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DIY Pallet Photo Backdrop

There’s no secret I love wood. One of my very favorite backgrounds to take photos is definitely wood. After making my beautiful Pallet Headboard, I got some leftover wood boards and I knew right away what I was going to make. An awesome pallet photo backdrop was on the way. It literally cost me $0 because I had everything from headboard and also some extra pieces in my parents tool box LOL.

DIY Pallet Photo Backdrop

DIY Pallet Photo Backdrop

Sadly for me, I gave it to my mom when I moved to Spain, so now she get’s to take pretty photos with the backdrop {Sad face =( }. She also kept my headboard {double sad face =( =( }

It didn’t take long to make. In just a few hours I had all done but just to be sure I let it dry well. I had a fun time making it so I plan on making a new one here. I’m so in love with how photos look using this type of backdrops. It’s so much better when it’s real although I have used printed backdrops too.

If you like to take pretty food photos or product photos, you definitely will love this easy pallet photo backdrop. You can make it buying wood, using reclaimed wood, leftovers, pretty much any wood you can find and can turn into boards.

So, if you love working with wood as much as I do, you will find this project fun and so useful as you can use it as a base for photos or as a background. I have used mine many times and I always love how it looks!


Now, it’s time for the full tutorial, wanna learn?

Let’s go!


  • Wood boards {the size will depend on your liking and design you wish}
  • 3 wood planks for the back. {the size would be a couple inches shorter than your whole backdrop}
  • White paint
  • Transparent Finishing Spray
  • Nails and screws
  • Flat joints
  • Screwdriver and hammer
  • White mate indoors and outdoors paint.
  • Transparent mate sealant spray.
  • Thick brush.
  • A Towel {one that you can dispose later}
  • Wood sandpaper.

Firstly, I started by cutting the wood boards I had left in half lengthwise. what I wanted was more lines in the design. I also got some short pieces that I gave them use placing them in between.


Once I got them all as I wanted, it was time to sand each piece. Hubby took over here. The idea is to sand down the edges and corners of the each board so it won’t be so sharp and it kind of gives a small rustic look.


As each board was done, I clean them well using a damp towel to remove all the dust.

Then, just like I did for the headboard, I wanted the wood marks to be visible and yet a white look. You can create this effect by watering down the paint. I made it 1:1 proportion of paint and water.

I started painting each board. To get the look I wanted it took 3 coats of paint letting each coat to dry for a few minutes.


I applied so many coats because the paint as they come is really thick and it would cover completely the wood in one coat. When you water it down, the wood absorbs slowly the paint and water in each coat and reveals the wood marks. Also you measure how much you want the white to show up.


Let the paint dry for a couple hours.



Then with a damp towel rub lightly the each board. This makes the paint more even and allows you to reveal more some wood marks in specific places that might have too much paint.



Let it dry again completely and spray the transparent sealant. It dries really quickly so this is an easy process. Just to be sure let it dry for about 30 min so the smell goes away a bit too.



Finally, it was time to add the photo backdrop support pieces.

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