There are lots of great options from pre-made to digitally printed backdrops available, but a lot of them are not cheap, and if you want to have a wide variety, it adds up quickly. That is why I supplement my collection with my own homemade DIY backdrops.
I have been making my own wooden tabletop backdrops like the one in the lead image for years, and you've probably seen me use it for lots of my review articles over the years. They are great for food photography, product photography, or even just showing off your physical prints and promo materials on Instagram or Facebook. Depending on the type of wood you use, they can be either light or heavy, one or two-sided, and even made to be stain resistant. I've used free pallet wood, slat floor boarding, and even simple pine boards, all with great results. The best part is how you can custom-age them using a variety of painting techniques, but my favorite part is damaging the wood to make it look like industrial flooring.
Joanie Simon over at The Bite Shot channel does a great job of breaking down the steps and basic tools needed to start making your own wood backdrops. There are lots of different materials, ways to paint, and methods to age the wood, but the methods used in this video are very similar to how I make my own, and you can experiment to meet your own personal needs. Your local big box hardware store is a great place to look for wood, with a wide variety of planks and even lightweight flooring that can all be bought and cut small for your needs right in the store. A quick search on YouTube for painting and staining wood flooring will give you tons of great artistic techniques to play around with.
Another great source for backdrops is found materials. Do you have any great backdrops you either made or found that you use?