That Marble Blog Photo Background for £4!



Long have I envied those perfect Instagram marble worktops I've seen from some of my favourite bloggers, so imagine my surprise when I heard that the rest of us can do the same for £4 from Wilko! Obviously, this isn't my original idea and a few people have pointed it out on blogs or Twitter, however I thought I'd share it with you lovely readers who may not know this little trick. So here is how I do it: 

Firstly you can pick up your marble-effect sticky back plastic from Wilko for £4 for the lighter colour or £5 for the darker colour (you get a larger roll in the darker shade for your extra £1). You can either stretch it out carefully and use it like that, cover your dressing table or another surface with it or you can back it with something.


You're going to want to use something smooth, as I tried it with cardboard and the ridges just showed through. If you have anything lying around the house then use that but if you haven't then don't worry. Personally, I just grabbed a kitchen mat for £4 from Wilko on the way to the till as the glass surface is perfectly smooth. Use the grid on the back of the plastic to cut off the right amount and then you can carefully peel away the back and position the mat (or other backing). Make sure there are no air bubbles (by smoothing out the front of the plastic with a flannel or something) and then fold over the corners to stick it all in place. Cut off any excess and voila! 


Now all you need to do is set up your photo and use a bit of camera trickery and no one will know that you don't have a gorgeous marble table in your background... Unless they read this post...


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104 comments

  1. This is genius! I really need to try this because I'm so tired of my bland white background.
    The Makeup League

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  2. What a good idea. It looks so real.

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  3. I've been looking for this for so long - thank you!!!! I bought the ceramic tray from h&m but this is so much nicer looking!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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    1. You could even do both together :) xx

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  4. This is such a good idea, I never would have thought of this!

    Paige | Paige-Says

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  5. I'm definitely going to do this, it's just such a good idea!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  6. Oh my gosh this is so handy and it always look so gorgeous thanks for the heads up xx

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  7. Oh my gosh this is so cool *u* I love the photo you took with it!
    ~Kiyomi from kokorosasa

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  8. Such a good idea! I have seen those photos on Instagram too and they look amazing!

    X Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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    1. It's nice to know you can do the same for £4! xx

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  9. I noticed you changed your background to the marble one a while ago and i honestly thought it was like a kitchen work surface! This is so easy to do x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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  10. Love it! Easy to store away too! Might have to head over to Wilko sometime soon :)

    Tara | This Millennial Girl xox

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  11. Thanks for sharing this tip!! I love using wallpaper samples best, and some of my shabby chic furniture!!

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty // YouTube Channel

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    1. I love seeing home accessories as props :) xx

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  12. Brilliant idea Jasmine! Defo going to try it out :)

    Maria x
    www.cruzbeauty.com

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  13. This I such a brilliant idea I'm really running out of ideas of picture backgrounds so thankyou!
    www.misslaurenmorgan.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. You're welcome, hope it helps you get excited about your photos again! xx

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  14. I'm definitely going to try this! Genius :)

    helen x

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  15. Great tip! Easy to DIY for a cute background!

    She Likes to Shop

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  16. WOW Love this DIY!
    You have an amazing blog!
    xx
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  17. I'll definitely be stealing this idea! I like using patterned papers and wallpaper from Paperchase and Laura Ashley! x

    Always, Alice x

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    1. I love the patterned sheets Paperchase do! xx

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  18. I think I am going need to try this! I also think that would make a really pretty, and simple wall decoration as something a little bit different! I think I need to head to wilkinson!

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  19. Thanks for sharing this, I'm kinda getting bored of my wood background so would love to add something like this to the mix x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Yeah it's nice to switch things up! xx

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  20. This is such a good idea! I've been using books and sheets of wrapping paper from Paperchase recently as I love their designs!

    Roxie ♥
    thebeautifulbluebird.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too - they're far too pretty (and expensive lol) to actually use as wrapping paper! I have some framed in my bedroom xx

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  21. Oh my god, this is genius! I'm so excited to try this.

    Roxy xox
    www.splashesofvogue.com

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  22. I ordered my marble background online but so handy that they have some in Wilko too, mine are definitely bubbling up and getting slightly destroyed. *Runs off to Wilko* ;)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Yeah it doesn't last forever but at £4 a go it's so easy to re-purchase! xx

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  23. this is such a great idea! thank you for sharing!

    www.daintydweeb.blogspot.com
    xo

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  24. This is such a great post! I did buy some sticky back plastic from eBay with a wood effect, but the bubbling was just awful so I gave up xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It definitely took me a fair few attempts to get rid of the bubbles! xx

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  25. I love this idea - looks so impressive! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  26. love this :) i use my white table as my background

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    1. I like white backgrounds for really showcasing the products :) xx

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  27. I usually use my white drawers for the background but I'm definitely going to pick some of this up for a bit of versatility :) thanks for sharing!

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah it's nice to have a few different backgrounds to play around with :) xx

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  28. Such a great idea! I love interesting backgrounds that really pull a picture together. I will have to look into picking something like these up. :)

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  29. Love this! Absolutely stunning photos!

    Glam night look over at-
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  30. Yay! Thanks for sharing Jasmine! I am not always at the same place as I am travelling a lot and good backgrounds are not always easy to find so I will definitely try this!!! xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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    1. Yeah me too - it's nice to have something you can easily transport :) xx

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  31. Such a great idea Jasmine - thank you for sharing...Wilko here I come! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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  32. Been looking in my local wilko for this and can't seem to find it

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  33. I did something similar, but on the back of my foam boards! Since I had two, and only applied the marble vinyl paper to one side each, I now have a couple nice ways to shoot different photos for less than $15! I can still use the white side of one of the foam boards to use as a light reflector too [=
    ♡Em | www.haulanddupes.com

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  34. This is such a great idea and so affordable! My laptop case is actually this print so I just pop my products on top to take my photos x

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    1. That's amazing - need to get my hands on a nice laptop case :) xx

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  35. My local Wilko didn't have these so I got some for £10 from Homebase, can't believe you got it so cheap! My roll was huge so I covered the tops of my bookcase and chest if drawers in my bedroom, along with a plank of wood to sit across the bath. It looks amazing, and bonus I can use it for blog photos, winner all round!

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

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    1. That's great! I used it on top of my IKEA beauty storage :) xx

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  36. i love looking at different backgrounds like this! i actually debated getting marble contact paper to put on my desk and seal it in with a glass top, but that's a little far off for me now. right now i've been using scrapbooking paper, and i love the marble feel, it's gorgeous! this was such a great idea.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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  37. Love this sweet! Fab idea xx

    Www.pltlucy.co.uk

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  38. Such a good idea, I definitely think I'm going to have to do this!

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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  39. I love posts like this, soooo helpful thankyou Jasmine!
    I don't have space for a gorgeous white glossy dressing table and my current one is a fitted beech wood type of deal, which is staying o matter what (mums rules not mine haha) so this is a great way to add a bit of beautiful pizazz into blog photos!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. Haha mine is a fitted one too! It's nice to pretend xx

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  40. Excellent tip! I want to improve my blogging photos, props and backdrops big time! Thanks for sharing. sabiha x

    franklyflawless.com

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  41. I picked up the lighter marble one from Wilkos a few weeks ago, I just haven't got round to actually sticking it onto any surface or board just yet. I think I will now though, looks great in your blog photos.
    -Rumbie Love - xx

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    1. I love the effect it gives - give it a go :) xx

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  42. Wooow.. I only use my old magazine for the background of my picture LOL :D

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    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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  43. What a fab ideal!! I was going to go to Wilko this week and this just made the list! Thanks for sharing, love!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  44. This is such a great idea! I'm getting bored of my magazine or white backgrounds, I need to mix it up. Thanks for sharing :) x

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  45. This is genius! *runs to Wilko straight away*. I'd actually not heard this mentioned before!

    Sophie | www.dreamsandcolourschemes.com

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  46. This is amazing, will be trying this one out :) x

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  47. Didn't know Wilko stocked these! I bought mine from eBay for a similar price though!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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