For a while now, I’ve been meaning to up my blog-tography game. Without a typical, go-to background and only my iPhone 6 camera on hand, I’ve found that when I take product or stock photos, they can sometimes look a bit… underwhelming. I know a decent camera would improve things tenfold, but the truth is I’m a bit of dragon when it comes to my money — I’m a hoarder, a saver, a keeper. So I needed something as inexpensive as possible to help things look more profesh, and figured a cute li’l marble (of course) background would be a good place to start.
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers use sticky-back plastic, which is a genius idea, but with rolls of the patterned stuff ranging from about £5-£10, I challenged myself to spend even less money (yeah, when I say I’m cheap, I really mean it). Also, I’m butter-fingered enough as it is — can you imagine the mess I’d get myself into with sticky-back plastic?!
Primark are always on the ball when it comes to blogger trends, I’ve found, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before they churned out something I could use, and lo and behold!
— Juliet | Not Capulet (@JulietRFisher) April 24, 2017
That’ll do, donkey, that’ll do!
For the actual construction of my background prop, I nabbed a cardboard box from my mum’s room, although I suppose any lightweight flat surface would do. Even an inexpensive canvas or wall-art from somewhere like B&M would do the trick.
I cut the cardboard box up to the appropriate size (making sure the width was narrower than the wrapping paper to avoid any messy joining), and used sticky tape to patch up any uneven parts.
Then I unrolled one large piece of the wrapping paper and affixed it to the cardboard. I did this by turning the paper pattern side down, placing the cardboard on the top, and folding the paper over the edges before sticking it down with the sellotape. Make sure you try to keep the paper as taut as possible when you’re doing this to avoid as many crinkly bits as you can!
And voila! Not the neatest or most sophisticated means of crafting one of these, but I tell you what — it doesn’t look half bad close up!
It doesn’t have to be marble either, because I know it’s a bit of a ~trend~ (you gotta admit it looks pretty though). IKEA and Wilko’s both have quite extensive ranges of gift wrap, and I’m a little bit in love with this gold art-deco gift wrap from ASDA of all places!