DIY Textured Styling Board Tutorial

We're thrilled to be sharing a tutorial with you today from one of our past Bloom attendees! Brit joined us for Bloom Bash Seattle back in 2015 and we are just so proud of her for where she is now, what she's doing in her business, and mostly, just the genuine, kind, and super talented person she is. We're so glad she's sharing her talents with us and our readers today. 

If you're a wedding photographer, stylist, or shop owner who wants to get stellar pictures for your clients or of your products, the first step in achieving this is your background. Ashley always brings a styling board covered in fabric to her weddings to shoot details on, but today Brit is showing us how to make a TEXTURED background. It's simple and even pretty fun! Get the step by step tutorial below.

diy styling board tutorial

Styling boards have become more popular over the last year, and for good reason! They are the perfect size for bringing along to weddings to style detail shots. And they’re also great for brand photos or shots of your products! I’ve seen shops popping up offering 12in x 18in styling boards for close to $60, but I’ve found an affordable (and fun) hack so you can make your own styling boards for around $15!

diy styling board
DIY styling board
diy styling board

Supplies (all from Home Depot):
$2.94 Mineral Mauve Glidden Sample Size
$3.72 ¼ in 2ft x 2ft Medium Density Fiberboard
$6.98 Patch-N-Paint Spackle 32 oz (you’ll need much less!)
$.58 Homax 1 ½ in Putty Knife

Additional Supplies:
Paint Brush
Old Sheet or Drop Cloth

diy styling board
  1. Lay your fiberboard on an old sheet or drop cloth, and start applying the spackle with the putty knife. I tried making the texture swirled and interesting, but wound up having better luck applying it straight down.

  2. Cover the entire board with the spackle, starting in the top left corner, and working your way down left to right. Cover about 3-5 in sections at a time.

  3. Allow to dry overnight.

  4. Paint the dried spackle with a color of your choice. I used Glidden’s Mineral Mauve, and can’t wait to make other colors. Use a color that matches your brand but compliments the products or details you’ll be photographing.

  5. Boom, you’re done! Now go take pretty pictures!

diy styling board
diy styling board
diy styling board
diy styling board
diy styling board
diy styling board
diy styling board

Want tips for taking cohesive images with your phone? Grab Brit’s free Cohesive iPhoneography Worksheet here.

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Brit is a brand strategist & photographer living and working in Lancaster, PA. She’s a past Bloom Bash attendee, and loves helping creatives look more legit online. 

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