A styling board can be the perfect addition to add to your list of “wedding day essentials”. We would constantly get frustrated to show up to a great location on a wedding day and have to search for that perfect lighting and background to photograph the wedding invitation and bridal details on. Not to mention when you search online there are some expensive boards that are absolutely gorgeous but let’s be honest … Wedding days are chaotic and boards can get lost or damaged fairly easily with us. So, I sat down made a rough sketch of what I wanted our board to be. I wanted it to be a fabric, I want it to be sturdy & I wanted it to be INTERCHANGEABLE. That last one was actually really hard to figure out.
I enjoy being able to keep up with one board while having the ability to interchange my fabrics whenever I need something different. This also makes it super simple to remove them and run a light iron over it when needed. So read below on how to make your very own Interchangeable Styling Board. I have a shopping list below for you with links & all! Comment below with any questions or help!
- 1 Canvas – 24 x 36 was my choice; Canvas panels also work too! (Spent $30)
- 1.5 Yards of Fabric – We have a local Joann Store. The fabric used here is “premium cotton” and is about 46 inches wide. (Spent $10)
- Heavy Duty Velcro
Use a low setting with no steam to start. Try to iron out any wrinkles from the fabric. I slowly increased the heat but it’s always safe to start low and slow to prevent damaging the fabric.
Lay the fabric on the ground and place your canvas on top with the backside facing up. Make sure it is centered over the fabric and don’t trim off any excess quite yet. I always start from working at the top/bottom first before doing the sides.
You will not want to make the velcro “perfectly placed” by measurements. I actually did all of this by simply placing the velcro first on the canvas and then placing the other half of the velcro on top without the sticky part removed quite yet. Once you have 3 pieces placed on the top you can start by estimating where the other attachment needs to be on the fabric. When you are doing the first of the 2 top/bottom you don’t have to make it super tight; however, work on making it taught.
Once one of the top/bottom velcro is attached to the fabric go ahead and cut the corners as shown. I left a little bit of a lip as shown to make sure it will sit under the velcro placed on the side to keep the corner tight but also lessen the amount of fabric flapping around on the back. Follow pattern as shown.
After the first end is completed move to the opposite side and do the same thing done in Step 2 & 3. The only change is that you need to pull the fabric tighter to prevent any loose wrinkles upon completion.
Complete the sides as well! This is much more simple because there are no more cuts! Simply Redo Step 2 starting the first side tight but not too tight and then moving to the opposite siding and pulling it a little tighter.
When you are completing the final side take a look at the front of the board to see how tight you will need to pull it. I like to make sure I don’t need to add an extra piece anywhere to remove any wrinkles.
Trim off excess but don’t let the velcro be too close to the edge of the fabric. I leave about 2 inches left from the velcro. Over time it may stretch and having that flexibility in the fabric will be very helpful. The heavy-duty velcro will prevent it from coming apart as often; however, it’s very simple to add new pieces to “refresh” it a little. I have been using the same package of velcro for a long time and have never needed to rebuy yet!
It’s Ready! You can take photos with it immediately or you can continue to play with a new fabric. Once you have done this the first time the fabrics after are much easier because half of the velcro is already placed!
I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions simply write them below <3 Thanks for reading!