Easy DIY Faux Wood Photo Backdrop

I love the look of wood backgrounds in photos, but if you don’t own expensive wood furniture, it’s a look that’s difficult to replicate. I found an alternative in this DIY faux wood photo backdrop idea. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive and I’m thrilled at how well it’s working.

The MamaZone: Easy DIY Photo Backdrop

I realize it’s a break from our norm, in that it might not make mama’s life easier. It will, however, make your blog photos and Instagram posts stand out from the crowd. Ready for the tutorial? Don’t blink, because when I say it’s “quick,” I mean just that!

EASY Do-it-Yourself Faux Wood Photo Backdrop

Supplies for Your DIY Wood Backdrop

  • Peel & Stick Faux Wood Vinyl Tile – Here, I’ve used Style Selections 6-in x 36-in Driftwood/Gray Peel-And-Stick Rustic Vinyl Plank from Lowes. They were a whopping .98¢ each.
  • Tri-fold Presentation Board (or other large piece of cardboard) – I used one from the Dollar Store for this one, but next time, I’ll spend the big bucks at Target for one of the thicker versions.
  • Craft knife – The sharper the better. You’ll be cutting through your cardboard.

Instructions for “Building” Your Wood Backdrop

  • Peel and stick.  😛 

Actually, before you peel and stick…

  • Lay your tile out and make sure it’s straight.
  • When you’re satisfied with the placement, go ahead and peel and stick!
  • Use your blade to cut off any excess cardboard. Cut close to the edge of the tile, but be careful not to cut the tile.

The MamaZone: DIY Faux Wood Photo Backdrop Tutorial

I suggest you store your new wood backdrop flat, as the tile is too heavy for the board to withstand being stored upright. If you notice the tile peeling, grab some heavy duty adhesive spray and secure it again.

I’ve used my new backdrop in a number of recent posts and I have yet to be disappointed! Check it out in my Bill Reduction Plan post, my Diet Coke Upcycling Photos and the post for my new eBook! I’m looking forward to making a few more. I picked up a darker wood-look from Lowes and I have my eye on some lighter options from Amazon. I’m also looking forward to seeing what you create. If you choose to make this tutorial your own, please drop a link to your creation in the comments below!!

Happy DIYing

P.S. If you liked this, don’t miss my DIY Photobooth Idea!

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  • Gina Lincicum

    Thank you for this! I’ve been procrastinating making one of these for my food photos, because all the DIY posts require real wood and tools (and time). Your version is SO much easier and more frugal. I love it!

    • zonemom

      Easy and Frugal…my two favorite things!! Let me know how it works for you!

  • Kia

    Very nice! Looks good and great for photos 🙂

    • zonemom


  • Shanna Rogers

    Oh wow! This is great! For those who sell on Etsy and more. 🙂 Good stuff here. I think I’ll be making on of these soon.

    • zonemom

      I didn’t even think about Etsy sellers! Great point!!

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I like the wooden background as well. I thank you for sharing this information to secure getting this.

  • Tonya Blackstone-Coleman

    Great idea! I too, love shopping in home supply stores for cool backdrop ideas too! Surprisingly, you can find a lot of ideas there.

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    Wow, before the pictures loads, I was worried about how this would look, but it is actually very beautiful. Great find!

  • maria @ close to home

    What a great idea, I could use different color backdrops. I have purchased vinyls off easy too.

  • This is a great idea. Food bloggers are always looking for inexpensive ways to make backdrops. Awesome!!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    what a great idea. I am always looking for cute dropdrop ideas.

  • This is a great idea for a backdrop for photos and judging by your tutorial super easy to do! The pictures come out fantastic!

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