If you are a fashion, food, or lifestyle blogger, or an avid photographer on Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve posted a shot featured on a gorgeous marble background.
I have spent many hours scouring retailers for that ‘perfect’ marble surface but the problem is it’s heavy and … expensive! After a bit of research, and a few (poor) photography background purchases, I’ve found an inexpensive way to create your own marble background without the expense or problem of using and storing a heavy backdrop.
If you’re a bit of a marble aficionado you may notice the difference between a real marble surface and a faux one. But to the average Jane or untrained eye, you will not notice (or care about) the difference.
It took me less than 10 minutes to create this backdrop and it’s one of my favourite backgrounds to shoot on. The secret: a roll of good quality matte marble contact plus a cast acrylic board (perspex/plexiglass) already cut to size. You can also use foam board or plywood but my preference is acrylic as it’s a smoother and sturdier surface.
I am totally hopeless when it comes to covering my kids’ books in contact so I was amazed at how easily the contact adhered to the acrylic with no bubbles or creases. The benefit of acrylic is that it’s easy to pull back the contact and start again if you do cover it terribly the first time around.
Where to buy your supplies
I’m in Australia and so I purchased the marble contact from Kmart and the acrylic surface from Eckersley’s Art & Craft. The acrylic cast sheet I purchased was 3mm (1/8″) thick and 420mm x 594mm (or 16″ x 24″). All up, this cost me less than AUD$23 which is a great alternative to real marble.
If you are overseas you can find lots of options on Amazon. My preference is to go for a matte version, as the gloss is too shiny. For a link to the matte version on Amazon, click here.
For the acrylic cast sheet, think about what size you need for your photo shoot. I’ve found that the 16″ x 24″ size is sufficient enough for my flatlay shots. However, if you require a larger surface area there are plenty more options.
Whichever size you opt for just make sure that the size of the contact paper will cover the size of the surface.
How to create your own marble backdrop
If you have ever applied contact to a surface you know that slow and steady wins the race. Good quality contact is also important. Make sure all the surfaces are clean and you apply the contact in a slow fashion. Start at one end and slowly with a cloth or ruler lay down the contact onto the surface. If you have an extra pair of hands feel free to enlist their help. I did mine on my own and it turned out great. Well, I think so anyway!
What do you think? Will you give this DIY project a go?
If you want to know what the best backdrops are for flatlay and product photography, click here.
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