendicular to your base and clutter disappears. See how it easily removed the distractions and improved my image.
#3 – Marble Contact Paper
Not everyone in social media has marble counter tops, they just take pictures like they do! It’s contact paper on foam! I used this background to highlight the book I’m obsessed with and what helped jumpstart my healthier lifestyle.
Learn how to make your own DIY marble background here.
Tip – And you don’t have to stop at marble contact paper, there are many other options. I love these on wood options on Amazon. (affiliate link)
#4 – Furniture
Have wood furniture or marble topped tables. Use these surfaces to lay out your product or planner pages. Bonus points if the furniture is already set up in front of a window for better lighting. The great part about using furniture is that it’s free and already around your house. So look at the pieces of furniture in your house with new eyes. Questions to ask yourself: Would the top make a good backdrop? Can I easily move it in front of a window? Is there a lot of junk on top? Play around with different furniture to see what you like.
While on vacation I used a tray table to grab this image above for a blog post. Looking at this you never would have known the remotes and newspaper were only a mere inches away.
Not sure what that funny shaped black sponge is check out the post how to use a blending sponge here.
#5 – Your Floor
I hesitate to mention this one, however, sometimes you have a really nice floor or are on vacation and need a quick setup as I used here to share my happy planner pages on Instagram.
However, Nordstrom would never display $100 worth of clothing on their dirty floor and ask me to buy it. So should you?