White marble has been the “it” photography background for a while now; you’ve seen it all over magazines, Instagram and the blogosphere. Today I’ll show you how to easily create your own white marble background without spending a fortune.
To create this, you will need a few things: first and most importantly you will need white/grey marble self-adhesive vinyl. You can find it at any arts and craft store, home depot, etc. I bought my on amazon right here. You will also need a board of some sort to act as your surface, scissors, a towel, razor and an extra pair of hands, if possible (it’s much easier to do this if you have help). You can use a piece of plywood (wouldn’t recommend that though, since the surface isn’t completely smooth), maybe an old cutting board that you have sitting around or a simple cardboard. I used 12” x 24” plexiglass sheet (you can find a similar one right here). Plexiglass is great for this, because it’s smooth, light and thin which makes it very easy to store and move around. If you are going to use plexiglass for this, make sure that you go with the size you want, because plexiglass is very, VERY difficult to cut and/or trim.
The first thing I did was to measure out the self-adhesive vinyl against my surface. My board was 12” x 24” and I cut out my vinyl to measure 15.5” x 27”. Before you remove the film and begin to attach the vinyl to your surface you have to make sure that both your board and the surface that you’re working on is clean. Even things as small as a dog hair or a tiny crumb can create small bumps and bubbles under your vinyl, so make sure you wipe everything down with a dry towel.
Now, this is where the extra pair of hands comes in handy; one person should hold the board steady and hold up the vinyl and slowly remove the protective film, making sure the vinyl doesn’t stick to the surface unevenly, while the other person should slowly attach vinyl to the surface, while gently pressing it down using a clean towel, going back and forth across the board, to avoid any bubbles from forming underneath. You can also do it by yourself of course, but if you really want your background to be smooth and free of bubbles, it’s better to have a little help.
After you are done attaching the vinyl to your surface, turn it around and trim the excess all around your plexiglass, using a razor.
Hope you found this helpful, let me know if you have any questions!