If you’re just starting out in product photography, you’ve probably noticed the cost. And if you haven’t, you’re about to. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) All of the equipment can get very expensive to purchase for your collection! However, there’s a way around that. So, before you break the bank, I’ll teach you a few DIY backdrops and props you can easily do at home.

DIY Backdrops

First of all, backdrops are pretty essential. And not only for product photographers! They can create a whole new scene no matter what your space looks like. Even better? You can create two backdrops on one board for added versatility. 

You might need to make a quick trip to the hardware store for this one.

You’ll need:

  • MDF board (any size you need)
  • Paint (any colors you like)
  • Sponge 
  • Paint roller


  1. Set your MDF board on some tarp or old newspaper.
  2. If you’re painting one solid color, use the paint roller to do this as it creates the best effect.
  3. If you’re painting a few colors, you can use the sponge to blend these out and create a beautiful effect.
  4. Keep going with as many coats as desired until you get the look you want.
  5. Once dry, you can flip the board and create another color or pattern on the other side!

DIY Props

Out of all the props, there’s one that has my heart. Can you guess which? Risers! They help create depth and different heights in your product photos. Showcasing items at different levels is eye-catching and a sure way to create an interesting shot. 

A trip to the dollar store or a craft store has the supplies for these DIY risers.

You’ll need:

  • Craft boxes in various sizes
  • Paint (any colors you like)
  • Mini paint roller


  1. Use the mini paint roller to paint the outside of the boxes.
  2. Add additional coats until you’re satisfied.
  3. Paint the lids of the boxes if you’d like shorter risers.


For those of you new to product photography, GOBO stands for Go Between Optics. It’s what I use to create shadows in my images. You can buy them already made, however, all of the ones I currently use are also DIY. 

Only two items are needed for this one, and you can find them at the dollar store! 

You’ll need:

  • Foam core
  • Exacto knife

  1. Use the knife to cut shapes out of the foam core (window, stripes, patterns, etc.)
  2. Place the foam core GOBO between light source and scene to cast interesting shadows onto your scene.

There you have it. Some easy DIY backdrops and props to grow your collection! Let me know if these were helpful, or if you have any other requests you’d like to share. And once you have your gorgeous shots, remember: it’s all about maximizing your product photography.

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