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How to Make DIY Instagram Backgrounds for $5.00

Make your own Instagram Backgrounds

You guys!!! I have been lusting after this wall in Houston and after lots of scheming and planning with my husband we figured out a way to achieve a similar look without having to paint the outside of our house 😉


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The first thing we did was purchase wood at good old Home Depot. We went with a 4×8 thin sheet of utility paneling ($10.00) and had it cut down to size (3.5 ft x 4 ft) right at the store. YES, they do this for you right in the store. All you have to do is ask. I think it costs like $.25 per cut, but it’s sooooo worth it because that way you don’t have to worry about using a saw + it’s a lot easier to transport two smaller pieces of wood than it is a 4×8 piece of wood. We opted for 3.5 feet because that’s about all the space we could fit in our SUV 🙂


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While at home depot, I also purchased 4 of the Glidden paint samples in the colors that I wanted. They were about $3.00 each. Once home we painted the pieces of wood with a small roller. My recommendation for you is to pour the paint right on the wood and use the roller to spread it around. The lighter colors will need two coats, while darker colors will only need one.


We screwed two screws into the fence for easy hanging!

The next thing we did was to drill two holes at each end of the board. This way we could hang it wherever we liked..outdoor or indoor! For the outdoor part of this project, we screwed two screws into our fence and whenever we need to can then just hang the background on the fence. It’s PERFECT! For indoor photography, I have a background stand that we used to hang the backgrounds. I simply used a shower curtain loopy thing to attach it to the rod.


I also used shower curtain hooks to attach the backgrounds to a photography hanging pole thingy!

The photo above shows you the before & after picture. I used Photoshop to enhance the image and extend the background! P.S. Photoshop is like $10 a month and SOOOOO worth it!

So there you have it…Indoor/Outdoor Instagram Backgrounds for only a few bucks each!

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Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 12 comments

  1. Stacy

    Love this! So clever. I do the same to make backgrounds for photos since my kitchen needs renovated and has hideous counters!

  2. Nicole

    Awesome idea mama especially if you live in an all tan world like I do!
    xo, Nicole

    • Chrystie

      Girl…my neighborhood is all tan and brick! I feel ya!

  3. Sheena Stewart

    Great idea! Love this and all your “thingys” lol!

  4. Kayla

    Minty Blue is your color!

  5. Lauren

    This is genius!

  6. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side

    This is awesome! Love it.

  7. jess

    Hi chrystie
    would love to know your thoughts on the new instagram algorithm & how blogs can stay relevant and keep high engagement!
    thanks for your insightful posts x

  8. Michele

    Hi Chrystie!
    Great post! Just the inspiration I needed. Thanks for sharing. That minty blue color is perfect for my skin care spa posts. Can you please tell me the color name/brand of it? It’s amazing!

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