4 - 20x30 white foam boards (Hobby Lobby, regular price $2.99, on sale 40% off)
4 - different colored fabrics (JoAnn - all fabrics were at least 30% off)
hot glue gun, glue sticks (had at home. pictured is a spray adhesive, but I ended up just using the glue gun instead)
iron (had at home)
When looking for fabrics, my main focus was finding materials that had simple and small stitch patterns. You don't want the stitches to be so apparent that they distract from your details that you are photographing. I also made sure to see multiple of the same color fabrics side by side to find the truest color, not anything that had yellow or blue undertones. I ended up with 4 colors, white, cream with soft brown speckles, gray and dusty rose. The white and cream fabrics were muslins, the gray fabric was cotton and the dusty rose fabric was linen.
Total cost: $25.31
How to assemble:
Step 1: The first thing I did was iron the fabrics. This actually took the longest amount of time because they were super wrinkled. My friend Nicole is reading this going, "I told you to starch them!" LOL! After I ironed the fabrics, I laid them out to cool for a few minutes while I set out the boards and waited for the glue gun to heat up.
Step 2: Lay your piece of fabric on a flat surface (I used the floor because I wasn't smart enough to think about getting my folding table out...) and lay the foam board on top of it.
Step 3: I started on the 20 inch side of the board and laid a 2 inch string of glue along the edge in the middle. Then I flipped it over, pulled it taut and did the same on that side. Then I added more glue on the edges of one side and then flipped it over to do the other side.
Step 4: Then I turned the boards to the 30 inch side and essentially do the same thing with the glue. Start in the middle and pull the fabric taut enough to get rid of any wrinkles. I went back and forth on each side, gluing and pulling the fabric until I made it to the edges.
Step 5: The last thing I did was work on the corners. To make smooth corners, I just tucked the fabrics in and under to create a clean, folded corner, and then glued it down.