DIY Concrete Photo Backdrop

May 21, 2019 | DIY, Gardening

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Do you love taking photos? Or maybe you have your own online store or blog that needs constant photos for your posts. Do you love having multiple options for your photographs without spending a fortune on backdrops or take up a lot of storage space? If that’s the case, this is the project for you!

This project solves all those problems! It’s cheap, quick (seriously, less than 15 minutes to make one of these!), and gives you variety in your photographs so you don’t feel like everything looks identical. With all this could it get any better? Yes! Because you can customize these backdrops however you want! Change the size, shape, color, texture, you name it!

Materials:

  • 2′ x 4′ OSB (or preferred size)
  • Ready-Mix Concrete Patch
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Towels or Disposable Rags
  • Kraft Paper

Tools:

  • Sander
  • Sand Paper
  • Hand Trowel
  • Table Saw (optional)

Let’s Do This!

Cover work surface with Kraft paper or some other protective cover. Lay down the OSB, cut down to the size you want. With the rougher side of the board facing up, lightly sand with 60 grit sand paper to remove any loose bits of the OSB board. Wipe with disposable rag to get rid of any dust.

Using your hand trowel, start spreading the concrete mixture across the surface of the board. You should be applying only a thin layer of concrete, just enough to cover the board. This works best if you move from the center of the board to the edges, rotating the board once on side is done to avoid reaching.

Once board is completely covered, it’s time to apply the acrylic paints that you want. Apply by squeezing a small amount of paint while moving the bottle in the pattern you want. I like random lines in mine, so I will swirl the bottle around to get the look I want. You can do random drops, larger areas, this part is based on your imagination and your use for the photo backdrop.

Once paint is in place, grab your hand trowel. Wipe off any residual concrete from trowel before beginning this step. Once it’s clean gently run trowel over the paint, creating a blending between the paints and concrete to get your desired look. You can continue to add paint until the piece look exactly how you want it.

Once the board looks how you want it, let it dry for 24 hours. Once concrete is dry, lightly sand again with 60 grit sand paper to get any concrete bumps that may have formed. You are ready to use!

Please Note: This is not a food safe surface.

Disclaimer: Please make sure with all your projects that you have read your equipment’s safety manual and are following the recommended safety precautions. We are not responsible for the results of your DIY projects as results can vary based on your skill level, quality of materials, and age of your equipment.

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