Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas

Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas

Check out our Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas that are easy to recreate, and that will help you get more sales! All you need are a few supplies around the house, your phone or camera, and your Etsy product photos will look amazing in no time. Get inspired by these eye-catching product photography background ideas, and make your products stand out on Etsy.

Etsy is a growing market that has thrived so much in recent years. So, naturally, sellers are often wondering How do I make my photos look good on Etsy? How can I make my products get noticed?

With just a few tricks, you can get more clicks, engagement, and sales on Etsy. Creating a beautiful background for your photos is the first step. And there is no need to invest a lot of money in this or to use a photography studio for your shots. You just need to get creative and use the beautiful things and trinkets you have around the house.

The second step would be to edit your photos a little bit. Make sure your product is well-centered in the image, increase the brightness and contrast a bit, make the colors pop. You can read about our favorite editing apps and how we edit our photos in our Top 5 Etsy Product Photography Tips for Beginners.

But first things first, let’s start discovering a few easy-to-recreate product photography background ideas!

1. Using your desk & fresh flowers as background

Whether you have a white desk or table, or a vintage-looking one, you can use either of these to create a lovely background for your photos. Adding some fresh flowers in the frame can make your Etsy product photos even more appealing, adding more color. But make sure they don’t take away too much attention from the product!

Using flowers in product photographyPhoto by micheile dot com on Unsplash
Spring is a great season to plan some product photoshoots, with so many beautiful flowers to choose from. But many types of flowers will do, as long as they highlight the lovely qualities of your product.
Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash
Sometimes, simply adding a beautiful element like a leaf can make a huge difference for your Etsy product photo’s color palette.

2. Use wrapping paper as a background

Using wrapping paper is a great idea if you sell large products as well. You can lay out as much as you need on the floor, and carefully arrange your products on top. Make a beautiful display. Details matter in product photography.

Bonus Tip: If you use wrapping paper for your product packaging, you can try using the same print for your photo backgrounds as well. That way, your customers will have a lovely unboxing experience, matching the aesthetic of your Etsy store.

Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas

Using wrapping paper as backgroundPhoto by Cody Chan on Unsplash
Here’s a great example of the explosion of colors you can get by using a wrapping paper background.

3. Old books

If you sell small products, like jewelry, accessories, or stationery items, old books can make a great background for your Etsy product photos. Here is an example that we have used for one of our products:

Old books  – probably the easiest background to create at home in no time!

4. Notebooks and their beautiful patterns

We often use notebooks when we take photos of jewelry pieces, craft supplies, stickers, and other stationery items. Most of us have a beautiful notebook somewhere around the house. So why not use it?

Photo by Maja Vujic on Unsplash
Such a simple way to create an attractive product photography background.

5. Use your packaging

If you have designed personalized packaging, thank you cards, or stickers for your Etsy store, don’t be afraid to use them in your Etsy product photography! People love a great unboxing experience. They also love ordering gifts on Etsy for their friends and making sure they arrive beautifully packaged for their loved ones.

So if you’ve put in the work to design packaging materials, don’t be afraid to show them off!

This is a great example of how to create a background by using your very own products. The packaging is the star of the photo.

If you’ve worked to design a box for your products, it would be a pity not to include it in your photos. And it can make a lovely background for your products as well.

6. A background of leaves

If you’re at the start of your Etsy journey and have no money to invest in your product photography, using leaves is a great tip. We use this background in autumn, but you can easily create a leaf background in spring or summer as well.

Photo by Storiès on Unsplash

You might even have some fun doing some shootings outside and using the ground covered in leaves as your background.

7. Use your floor as background

If you have hardwood floors, or even a beautiful rug or carpet, you can use them as background for your Etsy product photography. This is a great idea if you have large items to take photos of. You can use a chair to lift your camera or phone higher above the ground and get a wider shot of your product.

If you sell prints or paintings, leaning them against the wall on the floor can be a good idea to take a great product photo.

Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas

8. Use the walls as backgrounds

If you sell clothing articles, it can be hard to take photos of yourself wearing them or to find a model for your product photos. So, a great and free way to take aesthetically-pleasing product photos is to use a hanger and the wall as your background.

9. Use a beautiful fabric, linen, or a throw

It’s easy to use fabrics to create a mood. Ask yourself this: what colors best describe my Etsy store and products? What colors would I choose for my personal brand? And see what you can find around the house to create that particular background color palette: scarfs, throws, sweaters, curtains, etc.

For instance, look at the wonderful example below:

Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash
It’s the perfect autumn/fall color palette, created with a scarf, some pumpkins, and some colorful leaves.
Colorful backgrounds like this one can make your Etsy product photos very eye-catching, and generate more clicks and sales. And you can easily shoot the products with your iPhone and do a few small edits to make the colors pop!
But remember this: your product needs to be the star of the photoshoot, not the background elements.

10. When all else fails, use a white light photo studio box

You cannot go wrong with a white photo background. It’s clean, it’s minimalist, it doesn’t take away any attention from the product. If your place doesn’t get much natural light, we suggest investing in a small (or large, if you seller bigger products) white light studio box.

White light photo studio box for Etsy product photos

You can get it for as cheap as $9.99 on Amazon. It’s easy to use, it doesn’t take up much space, and you can fold it and put it away when you’re done shooting your products.

We’ve used it for many years to take photos for our Etsy stores. And it’s a great product, especially if you use a phone to shoot your Etsy product photos.

Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas

We hope you have enjoyed our Top 10 Etsy Product Photography Background Ideas! Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these backgrounds, or if you have other easy-to-make, fun background ideas.

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