Paint your own DIY Instagram Backgrounds

Make your own DIY instagram backgrounds

If you're anything like me, you browse instagram at least once a day for inspiration, design ideas, or maybe you're just having a really crappy day and your apartment doesn't allow dogs, so for a little visual therapy, you need to see what @frank_the_wiener is up to today! 

Hence, in an attempt to bring a little more color and a little more joy to the instagram world, I painted some fresh new backgrounds. I got tired of flimsy card stock and poster boards that end up bent and wrinkled in no time. I knew I needed something sturdier, and decided to check out Home Depot for a better solution. I found these inexpensive gypsum boards (also known as wallboard or drywall). They sell them in 2 ft. x 2ft. squares, and they are perfect for painting. You can paint the front and back for extra versatility, and they can be stored in a closet or under a bed or sofa. 

They're my new favorite thing, and work great as backgrounds for instagram or blog photography. 

What you'll need:

  • 2ft. x 2ft. gypsum panels (I found these at Home Depot)

  • Paint roller with tray

  • Behr paint samples in different colors

DIY Instagram backgrounds via A Charming Project

Note: If decide you want to use a bright color, I would suggest painting the gypsum board with a primer or just paint a quick base-coat with any white paint you may have on hand (which is what I did). I used Behr sample sizes and had plenty of paint left over for other projects. 

Use a small hand roller to apply a white base-coat, allow the paint to dry for about 10 minutes, then apply your color. I used 2 coats of bright paint on each board, and the color really pops! 

Paint your own DIY Instagram Backgrounds

These colors make for blog photography backgrounds. 

Make your own DIY instagram backgrounds
Paint your own DIY Instagram Backgrounds

If you want to rock the #candyminimal look in your instagram feed, these backgrounds are perfect for achieving that bright and effortless look! 

If you don't already have it, my favorite app for editing images and adding filters is A Color Story. 

Here's an example of how great the backgrounds turned out -  @charmingproject

Have fun painting and getting creative this weekend! 

Made with love,