Creating a Flat Lay Background for Bloggers

Hello to all of you lovely Moo’s! Today I’m taking you a step away from the farm and into the behind the scenes of blogging.

Jumping right into it, a ‘flat lay’ is when objects and items are arranged on a flat surface such as a table or counter in a way that is visually appealing and helps to highlight the subject matter. Like when a blogger is featuring a makeup company on their site and posts a photo of the various makeup products casually laid out for the reader to see, often mimicking a natural feel of simply being left there.


I’ve started to try & up my game in regards to my photography and while I went out and got a new camera last February, I’ve had little time to do anything else since. Enter ‘The World’s Greatest Flat Lay Life Hack’. Use wood samples from your local hardware store to make your own backgrounds!! It’s so simple, and whether you’re creating it to sell items in your online store, or if you’re featuring a new product on your blog this will be one of those small adjustments you can make to take it to the next level and it’s a great way to incorporate wood tones into your backdrops so you’re not stuck with the plain white sheet look.

Step 1: Head to your local hardware store. 

I literally walked into Home Hardware, and asked the flooring attendant if I could buy some 3×3 sections of flooring for a photography project. He informed me they only sell flooring by the case but if there was an open box to go ahead and take 1 or 2 pieces. SCORE!!!!! So one terribly excited blonde & a full shopping cart later… 20 shades of wood!

Step 2, 3, 4 & 5: Measure, Use Painters Tape, Cut, Assemble.

PicMonkey Collage

Measure the entire length of your piece of wood, then find and mark the midway point. Place a piece of painters tape across so it holds down the edges and avoids any chipping. Ensure you have a straight line & cut!

Pro Tip: Having an attractive assistant who can handle a saw helps boost project moral ;P.


Slide your pieces together et voila!! A masterpiece in the making!

All that’s left to do is make an arrangement according to what needs doing & snap a couple photos! Now of course there are always certain rules of thumb to follow and proportions to pay attention to while putting together your shot, but paired with an awesome background & a little editing you’ll be able to come up with some pretty great shots!

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I’m still exploring some of the different levels of editing but with a little self education I hope to be able to share a few other tips and tricks with you all along the way!

Love & Hugs!



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