by Kelli France, editor-in-chief

Gone are the days of using drapes and pillars as backdrops. Today’s modern photographer can get creative and think out-of-the-box with inspirational backdrops made with newspaper, streamers, wood, fabric, quilts and even Post-it notes!

Love this newspaper backdrop:

Brittany Stover Photography

Brittany Stover Photography

This flower wall is to.die.for:

Can you believe this DIY backdrop is made out of streamers, tulle, parchment paper, cotton fabric, and coffee filters?

Learn how to make yarn balls here:

Ever thought of using Post-it notes to create a backdrop?

Or construction paper:

Adorable Chevron fringe:

Crystal curtain…um lovely!

 Out of the box and outdoors:

One of my faves…a lace tablecloth backdrop:

Whether it has meaning to the family or wedding, or just because it looks great… how about a charming quilt!?

or like this:

Pretty pinwheels:

Check out this decorative tree trunk backdrop:

Tissue Garland:

 Fresh fabric and felt backdrops:

knotted strips of fabric as a backdrop:

More fun with crepe paper:

Distressed wood always looks fabulous as a backdrop: 

Layered burlap as a backdrop:

Yes, this ruffle backdrop is really made of crepe paper:



5 responses to “OUT-OF-THE-BOX BACKDROPS”

  • Karen Cooley says:

    LOVE these ideas!!! As one who doesn’t have a studio, these definitely provide some inexpensive & fun ideas to take with me. Thanks for sharing!

    March 27, 2012 at 7:44 am
  • Laurie Kuligoski says:

    Just ordered my Post It Notes!!! I am soooooooo excited!

    March 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm
  • Melissa Skorpil says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration. Using newspapers, folded decorative paper and even post-it notes shows that you don’t have to spend a fortune on backdrops. I also like that DIY backdrops can be much more modern and contemporary than the standard studio backgrounds.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:16 am
  • Melissa Gray says:

    these are such wonderful ideas! I think I’ll have to make some myself and potentially use them in the summer when I can set up in my garage space since I don’t have a studio!

    December 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm