5 Easy Steps for Creating a Flat Lay

I recently shared a picture on Instagram of a flat lay I’d created and I found myself getting a few comments and messages about it. This post is a bit of a different topic for me but I thought I’d go through the steps of creating a flat lay for people who wanted to play around with making their own.

1. Collect a few things that you’d like to photograph.

I always have the main reason for the photo, in this case it’s the diary, and then choose a few other props to include to. At the minute I’m enjoying using flowers and plants (fake of course because I can’t keep real ones alive!) in my photos.


2. Lay out your background.

I tend to use wallpaper samples as a) they are free and b) you can easily pick and choose depending on the theme. This one is from B&Q and is the Fine Decor White Driftwood Wallpaper. Just roll it out and ensure it’s smooth then you’re ready to start putting together your flat lay.


3. Play around with your picture.

Move around your pictures contents until you’re happy with the way it looks. I always like to try it a few different ways as I’m really indecisive!


4. Crop your picture.

Crop out the background so your focus is the objects and you can’t see any of the background. I just use the cropping tool in my photo gallery on my phone. Play around until you’re happy.


5. Use an editing app to brighten your picture.

My favourite editing app of the moment is ColorStory. You can choose two good brightening filters – POP and LITE BRIGHT. You might want a different colour effect so the filter is really down to personal choice.


Once you’ve done all of that you should have a pretty flat lay that you can use for your Instagram, Blog or whatever project you’re working on.



Does anyone else love a good flat lay? Let me know your top tips if you do.

Little Big Love

Becky xx


  1. September 22, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I love flat lays but I am so terrible at making them! I don’t know why it never seems to look right. I’ll have to try your steps!

    • Becky
      September 22, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      I think trying different angles helps. I find I have to take loads of different pictures and only once I’ve played around with cropping and filters am I ever happy.

  2. Joanna
    September 22, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Your flat lay tutorial is so useful! I was wondering where all those beautiful backgrounds came from. I should go to B&Q and take some of their wallpaper samples as well to use with my light box 🙂

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 11:52 am

      B&Q have such a good range and you can take good sized samples so it’s perfect to try a few different ones. Glad you found the post useful.

  3. September 22, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I have never done a flat lay, I feel like mine would be Terrible lol going give these tips a go 🙂

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Ha ha – just have a go and you’ll be surprised! I find just trying lots of different angles and then playing around with them in the editing app really help to get the right finished look. Have a try and let me know how you get on 🙂

  4. September 23, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Your flat lay looks great. I really need to get some more props and go get some wallpaper too. I love the elegant vibe from yours ♥

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Ah thank you. I love a good flat lay so that’s kind of you to say. I think a few little trinkets and the right background can really make your flat lay look more professional.

  5. September 23, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    This is such a great post thank you! I really need to put a lot more effort into my flat lays. I went to B&Q last week and picked up some lovely wallpaper samples, there were lots of metalic papers that i picked up ready for the xmas season. You make it look very easy and i will definitely check out Colour Story as i have never heard of it before 🙂

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Glad you found it useful. I had loads of questions about my recent flat lays so thought I’d write a quick post. I need to go in again and have another look as the metallic papers do sound ideal for some festive shots! I love colorstory – a really easy app. I also use Snapseed but find it a little harder to use.

  6. September 23, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I like to use different papers as a background too, it can make a huge difference. And some flowers will always help 🙂

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 11:45 am

      It’s a really quick simple way to change up your pictures isn’t it. I always think flowers help pad out a flat lay and add something extra.

  7. September 23, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Great advice, I’d love to create pretty flat lays just like your example. Thanks for sharing x

    • Becky
      September 24, 2017 / 11:45 am

      It’s a bit of a different topic for me bit I was getting a few questions about what I used so thought I’d whip up a quick post. Glad your found the advice useful.

  8. September 25, 2017 / 1:47 am

    I am THE WORST at flatlays, this was a really helpful post. Thanks for taking the time to write it, your flatlays are fab

  9. Sarah
    September 25, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this brilliant post! I always shy away from flat lays as I’m a bit scared of doing them well but I’ll try them with these tips xx

  10. September 28, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    This is really useful. Thank you! It was only a few months ago that I realised that everyone didn’t have amazing surfaces and walls in their houses… that they were using wallpaper samples and photo back drops. That was a game changer for me!!

    • Becky
      September 30, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Total game changer when I realised too. I had family asking me if I was really taking the pictures as I didn’t have those surfaces in my house, so I thought it was about time I wrote a quick post for those who still weren’t sure!

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