For the DIY wedding that wants a photobooth for a good price, an open backdrop can fit the bill. You can be as creative as you want and create a nice looking backdrop for as little as $12. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite backdrops and included complexity and price to make them. We hope you enjoy and if you have an idea of your own share it with us on Facebook!
Complexity: A good eye
Time: 2 ~ 3 Hours
Ingredients: Ivy Garland ($1.64 – Amazon), Noro Taiyo Sock ($13.50 – Amazon), Paper Flowers ($8.31 – Amazon), Juniper Pine Garland ($24 – Amazon).
Instructions: First of all, affix a single strand of yarn from one side to the other. Then tie alternating lengths of string from the single strand about every 7 inches. Take your yarn and stretch it out in clusters, draping it from one side to the other and to random strings. Rough it up a little for the messy look seen above. Drape your Juniper garland across the top and let it overhand on either side. Use your Ivy garland around the top and edges to add color and texture. Finally, take your paper flowers and tie them to random strings. Depending on the wall you may want to create your backdrop on white poster board.
Time: 30 minutes
Ingedients: Silver silk panel (x4 @ 6.90 ea – Amazon), Sheer white curtain panels (x4 @ $2.60 ea – Amazon), PVC Piping (Approx 8 feet @ $6.11 – Amazon).
Instructions: Start by inserting your PVC pipe into each of your sheer white curtain panels. About one foot from each end drape your silver silk panels up under the PVC and loop it over and to the end. Finally take your last two silver panels and drape them from the outer ends and meet them in the middle. You can simply tie them together in the middle or wrap them in a piece of cloth.
Complexity: A good eye
Price: $20 or $32
Time: 3 ~ 5 hours
Ingredients: 90″ x 130″ white linen ($11.96 – Amazon), Fabric Glue ($7.99 – Amazon), Leaf Ribbon (Optional – $11.99 Amazon)
Instructions: String up your linen on a flat wall surface. Make sure the corners are all pulled so that your surface has no wrinkles. Depending on where you live you may be able to go outside and find small vines or foliage for free to use. If you can’t you can buy leaf ribbon on Amazon. Take your foliage or use your leaf ribbon and cut sections varying in length from 1 foot to 3 feet. Start at one end and glue your leaves/stems to the cloth one at a time. Finally work your way up to form your arch frame.
Price: $16 or $22
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients: Curtain Icicle Lights (15.88 – Amazon), Sheer Curtain Panels (Optional – $5.77 – Amazon)
Instructions: Simply string your lights across a wall and plug them in. If you don’t plan on using a nice camera, the lights may interfere with picture quality. To dampen the glow (or add color) while still achieving the effect you can place the lights behind a couple sheer curtain panels.
Time: 5 ~ 8 hours
Ingredients: Approximately 600 40mm Sequins (2x @ $25.00 ea – SimplySequins.co.uk), 24X36 1/8″ White Foam Core Backings (2x @ $7.69 ea – Amazon), Soft Metallic Gold Gift Wrap Paper ($7.49 – Amazon), Sequin Pins (2x @ $3.14 ea), Tape ($3.00 – Anywhere).
Instructions: While this is the most expensive of all the options I felt the need to include it simply because it makes a nice statement and is easy to do. First lay out your Foam backings and tape together. Then wrap with gift wrap. Next, tape it together in the back. Be sure to get your wrapping paper as flat as possible. Start in one corner and use your sequin pins to pin the sequins to the foam backing. Finally work your way left to right and stagger your sequins with each row.
We may create each backdrop and allow our brides to rent them in the future, so keep an eye out for them in our shop!